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  • UOSSM Continues Response to COVID-19 By Providing Oxygen Generator to Area Hospital

    UOSSM continues its response to COVID-19 by providing an oxygen generator to an area hospital. In addition, UOSSM provided maintenance to 11 oxygen stations throughout northwest Syria. Watch the video to learn more.

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  • published COVID-19 Update in Coronavirus in Syria Updates 2020-12-28 12:25:13 -0500

    COVID-19 Update

    COVID-19 UPDATE: There are a total of 18,949 cases of COVID-19 in northwest Syria, with 175 new cases reported today. 260 people have died from the Coronavirus. We hope everyone continues to be vigilant about wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing if possible. We pray for the safety and well-being of everyone.


  • published November 2020 NL in NEWSLETTERS 2020-12-18 16:40:32 -0500

    November 2020 NL

    UOSSM USA's latest news and updates!

    November 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

     

     

    UOSSM Activities

    UOSSM USA Continues Winterization Campaign for Displaced Families in Northwest Syria

    Winter is almost here, and for those living in displacement camps in northwest Syria, this is the beginning of a season filled with human suffering and misery from extreme cold and horrible living conditions. Tens of thousands of families are living in displacement camps with little to no access to the basic necessities needed to survive. Many do not even have tents. COVID-19 remains an immediate threat with no ability to social distance in crowded displacement camps, no access to clean water and soap, and weakened immunity due to limited access to food and medical care. These families will be living in the extreme cold with hardly any protection from the outside elements.

    UOSSM USA is taking proactive measures to protect thousands of internally displaced families in camps this winter. We want to help distribute tents, warm blankets, hygiene kits, and nutritional food baskets to those who need it most. This initiative will help save their lives and alleviate their suffering. YOU CAN HELP! For $400 we can provide a family of 5 with 1 tent, blankets, and a 3 month's supply of nutritious food and hygiene essentials. This is less than $5/day. Every dollar helps. Our ultimate goal is to raise $400,000 to provide these winter kits to 1000 families. Please support our work and help us provide them with nutrition, shelter and warmth.

    Please click here if you would like to support this campaign.

    UOSSM Continues Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Northern Syria

    UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing medical care in northern Syria. There has been an alarming rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area. UOSSM continues to provide medical care and has trained healthcare service providers on handling COVID-19 cases. In addition, UOSSM established 12 testing and triage centers outside of 12 healthcare centers, and established 12 COVID-19 Community Treatment Centers. UOSSM has also distributed over 50,000 KN95 masks, provided the Idlib National Hospital with an oxygen generator, repaired 11 additional oxygen generators for 11 other medical facilities, and is providing mental health support to healthcare workers on the front lines. UOSSM continues to provide awareness campaigns about COVID-19 as well, and is continuing with the following measures:

    • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
    • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
    • Sterilization of displacement camps
    • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
    • Distribution of nutritious food baskets
    • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
    • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

    UOSSM Operates Two Medical Centers In Cooperation with Kilis Health Directorate

    On November 14, Dr. Mahmoud Arek, the Kilis Health Director, handed over two medical centers to UOSSM in Barooza and Ihtimalat in eastern Aazaz of northern Aleppo. UOSSM will operate the centers following Turkish healthcare standards and protocols. UOSSM will manage both medical centers that will provide the following medical services: internal medicine, dental clinic, midwife and pediatric clinic, pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory, mental health and psychosocial support services.

    Impact Story- Abd Al Jaleel’s Story: From Severe Malnutrition to Completely Healthy

    This baby has been suffering since he was born. He is part of a displaced family living in a displacement camp in the southern Idlib countryside. His father was killed by a bombing... Abd Al Jaleel, 1, was brought to the UOSSM Maarat Masreen Primary Healthcare Center because he was losing weight and did not have an appetite. He had been very sick with infections since he was 4 months old.

    After Abd Al Jaleel was examined, he was referred to the nutrition clinic for further nutrition care. His arm circumference was measured with the MUAC bracelet showing that he had severe acute malnutrition. We are happy to report that after two months of treatment and follow up at the nutrition clinic, Abd Al Jaleel is no longer malnourished and is eating well again! He continues to visit the center for follow up nutrition care treatment and prevention.

    Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

     

    Did you know?

    Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

    In 2019:

    • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
    • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
    • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
    • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on
      women and children
    • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000 people
    • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019

     

    UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

    Copyright © *2020* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

    Our mailing address is:

    UOSSM USA
    101 E Park Blvd, Ste 600
    Plano, TX 75074

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  • published October 2020 in NEWSLETTERS 2020-12-18 15:52:22 -0500

    October 2020

    UOSSM USA's latest news and updates!

    October 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

     

     

    UOSSM Activities

    UOSSM USA Launches Winterization Campaign for Displaced Families in Northwest Syria

    Winter is almost here, and for those living in displacement camps in northwest Syria, this is the beginning of a season filled with human suffering and misery from extreme cold and horrible living conditions. Tens of thousands of families are living in displacement camps with little to no access to the basic necessities needed to survive. Many do not even have tents. COVID-19 remains an immediate threat with no ability to social distance in crowded displacement camps, no access to clean water and soap, and weakened immunity due to limited access to food and medical care. These families will be living in the extreme cold with hardly any protection from the outside elements.

    UOSSM USA is taking proactive measures to protect thousands of internally displaced families in camps this winter. We want to help distribute tents, warm blankets, hygiene kits, and nutritional food baskets to those who need it most. This initiative will help save their lives and alleviate their suffering. YOU CAN HELP! For $400 we can provide a family of 5 with 1 tent, blankets, and a 3 month's supply of nutritious food and hygiene essentials, which is less than $5/day, every dollar helps. Our ultimate goal is to raise $400,000 to provide these winter kits to 1000 families. Please support our work and help us provide them with nutrition, shelter and warmth.

    Please click here if you would like to support this campaign.

    Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA Speaks At University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Convocation

    Dr. Khaula Sawah, president and co-founder of UOSSM USA spoke at a virtual convocation at her alma mater at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy where Dr. Sawah earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She spoke of the defining moments students will have during their time in college and the journey of her life. Dr. Sawah shared challenges and advice as a pharmacist and humanitarian, to the students.

    Dr. Sawah continued with her speech shedding light on the Syrian crisis and the level of human suffering millions continue to experience for over 10 years, and her journey into becoming a humanitarian working to support the Syrian cause. Dr. Sawah said, " Our lives are guided by what we believe in...guided by our principles. Regardless of your background and support system, if you fight for what you believe in it will drive you forward  no matter the condition, you will create that support system, regardless of your situation. This will allow you to continue your journey and chart your path to your future."

    UOSSM Provides the National Hospital in Idlib With New Oxygen Station in Response to COVID-19

    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and to improve the flexibility and accessibility of health services to communities and individuals, UOSSM provided the National Hospital in northwest Syria with a new oxygen station. The capacity of the oxygen generator should be at least 40 m3 or equal to 150 cylinders (50L\100 bar) in 24 hours. In addition, UOSSM will rehabilitate and update 11 oxygen stations in 11 facilities. UOSSM continues to implement an emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following measures: 

    • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
    • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
    • Sterilization of displacement camps
    • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
    • Distribution of nutritious food baskets 
    • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
    • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

    In addition, UOSSM continues to provide awareness and training on COVID-19 to medical and administrative personnel.

    UOSSM Participates in Press Conference on the Spread of COVID-19 in Northwest Syria

    On October 28, UOSSM, along with the Idlib Health Directorate, the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets), and other local NGOs, participated in an urgent press conference. The press conference provided the latest numbers of confirmed cases, deaths, and other updates about the spread of COVID-19 in Idlib, and the response of humanitarian and medical organizations to the coronoavirus pandemic.

    Impact Story- Mohammed Suffers From Cerebral Atrophy, But Now He Can Walk on His Own!

    Mohammed is 6 years old and lives in the Kafr Daryan displacement camp along with his mother and grandfather in northwest Syria. His father has been missing for over 1 1/2 years. Mohammed has been suffering from cerebral atrophy since birth, making him unable to stand or walk. His family's financial situation prevented him from getting any medical treatment in specialized centers. This made his situation worse. Mohammed's mother heard about the physiotherapy center in UOSSM's Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center and took him there for an examination.

    After many tests and thorough examination the specialists concluded that Mohammed is able to walk but never had the proper guidance or training to learn how since he did not have access to the appropriate medical care. UOSSM specialized therapists prepared a treatment plan for the young boy which began with intensive physiotherapy including balancing and eventually, walking. Mohammed initially had difficulty walking due to his fear of falling. Through perseverance and determination his fears slowly faded away and he was able to take his first steps.  After two months of intense therapy and specialized exercises, we are so happy to report that Mohammed can walk on his own without any fear and without any help, thanks to our supporters who helped make this happen!

    Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

     

    Did you know?

    Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

    In 2019:

    • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
    • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
    • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
    • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on 
      women and children
    • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000  people
    • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to overmillion patients since establishment through the end of 2019

     

            

    UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

    Copyright © *2020* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

    Our mailing address is:

    UOSSM USA
    101 E Park Blvd, Ste 600
    Plano, TX 75074

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  • published Physical Rehabilitation in OUR PROGRAMS 2020-12-18 12:22:21 -0500

    Physical Rehabilitation

    UOSSM’s rehabilitation centers in northern Syria and Turkey offer physiotherapy and rehabilitation services to those suffering from physical weakness, injuries, congenital or acquired disabilities to improve their quality of life and increase the ability for independent individuals to positively contribute to society. The urology and bladder rehabilitation center is the only one of its kind in northern Syria.

    Rehabilitation Services in Syria

    UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation, located in the Idlib suburbs in northwest Syria, consists of the long-term care center, physiotherapy center, and urology and bladder rehabilitation center. The urology and bladder rehabilitation center is the only one of its kind in northern Syria. The physiotherapy center has been providing services since 2014.

    Long-Term Care (LTC) Center

    A nursing home center that provides extended, long-term care accommodations and services to patients with lengthy recovery periods, including wound care, medical treatment, physiotherapy and PSS services.

    Physiotherapy Center

    The center is comprised of a waiting area, physiotherapy equipment room, and different treatment rooms for women, children and men. The center offers services for medical conditions such as: peripheral and central nerve injuries, Guillain Barré Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, orthopedic injuries that may lead to movement restriction, or arthropathy.

    Urology and Bladder Rehabilitation Center

    This is the only center of its kind in northern Syria, which is in high demand. In addition to bladder rehabilitation, the center provides a wide range of services, including cystometrogram (useful in the differential diagnosis of bladder diseases due to spinal cord injuries, congenital malformation in children, and prostatomegaly), urodynamics, diagnostic and therapeutic cystoscopy, diagnostic urethroscopy, laboratory, diagnostic biopsies, operating room for ureteral catheter placement, urological surgeries and procedures.

    A child suffering from a bladder infection undergoes a cystoscopy in the Sarmada Rehabilitation Center in Idlib Suburb in northwest Syria.

    Success Story

    Shahad was only nine months old when she first visited the Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center because she could not sit or balance herself. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Atrophy, which is the loss of brain cells, called neurons.

    She was admitted into the physiotherapy center to begin physical therapy treatment for her condition. It was difficult to work with her because she is such a young age. But the team continued to work with her and began to see improvement. After five months of treatment she was able to take her first steps! After nine months of therapy she is now able to sit and balance on her own and walk with confidence. Now, she can play just like any other child her age.


    Physical Rehabilitation Services in Turkey

    UOSSM Turkey is one of the first and primary providers of physiotherapeutic health care for predominantly Syrian refugees in Turkey, with 3 physical rehabilitation centers in:

    • Reyhanli (Hatay) – Established in 2012
    • Gaziantep
    • Kilis

    UOSSM Turkey implements physical rehabilitation services to assist injured and disabled refugees in Turkey to maintain, improve, or restore a refugee patient’s physical functioning, alleviate pain, or prevent physical dysfunction. UOSSM Turkey delivers uniform physiotherapy assessment, treatment, and follow-up services across its 3 physical rehabilitation centers; trying to meet the needs, at high standards, of all age groups of children, men and women. Among the services provided at the centers are:

    • Physiotherapy consultations
    • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
    • Prosthetic referrals if warranted
    • Pre- and post-prosthetic rehabilitation (i.e. artificial limbs)
    • Assistive devices distribution, such as wheelchairs, braces, etc., as clinically indicated;
    • Referrals to Ministry of Health system of care (including Migrant Health Centers), if warranted, with appropriate clinical follow up

    UOSSM Turkey often refers physiotherapy patients out for complementary clinical and nonclinical services and supports, such as mental health and psychosocial support services provided by UOSSM Turkey or other providers in the area, to promote wellbeing during the recovery process.

     

    Success Story

    Throughout the years of working with refugees affected by war and humanitarian crises, UOSSM Turkey has achieved many success stories at its physical rehabilitation centers in Turkey, which has led to increased perseverance on continuing humanitarian medical care, serving as many people as possible with the highest professional standards and quality.

    In summer 2019, Omar was playing outside with friends, suddenly there was an airstrike. All of a sudden, his whole world changed. Omar was severely wounded and was transported to a hospital in Turkey.

    He spent four months in intensive care. The doctors tried but could not save his legs. The damage was too extensive. Omar had to have both legs amputated.

    Omar was so sad, he just wanted to be able to play with his friends and have a normal life without feeling so helpless. Omar started visiting UOSSM's Physical Rehabilitation Center in Gaziantep in Turkey. Omar’s story is one of the most complicated cases, due to amputation of both legs. In addition, Omar had a hearing problem which further led to complication of his situation and treatment.

    Initially, Omar had to go through rehabilitation and rigorous muscle strengthening of the upper limbs. After three months, Omar was finally ready to be fitted with prosthetic legs. He learned how to balance himself and walk all over again. Omar was so determined and was able to walk again on his own in a matter of weeks. Omar continued receiving follow-up care and was able to achieve great progress despite his difficult circumstances.

    Ibrahim Alissa is Another Success Story:

    Ibrahim Alissa was suffering from cerebral palsy, he could not sit, stand, or walk on his own. He went to UOSSM Turkey Physical Rehabilitation Center in Gaziantep.

    Watch how he was able to start walking on his own!


  • published Oral Health in Turkey in PRIMARY HEALTH CARE 2020-12-17 13:31:54 -0500

    Oral Health in Turkey

    Oral Health Project Smiles For Syria

    Oral Health Preventative Services to Syrian Children Refugees in Reyhanli, Turkey.

    The oral health initiative, Smiles for Syria, was launched in January 2020 to make a difference in improving the oral health of the children in Reyhanli, Turkey, with the preventative measures haven well established proven efficacy in other parts of the world. The oral health initiative, which is led by Dr Samira Tayra, Dentist in UK, and in collaboration with a professor from Harvard University, was held in March due to COVID-19 pandemic.

    The dental clinic had been running on a daily basis, and approximately 380 children, between the age of 5 and 17, had been seen and received preventative dental treatment by the trained UOSSM Turkey community health workers under the supervision of a local dentist. The goal was to provide dental services to close to 1000 children in a 7 months period.

    The project has been very well received in Reyhanli with excellent verbal feedback being reported by parents of the children on a daily basis and a high demand for the services amongst the locals. There has also been great written feedback from the healthcare workers, who have indicated that “the training they received was very useful… and that they feel happy in being able to take part in preventing dental decay in children”.

    Each child was provided with:

    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Fluoride varnish application
    • Glass Ionomer (GIC) Fissure Sealants/ Filling
    • Sliver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) Application

    These measures will hopefully resume, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, to improve the children’s oral health and prevent dental problems in the future in a population that is already at high risk with limited access to dental care, with many children never having even owned a toothbrush.


  • UOSSM Continues to Respond to COVID-19 With Isolation Centers

    UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing isolation centers throughout northwest Syria. Please watch the video to learn more!

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  • UOSSM Community Treatment Centers Treat COVID-19 Patients

    UOSSM Community Treatment Centers accept patients experiencing COVID19 symptoms. A patient's vitals are taken along with a PCR test to confirm infection with the coronavirus. If confirmed positive, the patient is examined and is transferred to an isolation room and provided with the necessary care. #covidinsyria

     


  • COVID-19 Update; Cases Continue to Rise in Northwest Syria

    COVID-19 Update: On November 16, there were 502 new confirmed cases of the #coronavirus bringing the total to 12,354 cases in northwest Syria. Of the 502 new cases, 50 were staff working in medical facilities and 42 were displaced persons in camps of displacement. 95 people have died from COVID-19.
    The numbers continue to rise. UOSSM is on the ground responding by establishing isolation centers, providing hygiene kits, which include masks and sanitizers, and nutritious food, training staff on handling the Coronavirus, and providing educational materials to the families in displacement camps on how to protect themselves from COVID-19. We continue to pray for everyone's safety and urge people to please wash your hands, wear masks and maintain social distancing when possible. #covidinsyria

  • Mathna, A COVID-19 Patient at UOSSM Isolation Center, Recovers

    Mathna, 36, lives in Atma. He urges those experiencing symptoms of #COVID-19 to take the illness seriously. In the beginning he was experiencing symptoms of a cold with a cough. But eventually he began experiencing more serious symptoms such as a high fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, and the loss of the senses of taste and smell. He went to the #UOSSM Atma Isolation Center. The team followed all the protocols such as sanitization, examining the patient, and providing the PCR test. Mathna was urged to quarantine in his home. The test results came back positive with COVID-19, and he was provided with support and the services he needed. He was informed of the #UOSSM Isolation Centers and chose to go to the center in #Sarmada.
    We are happy to report that he has recovered from the #Coronovirus and is now in good health. We pray for a full recovery for anyone that has contracted the virus. Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

  • UOSSM Isolation Centers- in Response to COVID-19

    The displaced population in northwest #Syria is one of the most vulnerable populations in the world. With no access to primary healthcare, #COVID-19 is threatening their lives and the lives of healthcare providers in the area. #UOSSM has responded by establishing isolation centers, providing training on handling COVID-19 cases to healthcare workers, and providing them with essentials such as hygiene kits and nutritious food to strengthen their immunity and fight the coronavirus. The threat is real. Please support our work. #CovidinSyria

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  • published September 2020 in NEWSLETTERS 2020-11-16 16:42:25 -0500

    September 2020

    UOSSM USA's latest news and updates!

    September 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

     

     

    UOSSM Activities

    UOSSM USA Continues to Raise Funds to Build 2 ICUs in Yemen

    There are over 14 million people in Yemen at risk of starvation and outbreaks of deadly diseases. Five years of conflict has led to widespread destruction of hospitals, healthcare facilities, water, and sanitation systems, and caused over 230,000 deaths, primarily due to lack of clean water, food, and healthcare services. The COVID-19 outbreak in Yemen, within the current alarming frail healthcare and infrastructure, will have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people in Yemen. UOSSM USA wants to help save lives and support the Yemeni people by establishing two ICU centers to support nearby hospitals to be able to treat the people affected by COVID-19 in Sana’a and Aden. The ICU centers would help provide life-saving support to those who need it most.

    Please click here if you would like to support this campaign.

    First Doctor Dies From COVID-19 in Northern Syria

    The area of northern Syria lost its first doctor to COVID-19 on September 10. Dr. Adnan Jasem, 58, was working in Al Bab Hospital where he contracted the virus. The virus progressed quickly and landed him in the ICU with a ventilator, as he lost his battle with the coronavirus. Dr. Jasem saved countless lives, risking his life in service of others, survived a bombing in his home and was forcibly displaced several times. He is survived by his wife and four children. Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Dr. Jasem, he risked his life every day trying to save others. He survived bombings and displacement but unfortunately was unable to survive the deadly coronavirus. We would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to Dr. Jasem’s family. What a loss to the region.”

    UOSSM Continues COVID-19 Response

    UOSSM continues its proactive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of September 30, there were 1072 confirmed cases in Northwest Syria. UOSSM has been responding with the following measures: 

    • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
    • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
    • Sterilization of displacement camps
    • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
    • Distribution of nutrition and food baskets 
    • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
    • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

    In addition, UOSSM continues to provide awareness and training on COVID-19 to medical and administrative personnel.

    UOSSM Distributes Medical Consumables in Syria

    In response to the spread of the coronavirus and in support of medical facilities, UOSSM distributed medical consumables, medical supplies, lab supplies, and medicines to several healthcare centers in northwest Syria. This initiative was supported by the European Union. 

    UOSSM Supports the Central Referral System in Idlib

    UOSSM is supporting the central referral system in northern Syria to achieve the highest level of medical response possible to those who need it. The referral system consists of 64 ambulances and 5 specialized transport vehicles for patients in need of kidney dialysis. The referral system has over 190 staff. The ambulances are distributed over 64 points in 3 different regions: Northern Region- 20 vehicles, Central Region-24 vehicles (Idlib and surrounding areas), and Western Region- 20 vehicles. UOSSM continues to provide medical care and medical services to as many areas of Syria as possible, to those who need it most.

    Impact Story- Ibrahim Can Now Walk on His Own!

    Ibrahim Alissa was born prematurely. His lack of oxygen caused him to develop cerebral palsy. He couldn't crawl, stand, or walk on his own. His lower muscles were very stiff. He began visiting UOSSM's Physiotherapy Center in Gaziantep at the age of 1.

    A specialized physiotherapy treatment plan was developed for Ibrahim, with immediate and future goals in mind; to loosen his stiff muscles so he can move more easily, strengthening those muscles, so he could ultimately balance himself and walk on his own. Thanks to our supporters Ibrahim is walking on his own! Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

    Please click here to watch the video about Ibrahim.

     

    Did you know?

    Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

    In 2019:

    • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
    • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
    • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
    • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on 
      women and children
    • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000  people
    • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to overmillion patients since establishment through the end of 2019

     

            

    UOSSM USA is a US federally tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Humanitarian organization. Tax-Exempt. Tax ID 47-3403988. All donations to UOSSM USA are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law. Charitable Solicitation Disclosures available on our website: www.uossm.us

    Copyright © *2020* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

    Our mailing address is:

    UOSSM USA
    101 E Park Blvd, Ste 600
    Plano, TX 75074

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  • COVID-19 Cases Almost Tripled in Three Weeks

    The number of COVID-19 cases has almost tripled in the past three weeks. As of October 26, 2020 there are 4281 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 21 deaths in northwest Syria. The numbers continue to rise. UOSSM is on the ground responding by establishing isolation centers, providing hygiene kits, which include masks and sanitizers, and distributing nutritious food, to help build immunity, training staff on handling the Coronavirus, and providing educational materials to the families in displacement camps on how to protect themselves from COVID-19. We continue to pray for everyone's safety and urge people to please wash your hands, wear masks and maintain social distancing when possible.


  • COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

    COVID-19 Update: Confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in northwest Syria. There are now a total of 1294 total cases with 69 new cases in the past 24 hours. No new deaths were reported today. The total death toll from COVID-19 is 14 in the region. We continue to pray for everyone's health and well-being and urge social distancing and mask wearing.

  • UOSSM Prepares 3 New Isolation Centers

    UOSSM prepares to begin operating 3 new isolation centers in Areeha, Kafr Takhareem, and Banash in northwest Syria. The centers will provide health care for confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19.

    The centers admit patients with minor to moderate cases, providing them with the medical attention they require, while containing the coronavirus, preventing an outbreak which could be catastrophic. Patients with confirmed or suspected cases are sent to the isolation centers from primary and secondary healthcare centers through a coordinated referral network. Patients are transported via vehicles exclusive to COVID-19 patients.

     


  • published COVID-19 Update in Coronavirus in Syria Updates 2020-10-05 17:37:34 -0400

    COVID-19 Update

    COVID-19 Update: There are now 725 cases of COVID-19 in northwest Syria, 71 of the new cases were in the past 24 hours.


  • published UOSSM Isolation Centers in Coronavirus in Syria Updates 2020-10-05 17:34:36 -0400

    UOSSM Isolation Centers

    UOSSM has established isolation centers throughout northern Syria. The goal of these centers is to ultimately save lives by isolating cases and suspected cases of COVID-19. The centers admit patients with minor to moderate cases, providing them with the medical attention they require, while containing the coronavirus, preventing an outbreak which could be catastrophic. Patients with confirmed or suspected cases are sent to the isolation centers from primary and secondary healthcare centers through a coordinated referral network. Patients are transported via vehicles exclusive to COVID-19 patients. We hope these measures will prevent an outbreak in crowded areas in northern Syria.

     


  • published August 2020 in NEWSLETTERS 2020-09-24 12:55:51 -0400

    August 2020

    UOSSM USA's latest news and updates!

    August 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

     

     

    UOSSM Activities

    UOSSM USA Launches Campaign to Build 2 ICUs in Yemen

    There are over 14 million people in Yemen at risk of starvation and outbreaks of deadly diseases. Five years of conflict has led to widespread destruction of hospitals, healthcare facilities, water, and sanitation systems, and caused over 230,000 deaths, primarily due to lack of clean water, food, and healthcare services. The COVID-19 outbreak in Yemen, within the current alarming frail healthcare and infrastructure, will have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people in Yemen. UOSSM USA wants to help save lives and support the Yemeni people by establishing two ICU centers to support nearby hospitals to be able to treat the people affected by COVID-19 in Sana’a and Aden. The ICU centers would help provide life-saving support to those who need it most.

    Please click here if you would like to support this campaign.

    UOSSM Launches First Project for Isolation Centers in Northern Syria

    UOSSM launched its first project for isolation centers in northern Syria. The project included training medical staff on handling suspected COVID-19 cases. The training was provided to staff in 13 medical facilities in the northern Syria region. UOSSM continues to implement an emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following measures: 

    • Supporting primary health care centers (PHCs)
    • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
    • Sterilization of displacement camps
    • Distribution of hygiene kits containing sanitizing and personal care items
    • Distribution of nutrition and food baskets 
    • Establishing a distance-learning center in Afrin
    • Distributing educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

    In addition, UOSSM continues to provide awareness and training on COVID-19 to medical and administrative personnel.

    UOSSM Provides Mental Health Services to Underserved Areas on  Syria-Turkish Border

    UOSSM launched a complete package of mental health and psychosocial support services to underserved areas on the Syrian-Turkish border. Services  include outpatient clinics for mental health consultations and the support of two mental health mobile clinics with the goal of reaching underserved communities with vital mental health services. 

    UOSSM Opens Kidney Dialysis Center in Tal Abyad

    UOSSM, in partnership with the Orfa Health Directorate in Turkey, opened a kidney dialysis center in the National Hospital in Tal Abyad. It is the only center of its kind in the area and provides free kidney dialysis services to patients that suffer from kidney disease.

    Impact Story- Baraa is Now a Confident, Happy Child!

    Baraa had difficulty enunciating words due to a congenital malformation. Because of this, she had low self esteem and self confidence. She visited the UOSSM Mental Health Clinic in Maarat Masreen's Primary Health Care Center. Her visit showed she had low self-esteem. She was embarrassed to speak in front of her classmates and afraid of being made fun of, because of how she pronounces words. As a result, she would avoid playing or speaking with friends.

    A specialized treatment plan was developed for Baraa, which included daily pronunciation sessions at home led by the child's family, and a weekly visit to the clinic. Our team also met with Baraa's teacher to coordinate with her to raise Baraa's self-confidence by encouraging her to participate in class activities. Baraa's treatment ended once she was able to pronounce the letters she struggled with, regain her self-confidence and be able to participate in all of her class activities without fear of being judged. Thanks to your support Baraa is now a happy and confident child. Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

     

    Did you know?

    Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

    In 2019:

    • UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1.5 million people in Syria and Turkey
    • UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 235,000 people
    • UOSSM provided protection services to over 29,000 people
    • UOSSM provided over 93,500 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on 
      women and children
    • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to over 34,000  people
    • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to overmillion patients since establishment through the end of 2019

     

            

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  • UOSSM Continues COVID-19 Response with Isolation Centers

    UOSSM continues its response plan to the coronavirus as confirmed cases continue to rise, by opening 2 isolation centers in Armanaz and Harbanoosh in northern Syria. There were 52 new cases of COVID-19 in the region bringing the total confirmed number of cases to 265.
    We will continue to do what we can to protect the people from this deadly virus which could cause dire circumstances in crowded areas of displacement. Please support our work to help save lives.

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  • First Doctor Dies From COVID-19 in Northern Syria

    On September 9, 2020, the area of northern Syria lost its first doctor to COVID-19. Dr. Adnan Jasem was working in Al Bab Hospital where he contracted the virus. Dr. Jasem, 58, was on a ventilator, as he lost his battle with the coronavirus.
    Dr. Jasem saved countless lives, risking his life in service of others, survived a bombing in his home and was forcibly displaced several times.
    The coronavirus made its way late into northwest Syria. As of September 10, there are a total of 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, eight of which are healthcare workers. UOSSM has been working tirelessly on the ground to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
    Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Dr. Jasem, he risked his life ever day trying to save others. He survived bombings and displacement but unfortunately was unable to survive the deadly coronavirus. We would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to Dr. Jasem’s family. What a loss to the region.”


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