July 2016 Activities and Updates from UOSSM USA
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We would like to welcome all of our subscribers and supporters to the UOSSM family. You will receive plenty of new information and updates about our work and activities for this and every month. UOSSM's 900+ dedicated staff members in the US and abroad are working hard to make a difference in the lives of Syrians inside Syria and in neighboring countries, and to provide the medical support that is so desperately needed. Thank you for supporting UOSSM USA together, we are "Saving Lives, and Building Hope."

Video Testimony
Watch the video to hear Ahmed Al-Halabi, a nurse inside Aleppo, tell us the heartbreaking story that affected him the most in his work.  "The moment that affected me most was when we received a four year old after a bombing, she had multiple injuries in the abdomen, head and chest... her feet were completely crushed...she was crying "My feet hurt, please don't cut off my feet!" She was so afraid... But there was no other way, the little girl died in surgery from her other injuries." This is Syria today...
At Least 10 Hospitals Were Bombed and Put out of Service Throughout Syria in July
The biggest story in Syria today is the relentless targeting of hospitals and medical facilities.  In July alone at least 10 medical facilities, many at least partially supported by UOSSM, were bombed and put out of service. 
Most of the medical facilities were targeted in the besieged Aleppo area, and Idlib. At least two medical staff were killed and many were wounded. 
In the past 5 years, at least 650 medical workers have lost their lives and hospitals have faced hundreds of military and aerial attacks. In 2015, 250 attacks damaged or completely destroyed hospitals and health facilities. In  2016, more than 80 hospitals and medical points were targeted, and over 80 health and humanitarian workers were killed, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. The targeting of medical workers has provoked a situation in which we estimate  10,000 specialized doctors have fled the country, causing a massive breakdown in the health care system and 40% of the population without access to primary health care.
You can help UOSSM assist in rebuilding the failing health care system and these facilities and get them up and running by donating to UOSSM, please click here.
You can read all of our press releases with detailed information about the bombings by clicking here on our website.  

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UOSSM International Updates
 UOSSM Opens First Cardiac Care Center in Northern Syria
UOSSM opened the first Cardiac Care Center in UOSSM’s Bab Al-Hawa Hospital, providing cardiac care services including ECG and emergency care with the latest equipment. This is the only cardiac center in the region of northern Syria.
 UOSSM Supplies 12 Women's and Children's Hospitals in Northern Syria With Medical Equipment
In partnership with Muslim Aid, UOSSM fulfilled “Support Women’s and Children’s Hospitals” project on June 27, some of the equipment were incubators and radiant warming beds. Hospitals in the following areas were supported with this project:  Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Lattakia.
 UOSSM Provides Emergency Support to Three Hospitals 
UOSSM responded to the call for urgent need for emergency support of area hospitals.  Bab Al-Hawa Hospital received with medications and consumables, Al Quds Hospital received one month's salary support for hospital staff in the amount of $52,243, and Thawrat al Karama Hospital was also supported. These hospitals are considered some of the major hospitals in Syria. Thawrat al Karama performs 135 surgical operations, Al Quds provides 214, and Bab Al-Hawa provides 711 surgical operations a month.
  In Partnership with Islamic Relief Canada, UOSSM Supports 9 Health Care Facilities with Medications and Consumables
In partnership with Islamic Relief Canada, UOSSM began support of 9 health care facilities with medications and consumables in the Ghota area for the length of  4 months. The Ghota area is a besieged area that suffers from a major gap in the health sector which has created an emergency medical crisis in the area.
In the month of July, all of UOSSM's programs: UOSSM's hospitals, primary and mental health care centers, UOSSM's Medical Training and Educational Center, along with mobile clinics were hard at work providing services throughout Syria to those who need it most, including hard to reach areas. 
Bab al Hawa Hospital is one of UOSSM's major initiatives, offering a broad range of specialty, medical and surgical services including general, thoracic, vascular, orthopedic, neuro, urologic, opthalmic, maxillofacial, E.N.T., and pediatric surgeries.
UOSSM Bab Al-Hawa Hospital has been flooded with incoming patients as the indiscriminate bombing continues. The staff is working relentlessly to treat every last case. 
Through the end of June BHH provided services to a total of 33,840 patients. Among the wide array of services provided, 5871 visited outpatient clinics, 687 had specialized surgical operations, 432 had emergency surgeries, 392 had Echocardiograms and 403 received dialysis treatments. 
The  UOSSM Medical Training and Educational  Center in Bab Al-Hawa offered and hosted several training courses in July. Some of the courses offered are described below.
UOSSM hosted the World Health Organization in July for the second training course in the Mental Health Gap (MH-Gap). The course was given to 30 doctors that work in hospitals and primary health care centers in Northern Syria.
With the major shortage of medical staff and in order to save the maximum number of lives possible, UOSSM Medical Training and Education Center provided the ATSG course to 22 trainees. 
In Ma'arat al Norman, the UOSSM project, "Re-Enablement of Syrian Children With Special Needs" aimed at supporting children's mental health, was established for children with special needs. This initiative takes place at various UOSSM supported centers and various schools.The pictures show some of the activities children participated in, at the Ma'arat al Nou'man MHPSS Center.
Many children received support from the project, "Re-enablement of Syrian Children with Special Needs" in the Qah MHPSS Center as well, the pictures below show some of the activities children participated in at the center.  
UOSSM's  six mobile clinics continue to provide health care services to people in many areas throughout Syria. UNICEF is supporting this project for the length of six months. The clinics provide primary and mental health care in Idlib and Aleppo. 
UOSSM's nine PHC's continue to provide medical health care services throughout Syria. 
Al Zafaraneh Primary Health Care Center
An air raid targeted the Al-Zafaraneh Primary Health Care Center on July 14, the damage caused the center to temporarily go out of service. The center provides care to over 6000 patients a month from the besieged area of the Homs suburbs. This is not the first time the center has been targeted, bombed and put out of service
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 and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.
  • FULLY operates Bab Al-Hawa Hospital; Major Referral hospital in Northern Syria / serves +14,000 patients and conducts +1,300 surgeries per month
  • Partially supports 120 hospitals and 200 medical points with $13M in medications and consumables sufficient to operate 130,000 surgeries
  • +825,000 patients treated at our 9 primary health care centers and 9 mobile clinics with over 1,000,000 consultations
  • +2,872 newborns delivered at the Burnas Maternity Hospital and other UOSSM specialized maternity centers
  • +128,000 people benefitted from our mental health care and psycho-social support centers
  •  +9,000 medical staff have been trained and qualified at UOSSM’s BHH and other UOSSM training centers
With support from UOSSM, Tulip Organization held an Eid party for the children in the Eastern Ghota area bringing smiles to their faces.
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.
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