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Syrian Doctors Risking Their Lives to Support Ukrainian Doctors and Patients
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UOSSM has been responding to the crisis in Ukraine by providing expertise gained from over 10 years of war in Syria through medical missions and training. On April 2 -12, UOSSM, in partnership with British renowned war doctor, Dr. David Nott of the David Nott Foundation, led a surgical medical mission, providing training workshops to doctors, and critical surgeries to patients affected by the war in Ukraine. Dr. David Nott, Dr. Monzer Yazji, Dr. Ahmad Dbais and Dr. Mohammed Zaidiye all contributed and coordinated in the surgical medical mission.

Throughout the 10 days, the medical mission team visited seven major hospitals throughout several geographical locations in eastern, central, and western Ukraine, where complex reconstructive and plastic surgeries were performed on victims of attacks. 40 doctors observed and received trainings during the surgeries. In addition, three workshops were provided to over 37 doctors with different surgical specialties.  The workshops taught doctors about damage and impact on the human body from different types of weapons during war, different types of trauma resulting from these weapons, and response handling these injuries including damage control, emergency surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

A new surgical medical mission is being planned in June to provide support to the doctors and people of Ukraine.

Dr. David Nott wrote on his foundation page about his visit in Ukraine, “Now having seen the devastation, it feels like the exact same tactics as in Syria. When I was in Aleppo in 2016, the whole region was completely and utterly destroyed. What we’re seeing in cities like Mariupol – the destruction – feels very similar to what I witnessed in Aleppo.”

UOSSM Ukraine was established in Ukraine with an office in Lutsk and two medical clinics, one in Lviv and one in Lutsk, providing urgent medical care to displaced Ukrainians and vital trainings to doctors and medical staff.

Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM USA said, “As Dr. Nott and I were visiting hospitals in Ukraine, we witnessed very similar severe injuries to the ones we witnessed in Syria. It was harrowing to see this type of history repeat itself and victims with the same types of horrible injuries. Our duty is to help the innocent civilians by providing them with urgent medical care, and support doctors by providing medical training on handling war-related injuries that they desperately need. The duty of the international community is to ensure that these types of attacks are never repeated again, anywhere in the world.”

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After 10 Years of War, Syrian Doctors Travel to Ukraine to Help
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Edinburg, TX – A UOSSM international relief team, composed of Syrian/American doctors, arrived in Ukraine earlier last week to begin relief efforts. UOSSM doctors are uniquely positioned to support aid efforts in Ukraine having operated under similar conflict conditions in Syria for the past 10 years including war wounds/injuries, displacement, chemical attacks and a major humanitarian crisis.

UOSSM already opened a field office, is operating a humanitarian relief station in Lviv for food and necessities, and a medical point in Lutsk. In addition, UOSSM is working to set up a field medical facility in Kiev. Dr. Monzer Yazji, a Syrian American doctor, cofounder of UOSSM/UOSSM USA, and leader of the mission, has been triaging some wounded patients, stabilizing them, and providing medicines in the Lutsk medical point.

The UN documented several targeted airstrike attacks on medical facilities in Syria by Russian forces, that killed countless medical workers including several UOSSM staff members. Now, the same horrors and war crimes witnessed in Syria are being documented in Ukraine, such as the bombing of the Mariupol hospital.

Dr. Yazji said, “UOSSM was a leading voice in documenting and exposing these war crimes to the world. The relentless airstrikes on cities, the opening of humanitarian corridors, and the subsequent attack of them was reminiscent of what we witnessed in Syria as well. We implore the international community to make this time different.”

Displaced Ukrainian civilians, many are children.

Dr. Yazji added, “The latest headlines are that the Syrian Regime is sending fighters to support Russia’s invasion. We want Ukrainians and the world to know that Syrians have also experienced the same barbarism, and Syrians doctors today are there to utilize everything they have learned to support their medical and relief efforts in the field.”

UOSSM was founded in response to the Syrian crisis. Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency care and relief, medical care and relief, mental healthcare, psychosocial support services, protection and nutrition services to millions of displaced and needy families affected by the crisis.

Dr. Monzer Yazji is on the ground in Ukraine and available for interview- in person/virtual.

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UOSSM Leads Medical Mission from US to Ukraine
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Edinburg, TX – Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM and UOSSM USA, is leading a medical mission in Ukraine to provide medical relief to those affected by the war. UOSSM has gained invaluable expertise due to its role in the Syrian crisis since 2012 and will leverage this to provide the people of Ukraine with medical relief, support, and training in
response methods.
The medical mission team visited with officials, leaders, and agencies on the ground to assess the situation for gaps/shortages in medicines, medical supplies, training needs (such as treating war wounds) and other humanitarian shortages. According to the Ukraine Ministry of Health, there is a major need for medications and medical supplies.
Dr. Anas Al Kassem, vice-chair of UOSSM Canada, a sister organization – working with staff at a local hospital, already gathered a whole shipment of medications, medical supplies, and equipment to be sent directly to Ukraine.
Hospital team preparing shipment of medical supplies from UOSSM Canada to Ukraine.
Since February 24, 2022, over 2 million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries in search of refuge from the indiscriminate bombings and attacks on civilian areas, hospitals and medical facilities, and while 1 million people have been internally displaced, at least 406 civilians have been killed.  That number is likely to rise due to continuous attacks.
The UN estimates that 12 million people will need relief and protection, while over 4 million Ukrainian refugees may need protection and assistance in neighboring countries in the coming months.
Displaced Ukrainian civilians.
UOSSM condemns, in the strongest terms, indiscriminate attacks on civilians, civilian structures, and medical facilities, and calls on the international community to put a stop to these attacks.
UOSSM was founded in response to the Syrian crisis. Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency care and relief, medical care and relief, mental healthcare and psychosocial support services, and protection and nutrition services to millions of displaced and needy families affected by the crisis.
Dr. Yazji said, “I have been watching the crisis of Ukraine from day one. History is repeating itself as I am seeing similar attacks and suffering that our people went through. I couldn’t sit back and watch the suffering of the Ukrainian people when we have learned so much from our work in Syria. I felt the duty to share our experience and help alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainian people. This is why we are starting our medical mission in Ukraine. This is our vision, mission and promise, to help everyone suffering in the world.”
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Top 3 pictures: Dr. Yazji and team assessing situation on the ground in Ukraine.
Bottom picture: Displaced Ukrainian civilians.
UOSSM Launches First Electric Vehicle Powered by Solar Energy Systems in Northern Syria
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Edinburg, TX – UOSSM launched the first electric vehicle in northern Syria. The vehicle will be used primarily for health services including vaccine transport between cold rooms and primary healthcare facilities, and to transport patients as part of the referral system.

 

Over a decade of ongoing conflict has left over 4 million people in northern Syria without access to critical health services. Aerial bombardment has destroyed healthcare and energy infrastructure, leaving civilians and healthcare workers to rely on diesel fuel, creating a cycle of dependency, fragility, and further contributes to conflict.

 

To address this challenge, a humanitarian innovation by Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) has successfully launched under the new Health System Resilience program in northern Syria. The electric vehicle otherwise known as, ‘ electrification of mobility,’ will be used primarily for health services including vaccine transport between cold rooms and primary healthcare facilities, and to transport patients as part of the referral system. The 100% solar-powered vehicle reduces dependency on fuel, while ensuring critical health services can run 24/7 in one of the most fragile settings. The expected metrics and outcomes of the pilot project will show its importance in improving and saving lives as it will be used for medical purposes and non-reliant on fuel- providing medical access in situations such as shortage of fuel in the area.

 

The 100% electric vehicle (EV) uses a lithium battery charged at health facilities powered by solar energy. The electric vehicle is expected to result in significant savings in the long term by reducing reliance on fuel, and strengthening and localizing the health system. In remote and conflict affected areas, health systems including hospitals and ambulances rely on diesel fuel for generating electricity and running mobile ambulatory services. However, in conflict zones, fuel is often a scarce resource and health centers, and hospitals are often under-resourced. UOSSM’s electric vehicle bypasses such challenges, delivering
life-saving medicines and healthcare using only solar energy.

 

The innovative project will help fill a critical gap where over 10 years of conflict in Syria has devastated health systems and energy infrastructure. The deployment of the electric vehicle is part of a broader project called the Health Integrated Resilience System (HIRS), and an extension of the “Syria Solar Initiative (SSI)” pioneered by UOSSM’s technical team focused on health system resilience, and is funded by Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge (HGC). UOSSM’s HIRS project aims to combine electric mobility, solar power, and telemedicine to increase cross-dimensional resilience for the health system and to deliver critical services in the most challenging conflict zones, and works towards building strong, independent and resilient health systems – humanizing technological advancements for the people who need it most.

 

New electric vehicle launched by UOSSM.
Ali Mohamad, UOSSM Environmental Engineer and Program Coordinator said, “At the Syria Solar Initiative (SSI), our ambition is to help mainstream such integrated approaches for resilience in similar contexts around the world. Our team is composed of highly qualified engineers and doctors, working together to advance this project. Our goal is to issue a report in the summer of 2022 which captures the results of this pilot project, and the HIRS approach more broadly with hopes that humanitarian practitioners and innovators can further build on this experience.”

 

Currently, UOSSM technical teams are evaluating the pilot project from different aspects (technical, economic, and logistical feasibility), with expected results that may transform future operations of health services in areas of crisis and war throughout the world – especially in light of the urgency to meet climate goals for deep decarbonization.

 

Where over 10 years of conflict in Syria has devastated health systems and energy infrastructure, UOSSM ‘s Health Integrated Resilience System works towards strong, independent, and resilient health systems, humanizing technological advancements for the people who need it most.

 

UOSSM aims to advance the adoption of renewable energy for critical health services, EVs as the primary mode of mobility, telemedicine which addresses the deep gap for health workers in the country. More technologies will be used in the future under the Health System Resilience Program not only for Syria, but for other similar humanitarian contexts.
Electric vehicle charged by solar power launched by UOSSM in northern Syria.

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COVID Positivity Rate at 55% in Northwest Syria; Situation Dire
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Edinburg, TX – Northwest Syria is in a critical situation with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Since August 15, cases have risen at an alarming rate. The current positivity rate is lingering at around 55%. Hospital beds and ICUs are threatening to reach full capacity. Currently, there are only 173 ICU beds available throughout northwest Syria. This is further exacerbated by the shortage of PPE, medical supplies and equipment, including oxygen. The gap in oxygen supplies is at about 40%. The situation is dire and will prove catastrophic if not contained.

 

This comes at a time when there is a growing need for humanitarian assistance in northwest Syria. Between 2020 and 2021 the number of people in need has increased from 2.8 to 3.4 million people. Under current conditions, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Northwest Syria will be devastating.

 

Dr. Khaula Sawah, president of UOSSM USA said, “The situation is dire and deeply concerning and the results could be catastrophic with a high positivity rate, low vaccination rate and limited available ICU beds to treat the sick. In other countries, people have fought COVID-19 by staying home, social distancing, sanitizing their hands and wearing masks. When we ask the people of northwest Syria to stay home they have no home… we ask people to wear masks when there are no masks… We ask displaced and needy families to wash their hands where there is no water, and we ask people to social distance when they are living in crowded displacement camps. We call on the international community to take action by providing humanitarian and medical aid, increasing hospital capacity, and ensuring that people in northwest Syria get vaccinated to prevent a humanitarian disaster. Millions of lives are at stake.“

 

UOSSM is responding with the following:

 

  • COVID-19 Community Treatment Centers (CCTC)- 12 CCTCs include isolation area and severe case management.
  • Triage and Screening Mechanism Units- in front of 12 PHCs and includes triage tent and an examination tent.
  • Oxygen – including new oxygen station and 105 oxygen concentrators
  • Providing PPE- including distribution of 50,000 KN95 masks and PPE to 20 health facilities.
  • Distributing Medicines and Supplies
  • Coordination and Capacity Building- for medical workers
  • Awareness Raising Campaigns- throughout communities, via flyers, media, and social media.
  • Psychosocial Support- through helpline in southern Turkey, and 3 helplines in northwest Syria, plus 2 mental health mobile clinics

Daraa is under attack.
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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2021

 

BREAKING: Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding in Daraa, Syria

 

Edinburg, TX – A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Daraa, Syria, as around 55,000 civilians – 10,000 families, are under siege with little to no access to food, medical care, medicine, or basic human needs. The city of Daraa has been under siege since June 24, 2021. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly. Many families are risking their lives fleeing to nearby areas in search of a safe haven for their families, while thousands of families remain in a dangerous situation, besieged and under attacks.

 

UOSSM is responding to the catastrophic situation in Daraa by providing immediate medical relief and food essentials to besieged and displaced families in need. Working with local organizations, UOSSM is able to provide emergency aid in the besieged and hard-to-reach areas in Daraa, and provide basic essentials needed to survive.

 

Since 2012, UOSSM has been on the ground providing medical aid and emergency relief to besieged and hard-to-reach areas inside Syria. UOSSM calls on all parties to provide safe passage and immediate access for humanitarian and medical aid. The lives of the elderly, young children and vulnerable populations are particularly at stake.

 

Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA said, “We are very concerned with the current humanitarian situation in Daraa. We urge the international community to take immediate action to lift the siege on the people of Daraa, cease all violence against innocent civilians, and provide safe and secure humanitarian access by the UN and other humanitarian actors. The international community must act now! Thousands of lives are at risk if no immediate action is taken.” 

 


For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Najah Allouch:
UOSSM USA- Director of Public Relations
Email: press@uossm.us

 

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 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
Multiple Airstrikes Target Marketplace in Idlib Syria
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Dallas, Texas- Multiple airstrikes targeted a busy marketplace today in Maarat Al Nouman, Idlib, from 8:36-9:00 a.m. Damascus time, killing at least 37 people, many of the victims were women and children. Among those killed was a Syrian Civil Defense volunteer (White Helmets) as he was working to save victims of the first attack (known as a ‘double tap’ attack). Those numbers are expected to rise as bodies are still being pulled from under the rubble. At least 73 have been killed and over 110 were wounded in the past two days in North West Syria as the bombardment continues. Among those killed, two were Syrian Civil Defense Workers (White Helmets), and one was a hospital guard.
The bombardment continues to wreak havoc on the 3.5 million civilians of Idlib. Since April 28, at least 637 have been killed, and over 1497 have been wounded, among them 22 humanitarian workers were killed and 29 wounded. At least 34 medical facilities were targeted, and at least 50 schools have been bombed. It is estimated that the number of displaced has reached half a million people. Large numbers of the displaced are women and children, with nowhere to go. The situation is dire and continues to worsen by the day. In addition, eight water supply facilities have been damaged in northwest Syria, affecting 25,000 people according to UNICEF.
UOSSM condemns attacks on civilian areas and calls on the international community to put a stop on these attacks.
Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “The images and videos coming in from Maarat Al Nouman in the past two days have shook me to my core. It is so painful to see young children, killed and wounded and suffering immensely. When is the international community going to stop this? In the past three months, at least 637 people have been killed. They were human beings just like us, they feel pain, they have children, families and loved ones just like us. But for some reason the world continues to turn a blind eye to the atrocities, and war crimes against human beings just like us. They are all victims of brutal, offensive strikes. I appeal to everyone’s heart and conscience to take a stand. The situation is dire. “
*Numbers are expected to rise as bodies are being pulled from underneath the rubble.
Multiple Airstrikes Target Marketplace in Idlib Syria
Multiple Airstrikes Target Marketplace in Idlib Syria

Press Release: First Doctor Dies From COVID-19 in Northern Syria
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The first doctor has died from COVID-19 in Northern Syria. Please scroll to read the full press release:

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2020
BREAKING: First Doctor Dies From COVID-19 in Northern Syria
Dallas, TX – Yesterday, the area of northern Syria lost its first doctor to COVID-19. Dr. Adnan Jasem was working in Al Bab Hospital where he contracted the virus. Dr. Jasem, 58, was on a ventilator, as he lost his battle with the coronavirus.
Dr. Jasem saved countless lives, risking his life in service of others, survived a bombing in his home and was forcibly displaced several times.
The coronavirus made its way late into northwest Syria. As of September 10, there are a total of 170 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, eight of which are healthcare workers. UOSSM has been working tirelessly on the ground to stop the spread of the coronavirus with the following measures:
  • Establishing and operating community-based isolation centers (CBICs)
  • Supporting primary health care centers (PHC’s)
  • 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.
  • Training medical staff on handling suspected COVID-19 cases

Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Dr. Jasem, he risked his life ever day trying to save others. He survived bombings and displacement but unfortunately was unable to survive the deadly coronavirus. We would like to extend our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to Dr. Jasem’s family. What a loss to the region.”

For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Najah Allouch:
UOSSM USA- Director of Public Relations
Email: press@uossm.us
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
  • Supported 14 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • Provided nutrition services to over 162,000 people focused on women and children
  • Provided Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019
Media Contact:
Name: Najah Allouch
Title: Director of Public Relations
Email Address: press@uossm.us
BREAKING: First Case of COVID-19 Reported in North Western Syria, Imminent Threat To Displaced Persons
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On July 7, a 39 year old doctor working in north western Syria was tested for COVID-19 and was confirmed positive today. This is the first reported case of COVID-19 in north western Syria. The doctor entered Syria two weeks ago and visited his wife in Al Bab city (Aleppo Governate) between June 30 and July 1. The doctor immediately isolated himself upon symptoms, and contract-tracing procedures have been put in place for his interactions.

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2020
BREAKING: First Case of COVID-19 Reported in North Western Syria, Imminent Threat To Displaced Persons
Dallas, Texas- On July 7, a 39 year old doctor working in north western Syria was tested for COVID-19 and was confirmed positive today. This is the first reported case of COVID-19 in north western Syria. The doctor entered Syria two weeks ago and visited his wife in Al Bab city (Aleppo Governate) between June 30 and July 1. The doctor immediately isolated himself upon symptoms, and contract-tracing procedures have been put in place for his interactions. Bab Al Hawa Hospital, in which he worked has prohibited entry and exit, and has performed a complete quarantine of all doctor’s housing units. All medical staff are taking preventative measures and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Screening and monitoring mechanisms have been activated in the surrounding medical facilities.
The medical system in north western Syria does not have the capacity to cope with the influx. The UN reports that there are 4,178,480 people in north western Syria, living in densely populated conditions with little access to healthcare. In Idlib, (pop. 3.5+ million) there are under 300 ICU beds and a limited number of ventilators. The majority of the ventilators are currently in use and not available to treat COVID-19. In North Western Syria there is currently only one PCR Lab. In the past 12 months alone, 85 medical facilities have been attacked and most are currently not functional. The medical infrastructure cannot handle the existing population needs let alone a wide spread pandemic. Medical staff suffer from a shortage of masks, gloves, gowns, disinfectant, thermal scanners and other medical supplies.
Years of war and malnutrition have left many people’s immune systems compromised and the entire population susceptible to drastically higher mortality rates. It is predicted that the transmission rates will be dramatically higher than global averages due to densely populated internal displacement camps and multiple families living in the same dwelling.
Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “The news of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in northern Syria is deeply distressing. There are are less than 300 ICU beds and the majority of adult ventilators are already in use with a population of over 4 million people. Medical supplies, PPE and testing are limited. The international community must take immediate action by supporting the area with equipment/supplies needed in case of a widespread outbreak. Northwest Syria is already suffering from a major humanitarian crisis, the failure to extend the UN cross-border resolution could be catastrophic especially now that COVID-19 has made its way into Northwest Syria.”
UOSSM’s Response:
  • UOSSM’s mobile clinics have made it a top priority to visit communities and educate the population on social distancing, hygiene practices and steps if people are symptomatic.
  •  UOSSM has nurse/staff in front of medical facilities to screen patients and direct them to the right area.
  • UOSSM has asked all health workers to attend the WHO online course “Introduction to Emerging Respiratory Viruses, Including Novel Coronavirus”.
  • UOSSM’s technical team has trained all health workers in UOSSM PHC centers on the detection of suspected cases, handling of cases, referral of cases, and reporting.
  • UOSSM is working in close collaboration with the Idlib Health Directorate to implement a ‘COVID-19 Response Plan’.
For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Najah Allouch:
UOSSM USA Communications and Media Director
Email: press@uossm.us
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 provided nutrition services to over 162,000 people
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019
Media Contact:
Name: Najah Allouch
Title: Communications and Media Director
Email Address: press@uossm.us
Failure to Renew UN Cross-border Resolution Tomorrow Will be Catastrophic for Syria
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Months of intense bombing and displacement in North West Syria in early 2020, compounded by hyperinflation, has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. The price of a typical food basket has increased by 200% in the past six months according to the World Food Program. Millions of Syrians depend on the aid that comes through the Turkish-Syrian border. By Friday July 10th, the international community will have to decide on the fate of Syrians as they vote on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC 2504) resolution to extend cross border aid deliveries into Syria.

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2020
Failure to Renew UN Cross-border Resolution Tomorrow Will be Catastrophic for Syria
Dallas, Texas- Months of intense bombing and displacement in North West Syria in early 2020, compounded by hyperinflation, has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. The price of a typical food basket has increased by 200% in the past six months according to the World Food Program. Millions of Syrians depend on the aid that comes through the Turkish-Syrian border. By Friday July 10th, the international community will have to decide on the fate of Syrians as they vote on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC 2504) resolution to extend cross border aid deliveries into Syria.
Conditions in the country, particularly Northern Syria, warrant the immediate renewal of UNSC 2504. The Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic released a 29-page report detailing the intensified hostilities of parties to the conflict in Syria, particularly in Idlib and surrounding areas.
Aside from attacks on schools and markets, the commission reported a total of 17 attacks on medical facilities in the past seven months. Hospitals that are partially operating due to attacks or hospitals that are struggling to purchase materials due to inflation, will need the aid that comes through the Turkish-Syrian border to continue operating. Without local supply chains or procurement, maintaining cross-border operations will be vital. David Beasley, the head of the UN’s World Food Programme stated, “If we send cash in, they [Syrians] don’t have anything to buy, so we are now having to convert cash to food” (The National, 2020). Nearly 8 million people are food insecure, only half the country’s health facilities are fully functional, and with the looming threat of Covid-19 and famine, Syrians more than ever will be relying on the lifesaving aid that comes through the Turkish-Syrian border (OCHA, 2020; WFP, 2020). Without the border access, many NGOs will be unable to carry out their activities thus creating “a vacuum of service delivery and putting upwards of a million people at risk of acute food insecurity.” (CSIS, 2020).
Dr. Khaula Sawah, Vice President of UOSSM USA said, “We are deeply concerned that closing the border will have a severe negative impact on the Syrian people. Millions of Syrians rely on the humanitarian operations coming from Bab Al Hawa and Bab Al Salam. The Security Council must pass a resolution that supports the humanitarian needs of people on the ground in Syria, otherwise we will surely witness mass starvation and the spread of preventable disease.”
For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Najah Allouch:
UOSSM USA Communications and Media Director
Email: press@uossm.us
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 provided nutrition services to over 162,000 people
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services provided care to 110,096  beneficiaries
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to over 1 million patients since establishment through the end of 2019
Media Contact:
Name: Najah Allouch
Title: Communications and Media Director
Email Address: press@uossm.us

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