April 2021 Newsletter

UOSSM USA Launches Fundraising Campaign to Support Hospitals in Gaza

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza due to the recent attacks, including attacks on hospitals and medical facilities.

Our goal is to raise $300,000 to provide medical aid to hospitals and medical facilities in Gaza and the West Bank in Palestine. You can help replenish the shortage of medicines and medical equipment resulting from those attacks, and ensure continuation of healthcare provision to those in need of medical care. We can’t do this without your support.

Please click here to support this campaign.

UOSSM Partners with World Health Organization (WHO) to Support Integrated Health Service Network in Harem

UOSSM is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) to support an integrated health service delivery network in Harem. The integrated service delivery network in Idlib was established by the WHO office in Gaziantep, and is in cooperation with 6 Syrian non-profit health partners, utilizing 10 health facilities (4 mobile primary health care (PHC) units, 3 fixed PHC units, 2 PHC centers, and 1 comprehensive PHC center).

The network aims to deliver equitable, accessible, and sustainable health services within a spectrum of health promotion, diagnosis and disease management. These principles and goals are based on the restructuring of the system towards primary health care via implementation of the Essential Healthcare Package (EHSP) at different levels, and a referral system to higher care levels.

Six UOSSM PHCs will be supported in this network with staff, capacity building, rehabilitation, and medical devices.

UOSSM Collaborates with the Idlib Health Directorate, Provides Awareness About Autism

UOSSM, through its Center for Special Education collaborated with the Idlib Health Directorate offering a seminar about autism. The seminar explained autism, its causes, and mistakes made with autistic children. In addition, the basics of therapeutic intervention were presented. The seminar coincided with World Autism Week, which aims to raise awareness about dealing with autistic children and integrating them into society.

UOSSM Launches Research Project to Strengthen the Health System in Syria

UOSSM launched a research project that will explore options to strengthen the health system in Syria, this project will be supported by the King’s College London. The goal is to create a strengthened healthcare system model in areas of conflict that can be applied in other contexts affected by complex, long-term conflicts.

The research will include:  Analyzing the current state of health education, filling gaps, and developing long-term strategy for health education, and discovering ways to integrate the current health workforce into the health system through the following:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate medical education for doctors, nurses, and other health workers, and will include curriculum development, partnership support, supporting nursing and vocational schools.
  • Master’s degrees from United Kingdom universities (at least 6)
  • Medical Policy Fellowships (15 total)
  • Trainings for trainers and teachers
  • A plan to develop research capabilities in the medical field: to be researched with SBOMS Syrian Board of Medical Specialties
  • Clinical and surgical training
  • An equipped training center for the directorate
  • Medical education platform in the Arabic language
  • Research papers, curricula, training bags, educational plans, courses and diplomas

Impact Story- Rafif

As Rafif was playing with her friends and climbing a tree, she fell and hurt her arm. Her parents rushed her to the UOSSM supported Jisr Al Shoghour Hospital. Her injury was severe and she needed surgery to insert a rod. The surgery was a success. Rafif continued follow up at the hospital.
Thanks to your support, we are happy to report that Rafif has made a full recovery and has returned to playing with her friends.
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. Mental health in Syria is something we care deeply about.

In 2020:

– UOSSM provided medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

– UOSSM provided primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– UOSSM provided protection services to over 55,000 people

– UOSSM provided over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused onwomen 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

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