December 2017


Dear Friends,

2017 was a very busy year for UOSSM Canada. We continued to raise support for healthcare in Syria, launched powerful advocacy campaigns about healthcare attacks and atrocities, and began relief work for the Rohingya refugees. This work would not be possible without your very generous support. Thank you!!

UOSSM International Operations Summary:
  • 2,000+ staff Inside Syria.
  • Ran approximately $25 M in programs (Hospitals & Trauma, Mental Health, PHCs, Training, Research) in 2017.
  • UOSSM Supports 120 Hospitals, over 200 medical points, operated 25 ambulances and 6 emergency units. 
  • UOSSM PHC's and mobile clinics served 1,259,113 beneficiaries in 2017 and over 3.5 M beneficiaries since 2012. 
  • UOSSM served 30,000 mental health beneficiaries in Syria and Turkey in 2017.
  • UOSSM's Bab Al Hawa Hospital, the largest in Northern Syria, provided over 17,000 surgeries and served 72,000 beneficiaries in 2017.
  • Since 2012, more than 16,000 medical and psychological staff have been trained (30% women). 
UOSSM Canada AGM 2017 In Toronto
UOSSM Canada held their annual general meeting on December 17 in Toronto. The event was attended by the medical community, press, government officials and the NGO community. Keynote speaker Talal Kanaan, Director of the UOSSM Syria Solar project, gave a powerful speech on solar's impact in Syria.   
UOSSM Stands In #SolidarityWithKarim
UOSSM joined the #SolidarityWithKarim campaign, which went viral as people all over the world took selfies covering their left eye supporting Karim. The two-month-old baby, Karim Abdel Rahman, lost his left eye on October 29, 2017, when he and his mother came under an artillery attack in a popular market in Hammuriah, Eastern Ghouta.
Ghouta Medical Fact Sheet:
  • 600+ people are currently in critical condition and require immediate medical intervention outside Ghouta. 
  • Since the beginning of the conflict, 50,000 people have been injured, 5,000 of whom will be left behind for life and another 18,000 killed. 
  • 40 health centers and several hospitals are completely destroyed. 
  • There is a shortage of vaccines for tuberculosis, measles and other basic vaccines.
  • 25% of children are not vaccinated against measles, a highly contagious disease. 
  • Staff and medical equipment are too few: the region is desperately short of paramedic and tools of anesthesia and surgery. 
UOSSM At The RIS 2017 Conference
UOSSM Canada volunteers staffed a booth at the Reviving The Islamic Spirit Conference in Toronto from December 22 to 24. The event was attended by over 20,000 people and UOSSM form many valuable contacts with the community.
UOSSM Heads to Bangladesh 
Since August 2017, approximately 600,000 Rohingya women, men, and children have fled to Bangladesh to flee the violence in Myanmar. Given the scale of the humanitarian and health disaster,  UOSSM sent doctors for a medical mission to Cox Bazar from November 18 to 22.
Making a Visit to Halifax 
On October 7th, UOSSM Canada held it's very first Halifax Chapter Meeting. 
UOSSM Meets With The Canadian Government
In December and throughout the year, UOSSM has been working with MPs and Global Affairs Canada to brief them on situation inside Syria and steps the Canadian government can take to aid the Syrian people. 
UOSSM Canada Sends 2 Medical Aid Containers To Syria In 2017
UOSSM Launches #DoctorsInDanger
Our petition to end the targeting of hospitals and medics in Syria is doing well. In total, over 160,000 people have signed, however, we have yet to reach our goal of  200,000. Let's make it happen!

If you haven't signed yet please do so, and if you have spread the message with #DoctorsInDanger. Share the petition link below on all your social media channels, and let's end this crime against humanity. 
UOSSM Launches #CodeBlue
On March 6, UOSSM held the #CodeBlue panel discussion  with experts from MSF, World Vision, the Canadian Red Cross, and Islamic Relief to discuss attacks on hospitals in Syria and other conflict zones. 
UOSSM Launches Syria Solar, Free Energy For Syrian Hospitals
UOSSM installed 480 solar photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 127 kWp DC power, 288 batteries capable of storing 720kWh of power. The project saves over 7,000 liters of diesel per month. This amounts to approximately 20-30% of the monthly energy cost of the hospital. The system can fully power the ICU, operating rooms and emergency departments during diesel outages.

More Information:
UOSSM, Union of Relief Organizations and Medical Care is a Canadian and international medical humanitarian organization whose mission is to provide relief and medical care to the populations affected by the conflict in Syria, without any consideration for their nationality, their ethnic origin their sex, religion or political affiliation. 

Created in 2012, the UOSSM has deployed its action around five major programs in Syria to support and support the medical staff, the victims of the conflict and the sick on a daily basis:
  • Hospitals and trauma,
  • Primary health centers,
  • Mental Health & Psychosocial Support
  • Training of medical staff
  • Medical research.
UOSSM now supports more than 120 hospitals and more than 200 health centers throughout Syria.

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