December 2018

Happy New Year! We would like to welcome all of our new 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. Thank you for supporting UOSSM Canada, together we are "Saving Lives and Building Hope." 


UOSSM-Canada Invites Healthcare Professionals to Attend the Symposium on Global Healthcare

UOSSM friends, community members, and healthcare professionals are invited to attend the Symposium on Global Healthcare hosted by UOSSM-Canada, a leading registered charity in conflict settings. UOSSM is committed to advancing the science, and practice of humanitarian medical relief, by showcasing the latest research, technology, and practices in the field. To register, sign up here. We look forward to welcoming physicians of all specialties, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, aid workers, students and administrators for a specialized program consisting of:

Session 1

Penetrating wounds injuries - Acute management

Session 2

Complex wounds - Tips for management

Session 3

Obesity - Pathophysiology and management

Session 4

Bariatric surgery - Approaches and benefits
Session 5 Type 2 diabetes, new drugs for an old disease - Navigating an evidence-based treatment approach
Session 6

Post-traumatic stress disorder: Emotional challenges faced by children in conflict settings

Session 7

Real-time video consultation and use of telemedicine to support isolated care centres

UOSSM Works With Members of the Rohingya and Uyghur Community to Advocate for Human Rights In Toronto

On Human Rights Day (December 8), UOSSM Canada members met with leaders from the Rohingya and Uyghur communities in Toronto to advocate for human rights. The attendees discussed current challenges with the Rohingya in Bangladesh, including advocating against forced repatriation, the current situation in China including re-education camps” and the next steps that need to be taken for advocacy. 

UOSSM-Canada Participates in the Reviving Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention

UOSSM-Canada raised awareness about the plight of internally displaced people in Syria through their booth at the RIS Convention, which hosted over 10,000 attendees across North America from December 21-23. The booth showcased jarring facts such as the rate of displacement in Syria, 50 families per hour, as well as medical relief projects led by UOSSM to support them.


Torrential Rain Wreaks Havoc on #Forgotten Families (IDPs) in Northern Syria

Torrential rainfall wreaked havoc on the internally displaced in Idlib. On December 26, unusually heavy rainfall caused severe flash flooding in Northern Syria along the Turkish Border and in Northern Aleppo. Hundreds of tents were washed away in Atma, Dana, Sarmada and Qah in the Northern countryside of Idlib. The area is largely desert and valleys with poor drainage. The tents are canvas and fixed to the bare ground with dirt roads connecting them. Food, supplies and personal belongings were also destroyed. UOSSM has been on the ground providing medical relief to those affected by the flooding. You can donate to support our work here.


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UOSSM Celebrates International Day of Persons With Disabilities With Special Needs Children

On December 3, UOSSM Protection Teams celebrated International Day of Persons With Disabilities, by providing several fun group activities with special needs children.


UOSSM Participates in #16DaystoEndViolence Campaign

UOSSM participated in the #16DaystoEndViolence Campaign to help raise awareness and help bring an end to gender-based violence. UOSSM participated by providing awareness campaigns in UOSSM centers and on social media. The campaign was launched on November 25 and lasted for 16 days.


German Actress Laura Maack Visits UOSSM Centers Supporting the Smile Child Campaign 

On December 11, German actress Laura Maack visited the UOSSM Mental Health Care, and Physical Therapy Centers in Gaziantep as part of the #SmileChild campaign. The children in the centers shared painful stories and struggles of their lives with her. She also joined the children for fun activities. The main goal of the #SmileChild Campaign is to raise awareness about the suffering of children in wars.


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.


  • In 2017, UOSSM supported 18 primary health care centers and 13 mobile clinics
  • UOSSM Bab Al Hawa Hospital provided health care services to 250,000 patients in 2017
  • In 2017, 175,000 beneficiaries were provided with nutrition services focused on women and children
  • UOSSM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support provided care to 22,955 beneficiaries in 2017
  • UOSSM Protection services were provided to 75,564 in 2017


UOSSM Canada is a federally tax-exempt non-profit 149(1)(l) charitable Humanitarian organization. Registered charity no. 83614 3388 RR0001. All donations to UOSSM Canada are fully deductible from taxes to the greatest extent permitted by law.

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