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CNN Interviews Vice President of UOSSM USA, About Ukraine and Syria
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UOSSM USA’s Vice President and Co-founder Dr. Monzer Yazji,  was interviewed by CNN on his recent medical missions in Ukraine. Dr. Yazji has gone to Syria throughout the past 10 years helping doctors and to alleviate the incredible suffering of the people. He felt a duty to share that expertise and support with the people of Ukraine as they are suffering under similar circumstances. Dr. Yazji said, “Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN interviewed me about my medical missions in Ukraine and my past medical missions in Syria.In addition, the Ukrainian doctors are physically and emotionally exhausted. I was able to provide them with mental health support, and shared my experiences on the ground in Syria for the past 11 years and ways to cope with the stress. We also provided Ukrainian doctors with trainings, and helped continue to provide medical care, urgent medical and humanitarian relief to those affected by the brutal war at our clinics. You can support our medical mission in Ukraine by clicking here.
Update on Medical Mission in Ukraine
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As the situation continues to deteriorate in Ukraine with millions of displaced civilians, UOSSM continues on its medical mission. Two medical points have been established. The first medical point is in Lutsk, which is a medical clinic providing primary health care services, urgent treatment and medicines to women, children, and the elderly. Most are of the millions of displaced/refugees fleeing violence and bombardment.

The second medical point is in Lviv, and provides medical services along with emergency humanitarian services to those affected by the war. These clinics have been operating around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the past month.

Dr. Ahmad Dbais, the International Missions Director, arrived on the ground in Ukraine last week to assess the situation and work with the UOSSM Ukraine team on strategy and training.  He also visited and worked in the medical points, providing medical care,  and planned logistics for Dr. David Nott’s arrival as part of the medical mission.

Dr. Nott, a Welsh surgeon, volunteers in areas of conflict, and has volunteered with UOSSM with his lifesaving surgeries in Syria and has provided training to Syrian doctors to help handle and treat war wounds and injuries and is set to arrive to Ukraine on Monday, April 4.

You can support our medical mission in Ukraine by clicking here.

 

Update from the Ground in Ukraine
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Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM/UOSSM USA, is on his second trip to Ukraine to provide medical support by establishing a UOSSM Ukraine office, and medical points to support Ukrainians affected by the war. Dr. Yazji said, ” We are seeing around 60 patients a day, in one medical point at a church. Tomorrow, the number is expected to jump to 300 patients per day, as other local churches will be sending patients here to this medical point.
We also formed a network of volunteer doctors of different specialties; we did training for them today.”

On his first trip, Dr. Yazji met with other international NGOs and local officials to assess the situation,  establish UOSSM Ukraine, and provide medical relief. You can read about the first medical mission here and about the parallels between the Syrian and Ukrainian crisis here.

UOSSM was founded in 2012, in response to the crisis in Syria to help provide emergency humanitarian relief, medical care and relief and train those on the ground to handle war wounds, chemical attacks and other war related injuries and is now in Ukraine to provide the same type of support and services to Ukrainians affected by the war. You can support our work in Ukraine by clicking here.

Co-Founder Leads Medical Mission from US
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A UOSSM medical mission team led by Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM and UOSSM USA, is headed to Ukraine from the US for a to assess the situation and provide emergency relief.

According to OCHA, the war in Ukraine has led to mass displacement with over 2 million refugees fleeing the country since February 24, 2022. In the past two weeks, there have been at least 1,207 civilian casualties, including 406 killed. The actual number of civilian casualties is likely to be much higher as civilian deaths and injuries continue to be verified.

UOSSM hopes to provide medical relief to civilians affected by the war. If you would like to donate to support our work please click here.

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 Ukranian 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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