UOSSM launched its first medical mission and healthcare programs to Syria and Turkey in response to the Syrian crisis in early 2012.
Now, COVID-19 has made its way into northern Syria. UOSSM has implemented many strategic initiatives to curb the spread of the coronavirus by supporting primary healthcare centers, distributing N95 masks, distributing hygiene kits and nutritious food baskets, providing awareness training to people and medical staff, establishing isolation and distance learning centers, and sterilizing displacement camps.
UOSSM Strategic Role in the Syrian Crisis
As a leader, expert, and innovator, UOSSM has played an integral role in the mental health and healthcare in the Syrian crisis. UOSSM established strategic initiatives early on in the crisis, working closely with local communities, the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, and international agencies and organizations, providing healthcare services to millions of people in need.
UOSSM has led the way by taking new initiatives to find constantly evolving solutions for the growing health problems in Syria. One of UOSSM's major initiatives is the strategic establishment and operation of Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, the most advanced referral emergency and specialty hospital in northern Syria.
In addition, UOSSM established the only inpatient acute mental health unit in northern Syria and the first mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) centers, with Tele-Psychiatry support, in Syria and Turkey. UOSSM’s other initiatives include primary healthcare centers, maternal units, mobile clinics, nutrition, and protection services. Another major initiative of UOSSM was the establishment of the largest specialized warzone medical training center in Bab Al-Hawa in northern Syria in response to the urgent need for building the capacity of remaining health workers in the region.
UOSSM’s hallmark programs during the Syrian crisis are the following initiatives:
UOSSM Bab Al-Hawa Hospital in northern Syria in 2012
Specialized Warzone Medical Training Center at Bab Al-Hawa in northern Syria for Health Workers since 2012
Primary Health Care Centers, Maternity Units and Mobile Clinics across Syria since 2013
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Centers in Turkey since 2013 and in Syria in early 2014, with Tele-Psychiatry support services
Data Collection and Analysis Initiative (Evidence-based funding) in Syria in 2013
Solar System Initiative at UOSSM Bab Al-Hawa Hospital and Aqrabat Hospital in northern Syria in 2017
As the Syrian crisis enters its tenth year, the severity and complexity of humanitarian needs remain extensive. Years of continued bombardment, attacks on civilians, doctors, health workers, and healthcare facilities has left an extremely vulnerable population in Syria. The healthcare infrastructure has been decimated leaving people with limited to no access to emergency and specialized medical care as they are struggling with disease and malnutrition...