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UOSSM Completes Fourth Medical Mission in Ukraine Providing Surgical Trainings
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Edinburg, TX – UOSSM completed its fourth medical mission in Ukraine which lasted for two weeks in early June. The medical mission included surgical trainings for surgeons on the frontlines and meetings and planning for future UOSSM work in Ukraine.

The surgical trainings, led by UOSSM, and in partnership with the David Nott Foundation (DNF), were planned and facilitated by Dr. Ahmad Dbais and the UOSSM Ukraine team. Dr. Khaula Sawah and Dr. Monzer Yazji, both co-founders of UOSSM USA, joined the surgical trainings.
The DNF and team, led by world renowned war doctor, Dr. David Nott, who have worked with UOSSM in the past in Syria and have experience in war medicine in war inflicted areas, wanted to help local doctors and surgeons by providing these vital trainings. The main objective of the Hostile Environment Surgical Trainings (HEST) was to share expertise with local surgeons on the frontlines.

 

Surgeons receiving HEST training in Ukraine
UOSSM facilitated the logistics of the surgical trainings coordinating with local authorities and invited surgeons with different specialties to attend the courses.

The HEST trainings included one three-day course in Dnipro, where 38 surgeons received the training, and another three-day training in Kharkiv, where 30 surgeons received the intensive and engaging training course. The trainee surgeons were very appreciative and felt they benefitted greatly from the training courses. Both cities have been on the frontlines and under attack causing many war injuries. The surgical trainings will help give surgeons the tools and expertise they need to treat war injuries and ultimately save lives. Dr. Nott and team posted on the David Nott Foundation page, “We want doctors to feel empowered – sometimes all that’s needed is confidence. We want doctors to feel inspired to learn and try the techniques they’ve seen on our course.”

In addition to the trainings, one complicated surgery was also performed on a patient with war wounds.
UOSSM will continue to provide medical training to doctors from the expertise gained from over 10 years of war in Syria.
UOSSM and DNF teams at HEST trainings in Ukraine
Dr. Sawah met with the director of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health Center of Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine, Dr. Vitaliy Kryliuk (Віталій Крилюк) after the Dnipro training. Dr. Kruylik was impressed with the work UOSSM is doing on the ground in Ukraine and emphasized on the importance to provide doctors and surgeons with more advanced, structured, vital trainings, and to provide Training of Trainers (ToTs) courses to advance the skills of Ukrainian surgeons to handle and treat war zone injuries in particular on the frontlines to train fellow Ukrainian surgeons.

UOSSM doctors felt the duty to provide Ukrainian doctors and patients with support and invaluable expertise gained from the 11-year Syrian crisis.

Dr. Sawah said, “We know exactly how the Ukrainian doctors and civilians are feeling, and what they are experiencing. The brutal effects of war…the fear…the helplessness…the uncertainty…that is why we chose to share our experiences and expertise gained over the past 11 years in Syria, with the Ukrainian people. We want to help save lives. It was heartwarming to see people just come up to us and thank us for our support especially after they knew where we came from and what we have been doing for over a decade in Syria. We hope to continue to have more impact in Ukraine, supporting civilians with medical and humanitarian relief, and doctors and healthcare professionals with vital training and support to help save lives.”

Dr. Sawah added, “The UOSSM Ukraine team is making a difference every day with these trainings, mental health workshops, and medical and humanitarian relief amid the massive displacement during the last three months.”
Dr. Sawah met with the director of the Ukrainian Ministry of Public Health Center of Emergency Medical Aid and Disaster Medicine, Dr. Vitaliy Kryliuk
UOSSM/David Nott Foundation Surgical Trainings in Ukraine

Medical and Psychological Aspects of War Lecture and Training Workshop
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On May 26th, UOSSM Ukraine, in participation with the International Academy of Personal Management, organized and presented the lecture and training workshop, “Medical and Psychological Aspects of War” to over 25 doctors and volunteers. There were both in person and online speakers and participants at the session.

The program offered:

  • “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 participation.

 

Medical and Psychological Aspects of War Training Workshop in Ukraine
Participants of Workshop

You can click here to support our work in Ukraine.

You can click here to learn more about our medical mission in Ukraine.

April 2022 Newsletter
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Feeding Orphans, Displaced, and Needy Families in Ramadan

During the month of April (which coincided with the month of Ramadan), we were able to reach hundreds of orphans, refugees, and displaced families in Syria and Jordan by providing them with warm Iftar meals. This was made possible through the support of Hathi Hayati, a local organization that supports needy and displaced and needy families with shelter, food and special projects

Click here to watch one of the Iftar dinner videos in Jordan for orphans and their families – which will warm your heart!

In this month of reflection, we would like to convey how grateful we are for your support – we could not do this life-changing work without YOU!

Together, we truly are saving lives and building hope!

Providing Food to the Underserved and Needy in Cincinnati

Islamic Relief USA awarded a grant to UOSSM USA for the distribution of Ramadan food baskets to needy and underserved families in the Cincinnati area during Ramadan. In partnership with the Islamic Association of Cincinnati (IAC) – Clifton Mosque, UOSSM USA was able to distribute 80 food baskets to 75 families through its food pantry which runs year round.

This would not have been possible without the amazing support of our partners and volunteers! Thank you!

Surgical Medical Mission in Ukraine

On April 2nd -12th, UOSSM USA, in partnership with British renowned war doctor, Dr. David Nott of the David Nott Foundation, led a surgical medical mission which provided training workshops to doctors, and critical surgeries to patients affected by the war in Ukraine. Dr. David Nott, along with 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 major hospitals where complex reconstructive and plastic surgeries were performed on victims of attacks while doctors observed and were provided with training on treating injured victims of war and war weapons. Click here to read our full press release on the surgical medical mission.

Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM USA stated, “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.” Dr. Yazji was interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN about the medical mission in Ukraine. Click here to watch the full CNN report!

There are still countless others who require medical attention. As a result, another medical mission is being planned in June. Click here to support our medical mission in Ukraine.

 

Continuing Services in Sarmada Mental Health Hospital

UOSSM signed an agreement to continue providing a complete package of mental health services through the Sarmada Mental Health Hospital, and two mental health mobile clinics, beginning on May 1, 2022.

The hospital is the only center that treats mental and psychological disorders in northwest Syria. In 2021 the hospital and mobile clinics had 3048 beneficiaries, and provided 6928 consultations.

Training Center for SBOMS

After a committee from the Syrian Board of Medical Specialties (SBOMS) visited the Al Andalus Hospital, it announced the decision to use the hospital as a training center specializing in pediatrics and general surgery.

The hospital, which follows all standards and guidelines required by specialized authorities and councils will provide training to local resident pediatricians and general surgeons, building and strengthening their capacity.

Overcoming Health Care Service Challenges in Syria

Despite many challenges, UOSSM continues to provide primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services to the most vulnerable and needy families through 6 hospitals, 14 primary health care centers, 7 specialty centers, and 3 mobile clinics in northwest Syria. All centers follow strict prevention and protection guidelines adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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How YOU can help!

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

  • Follow us and share and like our posts on social media! (Links located below)
  • Come volunteer with us!  This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and gain work experience in the humanitarian sector. If you would like to share your talent with us – virtually – for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, please contact us at connect@uossm.us.
  • Become an Ambassador!
    If you are ready to become an active member and help us spread the word about UOSSM USA, then this is for you!
  • Host a Fundraising Event to help support our work, helping those in need with humanitarian aid and medical services.
  • Pledge your Birthday on Facebook!
    Create a fundraiser for UOSSM USA through Facebook. Click here for instructions!
  • Amplify your Gift with AmazonSmile
    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

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 © *2022* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

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.”

You can support UOSSM’s medical mission work by clicking here.

 

March 2022 Newsletter
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Helping Displaced and Needy Families in Ramadan

Imagine fasting all day and not knowing if or when you will even be able to eat your next meal. This is the dire situation for thousands of displaced Syrian families.

Join us this Ramadan to help feed the hungry, improve their health and well-being, and ease their suffering. YOU can help us continue to reach the most vulnerable with our lifesaving and vital humanitarian, emergency and medical services.

With YOUR support, we can reach at least 1,000 displaced refugee families this Ramadan who are in need in Syria and Jordan.

  • $110 can provide a family of five with dinner (fatour) essentials for one month in Jordan
  • $70 can provide breakfast (suhoor) essentials for a family of five for one month in Jordan
  • $55 can provide breakfast and dinner (suhoor and fatour) essentials to a family of five for one month in Syria.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadan.”Any contribution to support these families and our work will make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Each dollar donated during Ramadan is multiplied!

Please click here to support this campaign. 

Haneen is Recovering after Complicated Surgery

Thanks to YOUR support, 9-year-old Haneen was able to get the medical care she needed after complicated surgery from a health condition. After rehabilitation treatment at Bab Al-Hawa Rehabilitation Center, she is now on the road to recovery!

Many children like Haneen live in hard-to-reach areas that do not have easy access to healthcare. YOUR support enables children like Haneen to become strong and healthy once again by helping provide access to quality healthcare, free of charge every single day!

Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Launching Medical Points in Ukraine

In March, Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM/UOSSM USA, took a second trip to Ukraine to launch the UOSSM Ukraine office and the medical points to help support Ukrainians affected by the war. Dr. Yazji stated ”We formed a network of volunteer doctors from different specialties and conducted a training for them. We are seeing around 60 patients a day at one medical point located in 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!”

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

Distributing Food Baskets to Muslim families in Cincinnati during Ramadan

Islamic Relief USA awarded a grant to UOSSM USA for the distribution of food baskets to needy families in the Cincinnati area during Ramadan. The baskets will be distributed in partnership with the Islamic Association of Cincinnati – Clifton Mosque, which has a food pantry that runs year round.

Training on Malnutrition in Syria

Malnutrition continues to be a dangerous problem affecting needy and displaced families in northwest Syria. Training staff on handling malnutrition within the community is vital.

UOSSM, in cooperation with the European Union, provided “Community Management of Acute Malnutrition” training (recently updated by UNICEF and the nutrition sector) to health staff in March.

This hybrid workshop, which was held over seven days, provided in-person training to 96 participants in Sarmada and Idlib and online training to 13 participants.

Providing Over 1,400 Dialysis Sessions a Month

The Ibn Sina Dialysis Center in Idlib continues to provide dialysis to patients with end-stage renal failure. Each patient receives at least two dialysis sessions per week.  With 26 dialysis machines, it is the main and largest dialysis center in northern Syria dedicated to treating 170 patients out of the 600 registered patients in the region.

The Dialysis Center has been divided into three sections to ensure that high quality services are provided in a safe manner. One section has been allocated to patients who do not suffer from any infections; the second section is devoted to patients with hepatitis; and the third section has been allocated to patients with COVID-19 (the center is fully equipped with personal protective equipment and prevention and control means).

Over the past 8 months, the number of dialysis sessions in the Ibn Sina Dialysis Center increased by 30% – from 1,100 sessions in July 2021 to 1,450 in March 2022.

Supporting Health Integrated Resilience (HIRS) Project

UOSSM Canada will be supporting the Health Integrated Resilience (HIRS) project in northern Syria from April to August 2022.

The operating phase aims to train doctors and nurses to use the HIRS telemedicine platform by hiring telemedicine technical assistants from three health facilities (selected specialties: mental health, pediatrics, and Intensive Care Unit). This platform will be developed using feedback from service providers and volunteer consultants as end-users.The HIRS telemedicine platform will help reduce the burden on service providers and ensure that the best services are provided to patients who have received medical consultations by volunteer physicians from all over the world. In addition, this will increase the technical competencies of service providers in Syria for managing similar critical cases in the future.

An added value will be achieved during the operational phase through the formation of a technical medical committee to develop policies, procedures, and all things related to the telemedicine program.

Participating in “Health in Conflict” Conference at Cambridge University

On March 21st-22nd, UOSSM participated in the “Health in Conflict” Conference held at Cambridge University. The main topic of discussion was assessing research and policies for populations affected by conflict and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and North Africa. The conference was organized by the Research for Health in Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (R4HC-MENA) project.

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How YOU can help!

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

  • Follow us and share and like our posts on social media! (Links located below)
  • Come volunteer with us!  This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and gain work experience in the humanitarian sector. If you would like to share your talent with us – virtually – for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, please contact us at connect@uossm.us.
  • Become an Ambassador! If you are ready to become an active member and help us spread the word about UOSSM USA, then this is for you!
  • Host a Fundraising Event to help support our work, helping those in need with humanitarian aid and medical services.
  • Pledge your Birthday on Facebook!Create a fundraiser for UOSSM USA through Facebook. Click here for instructions!
  • Amplify your Gift with AmazonSmileSimply 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

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 © *2022* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

CNN Interviews Co-Founder of UOSSM USA, About Ukraine and Syria
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UOSSM USA’s 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.

 

February 2022 Newsletter
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After Years of War Syrian Doctors Lead Medical Mission in Ukraine

Dr. Monzer Yazji, co-founder of UOSSM and UOSSM USA, is leading a medical mission in Ukraine to provide medical and humanitarian 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.

UOSSM has already opened a field office which is operating a humanitarian relief station in Lviv for food and necessities as well as a medical point in Lutsk. UOSSM is also working to set up a field medical facility in Kiev. Dr. Monzer Yazji, a Syrian American doctor who has also been on the ground in Syria several times over the past 11 years has been triaging and providing medical relief and care to around 300 wounded or sick patients, stabilizing them, and providing medications at the urgent care clinic in Lutsk.

Dr. Yazji stated, “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.”

If you would like to support our work in Ukraine, please click here.

Helping Abd Al Rahman Walk Again After Debilitating Injury 

15 year old Abd Al Rahman Alahmad exclaimed, “I can’t feel my feet dad!” when he came out of a coma and found both of his feet in casts.

Abd Al Rahman had been filling the water tanks on his home’s rooftop when he fell from nearly 23 feet high. He was immediately taken to the hospital for emergency care.

Once his condition was stabilized, Abd Al Rahman was discharged from the hospital. He was then admitted to the Bab Al Hawa Rehabilitation Center for physiotherapy to help strengthen his left foot after developing foot drop resulting from his fractures.

The physiotherapy team welcomed Abd Al Rahman and gave his family hope that he would make a full recovery. After several physical therapy sessions, he began to move his injured foot. As Abd Al Rahman improved, so did his entire family’s mental health, since they had been left feeling helpless watching their son suffer for months on end.

Abd Al Rahman is now slowly returning to walking and will continue to follow up with our team until he makes a full recovery.

Thanks to your support, we have given the promise of a new day to countless patients and their families! Together, we are saving lives and building hope.

Continuing Mental Health Services in Northern Aleppo 

There continues to be gap in healthcare access for northern Syrians. UOSSM is working to address this gap by providing mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) at the Al Bab Mental Health Hospital in northern Aleppo.

This hospital provides care for advanced cases of mental health disorders and patients who are considered a danger to themselves and also provides other complementary psychosocial (PSS) services and activities.

In addition to providing multidisciplinary mental health services through the outpatient unit, Mental Health Gap Action Programs (MhGAP) services, and other complementary non-specialized MHPSS are provided to patients under the supervision of a psychiatrist, MhGap, and other mental health and psychosocial support professionals.

 

 

Strengthening Capacity of Reproductive Health Services in Northern Syria 

UOSSM is contributing to the capacity-building of reproductive health services in northern Syria by providing special training in coordination with the UNFPA and other medical organizations. Strengthening the medical sector in northern Syria will help reduce disease and death rates among pregnant women and newborns.

The specialty training includes family planning, clinical management of rape survivors,  and reproductive health protocols. It  targets 76 trainees (midwives) from 18 medical organizations across 3 training centers: Azaz, Idlib, and Sarmada.

The family planning and clinical management trainings for rape survivors were completed in February. The remaining training sessions are expected to be completed by mid-March.

 

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How YOU can help!

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

  • Follow us and share and like our posts on social media! (Links located below)
  • Come volunteer with us!  This is a fantastic opportunity to give back and gain work experience in the humanitarian sector. If you would like to share your talent with us – virtually – for the benefit of those who are less fortunate, please contact us at connect@uossm.us.
  • Become an Ambassador!
    If you are ready to become an active member and help us spread the word about UOSSM USA, then this is for you!
  • Host a Fundraising Event to help support our work, helping those in need with humanitarian aid and medical services.
  • Pledge your Birthday on Facebook!
    Create a fundraiser for UOSSM USA through Facebook. Click here for instructions!
  • Amplify your Gift with AmazonSmile
    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 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

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

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 © *2022* *UOSSM USA, All rights reserved.

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.

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.

You can support UOSSM’s medical mission work by clicking here.

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