September 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 800+ 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."

Five UOSSM medical staff were killed last month in the line of duty. The five medics, three nurses and two drivers, were responding to a dispatch from the Khan Touman Medical Point in southern Aleppo, to triage wounded civilians to a nearby hospital. 
Upon their arrival the area was hit with another airstrike claiming the lives of four of the medics and placing the fifth medic, a nurse in critical condition. The two ambulances were also destroyed. The fifth nurse, died a few days later due to the extent of his injuries.
#OurFiveHeroes gave their lives selflessly in the service of others. They ranged in ages from 24-44 years of age and each had at least one child, one nurse had five children. 
Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and all of the victims of the brutal war in Syria.
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Medical Workers Go on Strike in Syria
On September 28, doctors, medical staff, and humanitarians participated in a 3 hour planned work strike (non-emergency only)  to protest against the relentless targeting of medical facilities and health professionals in Syria. The medical professionals carried signs saying, "NO More", "Stop the holocaust in Aleppo", "Doctors Are Not the Enemy", and various signs in honor and memory of the five UOSSM staff, and all medical staff killed in Syria.  
September was a brutal month for health care in Syria. Many hospitals were bombed and shut down. Convoys carrying humanitarian aid were destroyed and the situation is growing more dangerous by the day. 

Despite the relentless danger, UOSSM is determined to continue to provide medical care, relief and support to those who need it the most including hard to reach areas.
UOSSM Distributes Medical Consumables and Medications to 12 Hospitals in Daraa
Due to the relentless shelling and airstrikes in the Daraa area there is a major shortage of medications and medical consumables. UOSSM responded to the shortage by distributing one month’s supply of medications and medical consumables to area hospitals in the amount of $25,500.
 UOSSM Launches Two Projects to Support Mental Health and Psycho Social Support (MHPSS) Centers 
UOSSM Launched two Projects to support Mental Health and Psycho Social Support Centers (MHPSS) with medications and medical consumables and the enablement of the emergency referral system in Aleppo.
UOSSM launched medical relief projects in partnership with Qatar Charity in Aleppo with two goals in mind:
  1. To provide medications and medical consumables (for trauma, critical and long term cases) to 12 hospitals and 8 Primary Health Care Centers for the length of six months.
  2. To strengthen the referral system and optimize emergency care by establishing an emergency center and the evacuation of severe emergency cases, by fully equipping five ambulances. The project also includes: medications, medical consumables, staff salaries, and other expenses such as food and fuel. The project will last for six months.
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.
Through the end of August BHH provided services to a total of 38,984 patients. Among the services provided, there was a total of 6063 visits to outpatient clinics, 554 emergency surgical operations, 997 patients had echocardiograms, 858 had specialized surgical operations, among many other services. 2319 patients visited the emergency room, and 6136 patients had lab work. 
The  UOSSM Medical Training and Educational  Center in Bab al Hawa offered and hosted several training courses in September to enable and strengthen health care professionals in Syria and nearby countries. 
"Management of Developmental Programs" is part of a series of courses to strengthen the Health Directorates and Health Care Centers, in UOSSM's Bab Al-Hawa Medical Training and Educational Center.
Preparing the classrooms for training courses is part of the process at UOSSM Medical Training and Educational Center
UOSSM Opens First Mental Health and Phsycho Social Support (MHPSS) Center in Gaziantep, Turkey
UOSSM opened the first MHPSS center in Gaziantep, Turkey in the beginning of September. The center started providing services to Syrians in the area and is in partnership with Relief International and ECHO.

The center was opened because of the high demand for mental health care by many Syrians that are suffering from many mental health illnesses inside Syria and Turkey. The center provides a variety of free services including consultations and rehabilitation and is supervised by medical doctors. Medications required for treatment are also provided.
Mobile Clinics
 UOSSM Opens Three Primary Health Care Clinics in Southern Syria 
In the beginning of the month of September UOSSM opened three mobile Primary Health Care Centers (PHC’s) in Daraa, southern Syria. The clinics provide many services including: outpatient clinics, reproductive health care, malnutrition services, psycho social support, and mental health care.
UOSSM's nine PHC's continue to provide medical health care services throughout Syria. 
Aleppo Center- Primary Health Care Center
Despite the hardships, the death, the destruction, and the complete struggle for life, the PHC-Aleppo Center  and its  dedicated staff continue to provide health care to those who need it. Our workers risk their lives every day to help others, and will continue to do so as long as the need exists. 
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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