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September 2021 Newsletter
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Walking on Sunshine

Mariam was only 10 years old when she got sick and lost the ability to walk. She ​wasn’t able to bend her elbows or arms ​and couldn’t even eat on her own, so she was completely dependent on others. Although she had limited knee movement, Mariam would place pieces of iron on her knees to help her move around.

For the next 14 years, doctors told Mariam she wasn’t able to have surgery to repair her condition. But that all changed when Mariam, at the age of 24​,consulted with Dr. Muhammad Al Omar, an orthopedic surgeon. He advised Mariam to undergo surgery followed by extensive physiotherapy. After several months of therapy, Mariam slowly regained movement in her legs and left arm. She was finally able to take her first steps in an upright position, and even go up and down the stairs on her own.

Thanks to YOUR gift, Mariam ​is now ​all smile​s – proud of her progress and excited that she can walk once again!

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Agreement Signed to Implement Telemedicine Program in Northern Syria

Due to the shortage of doctors and medical staff in northwest Syria, the medical sector had to come up with innovative ways to meet the gap.

On September 3, 2021, UOSSM signed an agreement with SEMA and Hand in Hand for aid and development (HIHFAD) to implement a telemedicine program. As part of the Health Integrated Resilience System (HIRS), this program enables patients to receive specialized medical care remotely and includes medical services such as consultations, basic care, and follow up. Specialty doctors offering care through the telemedicine program include psychological, pediatric, and intensive care.

Supported by the Humanitarian Grand Challenge​, this is the first beta program of its kind in northwest Syria.

Ongoing Psychological Support Through UOSSM Helpline in Northwest Syria

In response to the alarming escalation of COVID-19 cases in northwest Syria, UOSSM continues to provide psychological support through its helpline.

Led by a psychiatrist, a team of 4 psychosocial support workers (PSWs) provide teleservices consultations to callers from Turkey and the Euphrates region (to include the districts of Al Bab, Jarablus, and Afrin). This project is made possible thanks to the support of WHO.

 Polio Vaccination Campaigns Continue in Northern Syria

In response to a polio outbreak in northern Syria dating back to 2014, UOSSM has been conducting polio vaccine campaigns each year. However, to maintain the achieved immunity level in children, and raise immunity among adults and internally displaced persons (IDPs) it is critical to relaunch these campaigns against the polio virus (types 1 and 3).

In collaboration with Syria Immunization Group (SIG), and the technical support and supervision of WHO and UNICEF, UOSSM plans to implement the latest polio vaccination campaign in northwest Syria targeting children under the age of five.

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

medical services to almost 1 million people in Syria and Turkey

primary health care services to over 582,000 people

protection services to over 55,000 people

over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on women and children

care to over 34,000 people through our mental health and psychosocial support program

health care services to over 1 million patients  at Bab Al Hawa Hospital 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.

August 2021 Newsletter
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Your Gift at Work: Mustafa Takes His First Steps- On the Road to Recovery

Mustafa was in a horrific car accident. He almost succumbed to his injuries, but fell into a coma. For three months, Mustafa’s family never left his side, fearful that he would never wake up. When he finally came out of his coma, Mustafa was left with serious medical problems. He was bedridden, unable to stand or walk on his own. Devastated, his parents searched for help for their son until they found the physiotherapy center at UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center. There they found a caring physical therapist who worked with Mustafa until he finally took his first steps…on his own!
Thanks to your support, Mustafa and others like him can find the hope they are looking for to live a healthy life – full of possibilities!
Together, we are truly saving lives and building hope.

Watch the video here to witness Mustafa’s inspiring road to recovery.

UOSSM USA Partners with Hathi Hayati to Support New Village in NW Syria

UOSSM USA is partnering with Hathi Hayati to support the process of establishment of a new village, Al Hayat Village, in northwest Syria.

Al Hayath Village will become the new home for 200 Syrian displaced families ( originating from Ghouta, Homs, Daraa, Idlib, Aleppo, and other areas). The community will also include widows with children, special needs cases, and amputees. In addition, skills-based professionals (such as educators, docctors, nurses, and others) will mover there to ensure that the community thrives! The village will also have a mosque, school for all grade levels, medical point, solar powered electricity, and a clean water tank. 

The first phase is complete with 200 new homes (for up to 1000 people) built, as well as the school’s first floor for elementary students, and the medical point which is fully operational. Plans are underway to expand the medical point and the school’s second and third floors for the middle and high schools, respectively. In addition, the electricity (via solar power) and water supplies will be established and delivered to all homes in the near future.

You can click here to learn more about this initiative.

Providing Access to Mental Health Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM is now operating two mental health mobile clinics, supported by WHO, in northwest Syria. The mobile clinics provide internally displaced families in displacement camps (i.e. Afreen) with access to mental health care and psychosocial support services, as well as referrals of severe cases to the UOSSM Mental Health Hospital in Sarmada.

UOSSM Hosts an Event to Launch its Health Strengthening Research Project

On August 24th, UOSSM hosted an event in Gaziantep, Turkey to launch the R4HSSS Project: “Health System Strengthening in North West Syria”. The event was attended by partners, donors, humanitarian organizations, and representatives of the Idlib Health Directorate and the Turkish health Institutions.

Working in partnership with King’s College London, the 4-year RH4SSS project is one of the main research projects in Idlib. Its activities will be targeted toward humanitarian work and development in northern Syria that aim to close gaps in access, establish best practices, and find long-term solutions for problems that plague the local health system. The project work streams focus on health governance, health information system, provision of health services, and medical education and professional training.

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

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

– primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– protection services to over 55,000 people

– over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on women and children

– care to over 34,000 people through our mental health and psychosocial support program

– health care services to over 1 million patients  at Bab Al Hawa Hospital 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.

July 2021 Newsletter
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Your Gift’s Impact- Fatima’s Road to Recovery

When she was just 10 years old, Fatima was in a horrible accident when her hair got caught in the belt of an electric generator, ripping off her entire scalp from her skull. This caused the young girl excruciating pain and unbelievable distress. Fatima was taken to UOSSM supported Aqrabat Hospital where doctors were able to treat her emergently, thanks to the support of donors like you. The road to recovery has been long and painstaking for both Fatima and her doctors. Soon, Fatima will be entering the third phase of her treatment, which will use new techniques to cover her skull and tissue with special grafts. Fatima’s doctors are optimistic that she will achieve excellent results.

You can click here to watch a video about Fatima’s injury and recovery process.

Thanks to your support, Fatima and children like her will now have the chance of a normal life, with dignity.

Only by working together, can we save lives and build hope.

UOSSM USA Provides 3 Infant Incubators to Hospital in Yemen

Thanks to our generous supporters, UOSSM USA provided three infant incubators to the Safe Motherhood Specialized Hospital (SMSH) of the Yemen Family Care Association (YFCA) in Sanaa City in Yemen. The incubators were delivered in May.

There is currently a high death rate among premature babies in Yemen. These incubators will help mitigate this alarming trend and give premature babies a fighting chance of survival.

Together, we are saving lives and building hope for the families of premature babies in the Sanaa City community in Yemen.

UOSSM USA Distributes Adhiya Meat to Needy Families in Syria and Jordan

UOSSM, through the UOSSM USA office in Jordan, distributed Adhiya meat to displaced families in southern Syria (Rukban Camp) and to needy refugee families in Jordan. By providing essential food elements, we are helping to alleviate the suffering of  needy and displaced families, improve their health, and strengthen their immunity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

UOSSM Operates Mental Health Center with Acute Inpatient Unit in Azaz

There is an increased need for specialized mental health services throughout northern Syria. In response, UOSSM has partnered with WHO to operate a mental health center with an acute inpatient unit in Azaz that provides access to hospital services for patients with acute and chronic mental health disorders. UOSSM has established a holistic approach to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) by combining MHPSS centers and community-based services that include three different components covering different intervention levels which are: inpatient units, outpatient units and mobile teams.

UOSSM aims to sustain the MHPSS project over the next three months with hopes of receiving a 12-month extension with another partner.

UOSSM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Aleppo Medical University

On July 4, 2021 UOSSM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aleppo Medical University to establish coordinated efforts to train medical students in the Mental Health Unit in Al Bab. This step is part of the qualifying and training plan to build the capacity of medical workers in northern Syria, who will then provide quality healthcare throughout the community.

 

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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 as well as with Syrian refugees in Turkey.

In 2020 UOSSM provided:

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

– primary health care services to over 582,000 people

– protection services to over 55,000 people

– over 281,000 beneficiaries with nutrition services focused on women and children

– care to over 34,000 people through our mental health and psychosocial support program

– health care services to over 1 million patients  at Bab Al Hawa Hospital 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.

Mal Al Sham receives nutrition services for malnutrition at UOSSM center.
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UOSSM USA Continues Fundraising Campaign to Support Hospitals in Gaza

The recent airstrikes in Gaza have wreaked significant damage upon local hospitals and clinics. These facilities – already struggling under the surge of COVID-19 cases – must now deal with the fallout of these attacks that resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties– including 105 Palestinian women and children, and 2 physicians.

Many ambulances were ruined in the crossfire, preventing the critical transportation of patients in their time of greatest need. Basic medicine and supplies were also destroyed, leaving many victims without lifesaving treatment.

Our ultimate 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 Launches Project to Strengthen Referral System and Referral Data Management Unit in Northern Syria

UOSSM launched a new project aiming to strengthen the Referral System and Referral Data Management Unit (RDMU), especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.The primary objective of the project is to maintain the functionality of the referral system by providing fuel to 60 ambulances within the central referral system in northern Syria. The project will help strengthen the Referral Data Management Unit (RDMU), which is one of the main units in the Health Information System (HIS), to ensure the sustainability and quality of health services.

In addition, the project will operate four vehicles to transport patients in need of non-emergency medical consultations or patients who have been referred between healthcare facilities across different healthcare levels for further medical examinations or treatment.

UOSSM Delegates Visit Gaziantep Governor in Turkey

Representatives of the UOSSM office in Turkey visited the governor of Gaziantep, Mr. Rızvan EROĞLU, and presented a glimpse of services provided by UOSSM inside Syria and in areas under Turkish administration.

In addition, they discussed the potential risks of not renewing the decision to enter aid across the border, and the need to coordinate with all parties to facilitate work.

UOSSM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Idlib Health Directorate

UOSSM signed a general memorandum of understanding with the Idlib Health Directorate to coordinate with UOSSM supported healthcare facilities, and to define roles and responsibilities which will help ensure the best quality provision of healthcare to families in northwest Syria.

UOSSM Supports Advanced Secondary Healthcare Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM will support advanced secondary health services in northwestern and eastern Syria by providing urinary tract diagnostic and rehabilitation services in Sarmada, and improve the health of patients in Tal Abyad by providing renal dialysis services. The renal dialysis services include diagnostic services for urinary disorders such as Urodynamic Test, ultrasound, cystoscopy, and therapeutic services such as small and large urinary surgeries

Impact Story- Mal Al Sham

When Mal Al-Sham was only four months old, she was suffering from severe malnutrition, she was weak and did not have the energy a young baby at that age usually has. She was hospitalized and provided with treatment and advice on how to improve her health status.
Three months later, Mal Al-Sham’s mother was still concerned with her baby’s health and took her to the UOSSM Areeha Primary Health Care Center. After tests, screenings, and evaluation it was found that she was still suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.
Her doctor put her on a treatment plan with the nutrition clinic, and she was provided with nutritional supplements, along with educational materials about the importance of breastfeeding, and introducing nutritious food to babies. Her caregivers also worked with the mother to strengthen her milk supply so she could return to nursing her baby.
Periodic appointments were scheduled, and after a month of follow-up and treatment, we are happy to report that the baby girl improved and has made a full recovery. Mal al-Sham still visits the Areeha Center to ensure she remains healthy and does not become malnourished again. Thanks to supporters like you Mal Al-Sham and countless other children, have the chance at living a healthy childhood.
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 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


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.

May 2021 Newsletter
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UOSSM USA Continues 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 ultimate 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 Continues to Operate Two Mental Health Mobile Clinics in Northern Syria

UOSSM will continue to operate two Mental Health Mobile Clinics (MHMC) in the Afrin district for three months. The main goal of the clinics is to provide mental health and psychosocial support services, and refer more serious and severe cases to the UOSSM Mental Health Unit in Sarmada, which receives further specialized support by the WHO.

The MHMCs will provide accessible mental health care services in areas of displacement, to those who otherwise were unable to reach those services.

 

 

UOSSM Continues to Provide Primary Health Care Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM will continue to provide essential primary health care services by supporting two Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs) in northwest Syria. The PHCs aim to cover the health care needs of vulnerable populations in the Armanaz subdistrict. The PHCs are operated by UOSSM and supported by WHO.

 

 

UOSSM Continues to Support Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI)

UOSSM, with the support of WHO, will continue to support sustaining the services of the EPI program in northern Syria through the Syria Immunization Group (SIG). The SIG works in close cooperation with WHO, UNICEF, and other NGOs.

The routine immunizations target children under the age of two with the following antigens: BCG, Hep B 0, OPV, IPV, Penta, and MMR, and school-age children and females of childbearing age (15-49), especially pregnant women, with the TD vaccine.

 

 

UOSSM Supports Advanced Secondary Health Care Services in Northwest Syria

UOSSM will support advanced secondary health services in northwestern and eastern Syria by providing urinary tract diagnostic and rehabilitation services in Sarmada, and improve the health of patients in Tal Abyad by providing renal dialysis services. The renal dialysis services include diagnostic services for urinary disorders such as Urodynamic Test, ultrasound, cystoscopy, and therapeutic services such as small and large urinary surgeries
 

 

Impact Story- Mustafa

15-year-old Mustafa was involved in a horrible car accident, which led to cerebral hemorrhage, causing paralysis in all four limbs. Mustafa was referred to UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center, where the examination showed that he had paralysis of the lower extremities along with severe spasms. In addition, he had paralysis of the left upper limb, which was due to incorrect positioning on the hospital bed and lack of physical therapy in the bed while hospitalized with his injuries.
 
Our team put together a treatment plan to help Mustafa. Mustafa began physical therapy rehabilitation which included stretches and other exercises. Mustafa was not able to sit on his own, but after a few physical therapy sessions he was able to get up from a lying position to sitting on the edge of the table on his own!
 
His treatment has not been easy due to muscle spasms and tightness, but after his hard work and the support of the medical team, Mustafa was able to extend his knees on his own. He will now begin the second stage of his treatment, which includes standing and balancing, to prepare him to walk on his own.
 
Thanks to our supporters, Mustafa has a chance to walk again!
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.
 
Donate
 

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

 

 

 

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.

UOSSM provides Rafif with medical care after fall.
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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.
Donate

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

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.

March 2021 Newsletter
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UOSSM USA Launches Fundraising Campaign to Provide Food to Needy Syrian Families in Ramadan

Imagine if after a long day of fasting, you do not know if you will have food to break your fast on. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in northwest Syria experience this every single day. Please help us fight hunger, improve the health and well-being, and ease the suffering of those families. Innocent lives are depending on us. Please click here to support this initiative.

Triplets Delivered in UOSSM Supported Abeen Samaan Hospital

Triplets were delivered in UOSSM supported Abeen Samaan Hospital in the month of March. The mother, eight months pregnant, came to the hospital complaining of constant contractions. The babies, Abd Al Ilah, Zakaria, and Zaynab, two boys and one girl, were delivered. They have since been discharged and are now home and in good health.

UOSSM Implements Polio Campaign in Idlib Governorate

In response to the polio outbreak in northwest Syria, UOSSM, in collaboration with the Syria Immunization Group (SIG), and WHO and UNICEF, for technical support and supervision, will implement a polio campaign to achieve immunity among the resident and displaced children in the community against the Polio virus, types 1 and 3. The targeted age group of the campaign is children under the age of five, in all accessible areas in Idlib and surrounding areas in northwest Syria

UOSSM Signs Agreement with Gaziantep Health Directorate to Operate Mental Health Center In Al Bab, Syria

On March 29, UOSSM signed an agreement with the Gaziantep Health Directorate to begin operating a mental health center that includes a hospitalization unit in Al Bab in northwest Syria. The goal is to promote access to a complete package of mental health and psychosocial support services to treat acute mental disorders through the following:

  • Hospitalization unit for acute mental disorders.
  • Outpatient clinic that provides treatment intervention by MHGap psychiatrists for mild to moderate cases.
  • Individual interventions in accordance with individual mental health programs by the mental health team.
  • Mobile team targeting the community of Al Bab and surrounding areas.

UOSSM Turkey Distributes Over 5000 Winter Kits

Thanks to our supporters, UOSSM Turkey distributed winterization kits to over 5000 families in displacement camps in northwest Syria. The winterization kits included food baskets, tents, blankets and hygiene kits, with the goal of alleviating their suffering, fighting malnutrition and strengthening their immunity, and providing them with sanitary essentials, especially against COVID19. Thank you to all who supported this initiative. Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Impact Story- Omar

Five-year-old Omar lives in a home filled with mold which led him to develop asthma. Omar visited UOSSM’s Primary Health Care Center in Ariha with his mother for treatment and medication. Omar’s sister is also suffering from the disease. His mother says she had to take her daughter into intensive care more than once due to asthma attacks. Thousands of displaced people in northwest Syria live in poor living conditions that have negatively impacted their physical and psychological health. UOSSM continues to work to alleviate their suffering and pain.
Asthma continues to be one of the most common diseases among children that causes airways to narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus, making breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For some asthma is a minor nuisance but can be life-threatening for others. Thanks to you children like Omar are able to breathe and feel better.
Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Donate

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 the Syrian crisis 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 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.

February 2021 Newsletter
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February 2021 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

UOSSM Activities

UOSSM Continues to Support Sarmada Mental Health Center Services

UOSSM continues to support the Sarmada Mental Health Center which includes the following services:

  • Acute Inpatient Care: This includes specialized psychiatric interventions, including full assessment, diagnosis, and prescription of the appropriate psychotropic medications.
  • Outpatient Unit: This includes focused, non-specialized interventions, based on MHGAP programs, in addition to referral of acute and serious cases, to the acute inpatient unit.
  • Mental Health Mobile Clinics: Provision of mental health care services via mobile clinics.
  • MHPSS Helpline Service: The help line project targets all Syrians in Northern Syria/Idlib governate who need a psychosocial support (PSS) consultation, especially those who do not have access to such services. Patients will have safe and secure access to mental health consultations with guaranteed confidentiality and privacy. The helpline will be available daily for 12 hours a day.

UOSSM Turkey Continues to Provide Mental Health Care and Physical Rehabilitation to Syrian Refugees

UOSSM Turkey continues to provide mental health care and psychosocial support services and physical rehabilitation to Syrian refugees, free of charge, in their native Arabic language. UOSSM Turkey has centers distributed throughout Turkey in Gaziantep, Reyhanli, Istanbul, Ankara, and Kilis.

UOSSM Provides Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Workers

UOSSM provided healthcare workers in healthcare facilities in northwest Syria with personal protective equipment (PPE). The PPE includes masks, goggles, gloves, hand sanitizer, plastic gowns, etc. In addition, UOSSM will support health facilities with IPC and waste management materials. This will help strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.

UOSSM continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by taking 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.

These measures will help reduce the spread of the coronavirus among healthcare workers and patients, especially the most vulnerable. Controlling the spread of COVID-19 will help save lives and enhance people’s health in northwest Syria.

UOSSM Supports Manual Vacuum Assisted Closure Negative Pressure Wound Therapy by Distributing Special Wound Dressing

UOSSM is supporting the manual vacuum assisted closure (VAC) negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), which is widely used in the treatment of wounds, by distributing special wound dressing. This treatment promotes shortened healing time, preventing infectious complications, including conflict-related wounds, with favorable patient outcomes.

Impact Story- Nour

Nour’s family is from Latakia. They are displaced and living in a displacement camp. After noticing that Nour had no appetite, her mother took her to the pediatric clinic in UOSSM’s Kharbat Al Joz Primary Health Care Center. After examination, the 24 month old was referred to the nutrition clinic. She was diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition.

Nour was entered into the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) program. The team members stressed to the family the importance of continuing with this program, following up with the nutrition technician, and following the nutritional advice to help Nour reach a healthy weight. We are happy to report that after only 1 1/2 months, Nour recovered from moderate acute malnutrition.

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 the Syrian crisis is something we care deeply about.

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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January 2021 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA

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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. Mental Health in the Syrian crisis is something we care deeply about.

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.

Our mailing address

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

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