May 2022 Newsletter

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Impact Story: Expression Through Art

Shaimaa was suffering both mentally and physically due to many issues including hearing and speech impairment, depression, and anxiety. She was sad and hopeless with extremely low self-esteem. Being displaced only made things worse in her young life.

Shaimaa visited UOSSM Turkey’s Special Needs Rehabilitation (SNR) center but could not receive any speech therapy until she first received a hearing aid. During her initial consultation, the psychologist observed that Shaimaa was dealing with many emotional issues and began art therapy sessions to help her overcome this.

A young, brilliant artist, Shaimaa expressed herself and her emotions through her artwork. Sad pictures reflected her melancholy feelings while bright and colorful art reflected her happier days. Through the art therapy sessions, Shaimaa’s self-esteem improved. After 7-8 sessions at our center, a significant improvement in her condition was noticed – she felt accomplished and stronger. You can watch a video about Shaimaa here!

Yet, there are countless other Syrian children like Shaimaa throughout Syria, Turkey and Jordan, who are also feeling hopeless and alone. They too are in need of medical and mental healthcare services. With YOUR generous gifts, YOU are helping ensure these children receive the healthcare they deserve. Thanks to your support, these children can become stronger both physically and emotionally, paving the way towards a healthier and more promising future.

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

You can click here to continue to support children like Shaimaa!

Medical and Psychological Aspects of War Workshop

On May 26th, UOSSM Ukraine, in participation with the International Academy of Personal Management, organized and presented its, “Medical and Psychological Aspects of War” lecture and training workshop to over 25 doctors and volunteers.

The hybrid program sessions were offered both in-person and virtual formats focused on the following topics:

  • “Differential Diagnosis of Military Trauma” Report by Professor Dr. Kolyadenko N.
  • “The Impact of Military Trauma on Women’s Health” Report by Dr. Jabara T.
  • Report about UOSSM and its charitable activities by Dr. Zaydiye
  • “The Art Therapy” presented by Fesenyuk N.
  • “Game Therapy as a Method of Providing Medical and Psychological Trauma” by Dr. Bachurina N.
  • “Military Psychology Trauma” by Shophsa M.

Upon completion of the training session, all participants were presented with certificates of completion.

To learn more about our medical work in Ukraine click here.

Click here to support our work in Ukraine.

Continuing Nutrition Services in Northwest Syria

Malnutrition continues to threaten the lives of children in displacement camps in northwest Syria where malnourishment touches 1 out of every 5 children in Idlib and 1 in 4 children in Aleppo.

UOSSM continues to respond as nutrition teams visit areas of displacement, screening children for malnutrition. Acute malnutrition cases are treated on the spot, while parents/guardians are provided with educational materials and advice on how to maintain their child at a healthy weight. Severe malnutrition cases are referred to area hospitals or clinics for more urgent care.The nutrition teams follow up on a regular basis with the child until he/she reaches a healthy weight.

Continuing to Provide Primary Health Care Services 
At UOSSM, we believe every person should have access to health care as it is a basic human necessity. Our supporters continue to enable us to reach the most vulnerable communities with quality health care around the clock, which is free of charge to those who need it most, including displaced, underserved, and needy families.
The Aidoon Primary Health Services provides medical services in an area of 11 displacement camps, in the town of Salqeen with over 50,000 people. The clinics in the center include: internal medicine, general care, pediatrics, gynecology, and mental health care. The center also includes a lab, pharmacy, nutrition and community health services. Combined, these clinics provide more than 4000 services a month to those in need.

How YOU can help!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

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    Simply shop at smile.amazon.com and select UOSSM USA to support!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: connect@uossm.us

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 2021 UOSSM provided:

medical services to almost 1.4 million people in Syria and Turkey

protection services to over 55,000 people

nutrition services focused on women and children to over 184,000 beneficiaries

care to over 40,000 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

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