January 2021

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January 2021 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

 

 

UOSSM Activities

UOSSM Commemorates 9th Anniversary on January 7

As we commemorate our 9th anniversary since UOSSM was established we would like to thank you. Thank you for supporting us and trusting us. On behalf of our UOSSM family, staff and healthcare workers who put their lives on the line every single day, in support of those affected by the war in Syria, thank you. With your support, we will continue to support and provide healthcare and lifesaving support to the most vulnerable of communities. Together, we are saving lives and building hope

Please click here if you would like to support our work.

UOSSM Turkey Opens Special Needs Rehabilitation Center in Idlib

UOSSM Turkey opened a Special Needs Rehabilitation Center (SNR) in Idlib. The center began operating on February 1, 2021. The center will provide services to children with special needs, pervasive development disorders (such as Autism), mental retardation (such as Down Syndrome), language and speech disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and children with learning difficulties in schools. In addition, the center will provide training to parents and families on how to deal with children with special needs. The trainings are guided through individual and group awareness sessions

UOSSM Establishing Mental Health Inpatient Hospitalization Unit for Acute Cases in Al Bab in Northern Syria

UOSSM will establish a mental health inpatient hospitalization unit for acute cases in Al Bab area. The aim of this unit is to enhance access to comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support services for treating acute mental disorders.

The acute mental health unit will be the third one of its kind throughout northern Syria, along with two other acute mental health units in Sarmada, Idlib, and Azaz, Aleppo, with the capability of providing specialized mental health services, psychotropic medications with a comprehensive inpatient regimen according to WHO standards, along with necessary required medical care.

UOSSM Continues to Support Three Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Centers in Idlib

UOSSM will continue to support three mental health and psychosocial support centers in Idlib aiming to ensure the continuity and sustainability of integrated MHPSS services in the Harem area and Deir Hassan Displacement Camps in Idlib, and the Karama Displacement Camps in Al-Dana.

The MHPSS services are provided by doctors trained in the mhGAP program, psychosocial workers (PSW), and community health workers, to provide quality mental health diagnosis, management and treatment. In addition, MHPSS services will provide structured, quality mental health and psychosocial support by well-trained psychosocial workers, which will ensure the continuity of quality healthcare and psychosocial support in the field of mental healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UOSSM Supports Early Childhood Development Services Program in Northern Syria

UOSSM is supporting early childhood development (ECD) services that aim to integrate the ECD program into gender-based violence (GBV) activities ensuring young children have the opportunity to develop and learn through play-based activities.

This program ensures that both caregivers and children have access to health services, nutrition services and other services in the community by connecting them to service providers through a safe referral pathway. These services will be provided through the WGSS Center for Women and Girls, and the Men’s and Youth Center in Atma.

Impact Story- Basel

UOSSM's community health team was making rounds in displacement camps in Idlib, Syria. When they met with the family of Basel they discovered a severely malnourished child that also suffered from iron deficiency. Basel did not begin eating solid foods until he was nine months old because he was suffering previously from colon infections. He was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition according to the measurement on the MUAC bracelet.

The baby was referred to the nutrition clinic in the Quorqania PHC where he is now being treated for malnutrition. The community health workers provided advice to his mother to continue nursing him and offering the baby a wide variety of nutritious foods to improve his health. Basel was provided with nutritious supplements and will continue treatment until he reaches a normal weight. Healthcare should not be a privelege...everyone should have the right to free, quality healthcare. UOSSM wants to ensure this by providing accessible, free quality healthcare, via medical centers and mobile clinics, to those who need it most. We will continue to achieve this thanks to your support!

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 © *2021* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

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is:

UOSSM USA
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December 2020

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December 2020 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

 

 

UOSSM Activities

UOSSM USA Continues Winterization Campaign for Displaced Families in Northwest Syria

Winter is here, and for those living in displacement camps in northwest Syria, this is 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 Turkey Distributes over 1000 Winterization Kits and Food Baskets in Displacement Camps in Northwest Syria

UOSSM Turkey distributed over 1000 food baskets and winter kits to displaced families in displacement camps in northwest Syria. This is part of the winterization campaign initiative UOSSM Turkey began to provide warmth and nutrition to displaced Syrian families in the cold winter months. This project is funded by UOSSM USA.

UOSSM Continues Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Northern Syria by Supporting CCTC Centers

UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting isolation centers in northwest Syria. The goal is to address the gap in the response to COVID-19 in northwest Syria by supporting centers preventing and fighting the coronavirus. The centers will conduct PCR tests on all suspected COVID-19 cases, if the test is positive, patients with mild to moderate symptoms will be sent to quarantine and receive care. In some cases, asymptomatic patients could self-quarantine in their home if they have appropriate space to physically distance from other family members. Those patients receive educational information on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, and the use of personal protective equipment. 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.

In addition, UOSSM Turkey participated in a COVID-19 Prevention Campaign in partnership with the Turkey Health Directorate. This campaign aimed to provide awareness to Syrian refugees on prevention and protection from the coronavirus.

UOSSM Turkey Continues to Provide Mental Health and Physiotherapy Services to Refugees in Turkey in 2021

UOSSM Turkey will continue to provide mental healthcare and psychosocial support services along with physiotherapy care, free of charge, to Syrian refugees in Turkey.

UOSSM USA is supporting the mental health program in Turkey, which has 5 mental health centers throughout Turkey, providing mental health care services, in the Arabic language, to Syrian refugees suffering from mental illness.

UOSSM Supports Rehabilitation Center in Sarmada

UOSSM continues to support the Sarmada Rehabilitation center in northwest Syria. The center includes a nursing department, physiotherapy department, and a pathology laboratory. The Sarmada Rehabilitation Center was established in 2014, and is considered the first rehabilitation center in northern Idlib. The center provides rehabilitation care to patients after surgery or in preparation for a surgical operation, and enhances healthcare services in northwest Syria.

UOSSM Continues to Provide Healthcare Services, Mental Healthcare Services and Support Medical Facilities in 2021

UOSSM will continue to support the health sector in Syria 2021 by:

  • Supporting 6 primary healthcare centers in Idlib
  • Supporting 2 primary healthcare centers in Aleppo
  • Supporting 4 hospitals and 4 specialty healthcare centers in accordance with the Essential Health Services Package developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Supporting The Internal Medicine Specialty Hospital in Idlib; will be affiliated with the Humanitarian Initiative Association (HIA)
  • Providing integrated mental health and psychosocial support services, in partnership with WHO, with 4 different secondary healthcare facilities in the Idlib governorate in areas where mental health and psychosocial support services are not available or easily accesible, and to provide immediate support to the increasing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those affected by COVID-19.
  • Operating 60 emergency vehicles at 23 emergency medical points to provide emergency lifesaving care to patients in need
  • Establishing a new referral network for intensive care units (ICUs) which includes 15 hospitals that have ICUs and the coordination between 95 medical facilities.
  • In addition, operating 6 other vehicles to transport dialysis patients for routine dialysis in 5 specialty dialysis centers.

Impact Story- Fatima

Fatima Altaher was only 9 months old when she first visited the nutrition clinic in the UOSSM Maarat Masreen Primary Healthcare Center. She is from a displaced family living in the displacement camps in Moreen in the northern Idlib countryside. After examination and measurements with the MUAC bracelet, baby Fatima was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Fatima's mother was nursing her baby but after she became pregnant, breastfeeding became more challenging and her mother began supplementing her feedings with artificial milk, causing inconsistent nursing for Fatima. The artificial milk did not have the nutritional benefits required for the baby to grow and she wound up severely malnourished.

Her mother was provided with educational information and support on the importance of breastfeeding. With continued follow up and treatment, the baby girl's health is improving and she is gaining weight and growing again. Thanks to our supporters baby Fatima and countless others like her have a chance at a healthy childhood. Healthcare should not be a privilege...everyone should have the right to free, quality healthcare.

UOSSM wants to ensure this by providing accessible, free quality healthcare, via medical centers and mobile clinics, to those who need it most. We will continue to achieve this thanks to your support!

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 provided Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services 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 © *2021* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address:

UOSSM USA
18140 Zane St. NW, Suite 337
Elk River, MN 55330

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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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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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September 2020

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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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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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July 2020

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First Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Northern Syria

On July 9, the Idlib Health Directorate announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Northern Syria. The Health Directorate provided updates and information on prevention methods to provide protection against the corona-virus.

Please click here to watch how UOSSM is responding.

UOSSM Distributes Over 50,000 N95 Masks to Medical Staff in Northern Syria; Continues with COVID-19 Response

UOSSM distributed over 50,000 N95 masks to more than 29 hospitals and health care centers in response to COVID-19 in northern Syria. UOSSM continues to implement an emergency plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following measures: 

  • Supporting primary health care centers (PHC’s)
  • 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.

First UOSSM Parenting Skills Class Graduates

On July 8, the first class graduated from UOSSM's Parenting Skills Course, which is part of UOSSM’s Protection Program. The course aims to provide families with parenting skills for children, and to teach parents how to cope with children’s issues in an understanding and compassionate way, using positive reinforcement. The course also aims to teach parents about childhood brain development, and how parents can teach children to cope with mental stress. UOSSM’s Protection Program provides services in Dayr Hesan and surrounding displacement camps.

Impact Story- Emad Recovers From Severe Malnutrition

8 month old Emad suffers from malnutrition. He has been living on only synthetic milk since he was born. His family took him to the UOSSM Nutrition Clinic in Maarat Masreen for nutrition care services. He weighed 12.5 pounds and had a circumference of 105 mm on the MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference) Band, categorized as severely malnourished. After his second visit, he gained a little over one pound at 13.67 pounds and his MUAC measurement went to 114. UOSSM will continue to care for the baby until he is completely better and at a healthy weight. The center provides free nutrition services to those who need it.

Because of your caring support Emad and children like him will receive the nutrition services and other medical services that are desperately needed. 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 2018:

  • UOSSM provided almost 2.5 million medical services
  • UOSSM supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM provided over 162,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on 
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • 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

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June 2020

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UOSSM USA Participates in World Refugee Day Awareness

On June 19, UOSSM USA participated in World Refugee Day by shedding light on the continuous suffering refugees face every day. After 10 years, they continue to suffer. There are over 5 million Syrian refugees, many living in dire conditions.

Please click here to watch this video about a little boy named Omar, a Syrian refugee who has suffered so much from the brutal war.

UOSSM Continues COVID-19 Emergency Response in Syria

UOSSM continues its emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the following measures: 

  • Supporting 5 primary health care centers (PHC’s)
  • Establishing and operating 4 community-based isolation centers (CBICs).
  • Sterilization of 3 camps (Al-Furqan camp, Al-Wafa camp and Khatin camp)
  • Distribution of over 3000 hygiene kits containing personal care items
  • Distribution of over 10,000 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 launched an awareness campaign providing training to medical and administrative personnel.

UOSSM Areeha Primary Health Care Center Reopens

The UOSSM Areeha Primary Health Care Center reopened in June to provide primary health care services in northern Syria. Five babies were delivered on the first day of reopening the center.

UOSSM Mental Health and UOSSM Physiotherapy Centers in Turkey Resume Services

All UOSSM Mental Health Care and Physiotherapy Centers in Turkey resumed services in June after temporarily suspending services due to COVID-19. Tele-health services were being provided during that time. The centers welcomed existing and new patients while adhering to all guidelines to protect patients and staff against COVID-19.

Please click here to watch protective measures in UOSSM medical facilities to protect staff and patients from COVID-19.

Impact Story- How UOSSM Helped Om Ahmad

Om Ahmad fled from Kafr Nobl to Quorqonia after someone she loved died.This caused her a lot of trauma. She started to feel tired and sick because her blood pressure was so high, and she wasn’t able to get her medications. Om Ahmad visited UOSSM’s Quorqonia Primary Health Care Center, where she was examined. The doctor who examined her placed Om Ahmad on a six-month treatment plan, where she will visit the center once a month. She received a special card for patients with chronic diseases which provides a visit with the doctor, testing, and all medications, free of charge. Despite her suffering, Om Ahmad is happy because she is able to get her medicines on a monthly basis. She also has a sense of security because she can visit the center anytime she is feeling ill or tired. We are praying for Om Ahmad to remain in good health. 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 2018:

  • UOSSM provided almost 2.5 million medical services
  • UOSSM supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM provided over 162,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on 
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • 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

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May 2020

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UOSSM USA Distributes +3000 Nutrition and Food Baskets in Ramadan

UOSSM USA, in collaboration with UOSSM Canada and Turkey, distributed over 3000 nutrition and food baskets to displaced and families in need in northwest Syria during the month of Ramadan. The nutrition and food baskets included healthy food items that will help them stay healthy and boost their immune system amid COVID-19. The families were happy to receive the baskets, which included nutrition and food items for one month for a family of five.

Please click here to watch the video of the nutrition and food baskets being distributed.

UOSSM Launches COVID-19 Emergency Response in Syria

In response to the severe humanitarian situation and the looming COVID-19 crisis in Northwest Syria (Idlib and Aleppo Governorates),UOSSM continues an emergency response plan with the following measures: 

  • Supporting 5 primary health care centers (PHC’s)
  • Establishing and operating 4 community-based isolation centers (CBICs).
  • Sterilization of 3 camps (Al-Furqan camp, Al-Wafa camp and Khatin camp)
  • Distribution of over 1000 hygiene kits containing personal care items
  • Distribution of over 3000 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 launched an awareness campaign providing training to medical and administrative personnel.

UOSSM Supports Advanced Secondary Health Services in Syria

On May 1, UOSSM began providing advanced secondary health services in Syria. The services include urinary tract diagnostic and rehabilitation services in Sarmada, and renal dialysis services, improving the health of patients in Tal Abyad.

Al Salouk Health Care Center Begins Providing Services in Tal Abyad

The Salouk Health Care Center in Tal Abyad has provided medical services to over 2,700 patients since opening in April, 2020. The center includes an internal clinic, a gynecological clinic, a vaccine department, and an ambulance system.

Impact Story- Cancer Patients Unable to Receive Medications Due to Closure of Turkish Borders from COVID-19

Due to the global COVID-19 crisis, many of the Syrian borders with Turkey were closed. This left Syrian patients, who used to seek advanced treatment of cancer in Turkey, in critical need for medicines to treat their cancer. Many of these patients are children. Out of a moral, humanitarian obligation, UOSSM Turkey began this campaign: #SaveALife to provide the medications needed to treat cancer patients. The first ten children began receiving chemotherapy in one of the hospitals in northern Syria. There is a large number of patients still requiring cancer treatment. You can help provide medications that are desperately needed by donating today.

Because of caring individuals like you, UOSSM USA was able to sponsor some children to receive their cancer treatment. 

 

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 2018:

  • UOSSM provided almost 2.5 million medical services
  • UOSSM supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM provided over 162,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on 
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • 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

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April 2020

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UOSSM USA Launches Campaign to Support COVID-19 Efforts

UOSSM USA launched a fundraising campaign to support COVID-19 response efforts. With the new imminent threat of COVID-19 outbreak in that region, UOSSM has taken proactive measures to help decrease the extent of the Coronavirus outbreak among the populations in the region. UOSSM began distributing hygiene kits along with educational materials about COVID-19 to families in displacement camps and crowded areas, while continuing to provide emergency relief, food baskets, and medical care to those in need.

UOSSM USA is raising funds to continue our response during the COVID-19 crisis to the affected displaced Syrians in the northern region, expand our outreach to the most vulnerable, and protect doctors, medical staff and first responders with the necessary protective gear to safely care for sick patients, so they don’t become victims of this virus.

UOSSM created preventative measures to COVID-19, by providing emergency aid to displacement camps in response to this pandemic crisis. Our response is the following:

Sterilization of 3 camps Distribution of over 1000 hygiene kits containing personal care for women and children The establishment of an isolation center and a distance learning center in Afrin Distribution of educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 for families in areas of displacement.

Please click here to support this campaign.

UOSSM Provides Aid to Displacement Camps in Response to COVID- 19 Pandemic Crisis

In April, UOSSM provided the following emergency aid to displacement camps in response to the Coronavirus pandemic crisis:
Sterilization of 3 camps (Al-Furqan camp, Al-Wafa camp and Khatin camp). Distribution of over 1000 hygiene kits containing personal care items. The establishment of an isolation center and a distance-learning center in Afrin. Distribution of educational awareness brochures about COVID-19 in areas of displacement.

UOSSM Opens Health Care Center in Northeast Syria

UOSSM medical staff began providing various health care services in March, in the Khirbet Aljoz Primary Health Care Center. Services provided include; gynecology, pediatric care, mental health care, pharmacy, community health, internal medicine and nutrition services.

UOSSM Launches Remote Psychological Consultations services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, launched psychological consultations services in northwest Syria to provide psychological support for residents and the internally displaced in the area. Calls are received 6 days a week from Saturday to Thursday for 12 hours, from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM

Impact Story- Hanan

Hanan had already been through so much by the tender age of 2...she felt the pain of war... She knew what it felt like to travel for a whole month just to find a safe shelter to live...She knew the pain of displacement at a very early age, and her tiny body paid the price as she was forced to endure the kind of suffering no child should ever have to experience. UOSSM's psychosocial support team found Hanan in a routine visit to displacement camps and discovered that she was severely malnourished. She was immediately admitted to a UOSSM Primary Health Care Center. After months of care Hanan eventually reached a healthy weight and is now able to function like a normal, health child.

This is one of thousands of untold stories of the children of Syria, these children have paid the ultimate price by the effects of the brutal war. Because of supporters like you, these children are able to receive the medical care and emergency humanitarian aid that is desperately needed. Please don't forget their suffering.

 

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 2018:

  • UOSSM provided almost 2.5 million medical services
  • UOSSM supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM provided over 162,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on 
    women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • 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
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Plano, TX 75074

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