April 2018


UOSSM Canada Newsletter - April 2018

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UOSSM-Canada Develops Project Plan for Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC) ProjectUnder its Research and Innovation priority, UOSSM-Canada has worked throughout the month of April with Engineer, Hisham Al-Shaer, to develop a project plan for the Vacuum Assisted Closure therapy project. Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) therapy is an innovative medical surgical procedure which uses a vacuum-assisted drainage mechanism to accelerate wound healing and facilitate a patient’s recovery. UOSSM-Canada has conducted efforts to source and develop VAC mechanisms to be used in UOSSM-run hospitals. 

Rohingya Advocacy Efforts Facilitated by UOSSM-Canada Board Member 

UOSSM-Canada board member Aliya Khan has taken the lead in the chapter’s efforts to raise attention to the plight of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. In the coming weeks, UOSSM-Canada will meet with Canadian MP’s Pam Damoff, Omar Alghabara, Shaun Chen, Michael Levitt, and Philomena Tasi to discuss UOSSM’s medical relief efforts in Burma, in light of the volatile crisis in the region. 

UOSSM Director, Dr.Ghanem Tayara: Doctors Responsible for Treating Patients ‘subjected to extreme intimidation’ following Douma attack

Dr.Ghanem Tayara, the director of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM) said medics responsible for treating patients following a suspected gas attack in Douma on April 7, have been subjected to "extreme intimidation" by the Syrian regime. In the face of this adversity, UOSSM reaffirms its commitment to providing medical care to patients irrespective of  nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, or political affiliation. 
UOSSM and Idlib Health Directorate Sign Agreement
On April 16, UOSSM met with members of the Idlib Health Directorate in Gaziantep and signed the following four memorandums:
1.  Establish a system to handle medical waste by building a medical waste incinerator and supporting its operation.
2.  Prevent duplication of services by the Areeha Referral Network and create coordination between all medical facilities in the area.
3.  Monitor and control pharmaceuticals in partnership with all those involved and in accordance with regulatory policies and procedures set by the coordination body .
4.  Establish an educational centre to train medical professionals on reproductive health. Training will be in the Idlib Health Directorate Training Center in partnership with the Syrian Board on Medical Specialties (SBOMS). Clinical training will be provided in the Areeha Birthing Center.

UOSSM Hosts Children’s Day Celebration
UOSSM hosted a celebration for a group of Syrian and Turkish children in schools and orphanages on Children’s Day. There were several activities for the children on this day. Gaziantep officials along with the Turkish Red Crescent, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and Relief International all participated on that special day.

UOSSM Holds Malnutrition Awareness Campaigns in Southern Syria
UOSSM, with the support of UNICEF, held a campaign to raise awareness about malnutrition in children for pregnant and nursing mothers. UOSSM aims to continue providing nutrition services and malnutrition care to end malnutrition in UOSSM centers in Alsawra, Hamer, and neighboring areas via mobile clinics in Daraa.

UOSSM Centre in Quneitra Creates Social Committees Initiative
Due to the large numbers of internally displaced families in Quneitra, the UOSSM Alsawaysa Centre voluntarily developed a social committees initiative in schools to support this disadvantaged group. The object of these committees is to keep track of incoming and outgoing families to equally distribute aid and to provide services needed in the area including child protection services, first aid training, and gender-based violence services, among others. Training will begin at the centre in May.

UOSSM Provides Mental Health Support and Awareness Sessions in Southern Syria
UOSSM began providing mental health support and awareness sessions in UOSSM centres in southern Syria in Naba Alsakhar, Alswaysa, Alhirak, and Zayzoun in Daraa. The sessions will be provided to vulnerable individuals within targeted communities to provide specialized protection and psychological support services for those who need it.

UOSSM-Canada to Host Donor Appreciation (Iftar) Dinner on June 1st, 2018
Please mark your calendars and save the date to learn more about our medical teams' efforts to help Syrian and Rohingya refugees!

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