Catastrophe Imminent if Aid Does Not Reach Al-Rukban Camp

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At least 55,000 people are at risk in Al Rukban refugee camp. According to community workers, 15 people have died this month alone, among them two babies. On October 8, in less than 24 hours, two babies died in the camp. 4-month-old Huda Raslan died from malnutrition and lack of medical access. Munaf Al Mahmoud, a one year old baby, died due to the lack of adequate medical care.   In addition, there are 150 cases in urgent need of medical care.. Many of the internally displaced persons are women and children. The camp is in a desert with harsh living conditions. Severe malnutrition is widespread. No medical or humanitarian aid has been allowed in the area since January 2018. Please click here to read the full press release. 

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UOSSM Awarded Innovation Grant to Develop Health Integrated Resilience System in Syria

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Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) was among three finalists invited to attend and present their innovative projects in conflict zones, at the 2018 edition of the Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. The administrator for USAID, Mr. Mark Green, and the Secretary of State for DFID, announced UOSSM as one of the 23 finalists for the Humanitarian Grand Challenge last Tuesday, September 25, 2018. 
 
The finalists were selected from a pool of 615 applicants across 86 countries. The grant will help UOSSM support its innovative project, Health Integrated Resilience System (HIRS), to strengthen the resilience of health systems by integrating solar power, electronic ambulance systems and tele-medicine services, to deliver life-saving aid in the world's most challenging war zones. 
 
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Dr. Monzer Yazji, President of UOSSM USA and President & CEO of South Texas Clinical Partner ACO, was invited to present UOSSM's innovative project (HIRS) at the Concordia Annual Summit. Please click here to read the full press release. 

Six Medical and Civil Facilities Attacked in Past Two Days

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Three hospitals, two Syrian Civil Defense Centers, and an ambulance system were attacked and put out of service in the past two days leaving thousands with no access to medical care. All three hospitals are underground facilities. Please click here to read the full press release. 


217,000 IDPs in Daraa; Fastest Displacement in Syrian History

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As of 9:30 pm Damascus time, at least 217,000 people have been internally displaced from Daraa, with little to no access to food, clean water, shelter and medical care. The number is expected to rise dramatically as more people continue to flee the relentless bombings. Since June 19th, 157 people have been killed and at least 350 wounded, many of whom are women and children. Please click here to read the full press release. 

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Another UOSSM Staff Killed; Syrian Doctors Plead For Help In Daraa

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Yusuf Ayyash, a UOSSM warehouse worker was killed today at 7 p.m. Damascus time by an airstrike, along with his wife and daughter. This is the third UOSSM staff member to be killed in Daraa in less than a week. 

As the besiegement of Daraa escalates, four hospitals and one primary health care center were attacked and put out of service. Nearly 60,000 people have been displaced by the violence since June 19 and have nowhere to turn after Jordan closed its borders and the western suburbs went under siege. Please click here to read the full press release. **WARNING-GRAPHIC IMAGES IN PRESS RELEASE.

UOSSM Volunteer Ambulance Driver Killed in Targeted Attack in Daraa

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A UOSSM volunteer ambulance driver, Abdulhadi Al Hariri, was killed today at 1 p.m. Damascus time in a targeted “double tap” attack as first responders were headed to evacuate wounded victims of an attack in Busr Al Harir, Daraa. Al Hariri was already transporting one wounded victim as the ambulance was targeted by an airstrike, but not directly hit. The driver was already transporting one wounded victim as the ambulance was targeted by an airstrike, but not directly hit. Abdul hadi radioed in that he needed emergency help. First responders desperately searched for him for over four hours only to find him in the ambulance, killed by the second attack.. Al Hariri was volunteering with UOSSM and the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets). Please click here to read the full press release. 


UOSSM Midwife Killed in Daraa

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An UOSSM midwife, Maysoun Harbat, and her daughter were killed on June 21 at 5:00 p.m. Damascus time as a result of heavy shelling in Al-Harak in the Daraa country side. Harbat's other daughter survived but has sustained serious injuries. The attacks coincide with a dramatic escalation of violence in Daraa over the past two days which has resulted in at least five civilian deaths, numerous injuries, and medical staff scrambling to deal with the influx of patients. Please click here to read the full press release. 


Airstrike In Residential Area Kills At Least 44 Including 6 Children

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On June 7 at 9:15 PM Damascus time, airstrikes bombarded the village of Zardana in rural Idlib killing at least 44 people including six children and one doctor, and injured over 80. Early reports indicate a “double tap” strategy was employed killing and injuring first responders. Many of the injured were internally displaced persons from Ghouta, and some of the injured were taken to UOSSM’s Bab Al Hawa Hospital.

Please click here to read the full press release. * Warning- the images on the bottom of the press release are graphic


Kafr Zeta Hospital in Hama Destroyed in Targeted Attack

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The Kafr Zeta Specialty Hospital was completely destroyed today in a targeted airstrike. The hospital, located in the suburbs of Hama, was attacked at 10 a.m. Damascus time by four airstrikes directly hitting the facility. One hospital staff was killed and three hospital staff were wounded. Please click here to read the full press release.
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UOSSM PHC and Two Other Hospitals Attacked by Airstrikes in Homs

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The UOSSM Al-Zaafaraneh PHC was targeted in Homs along with two major hospitals in the past two days. All three were put out of service leaving thousands without access to medical care. 
On Sunday at 10:25 a.m. Damascus time the UOSSM Al-Zaafaraneh PHC was targeted by an airstrike, which struck an area 30 feet away from the hospital. The center was lightly damaged and put out of service. The center provided services to approximately 6000 people a month. Please click here to read the full press release.
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