UOSSM has been distributing $8,000,000 worth of medical consumables to more than 120 field hospitals and 200 medical points across Syria. UOSSM covers more than 65% of the overall need for medical consumables in northern Syrian.
UOSSM operates two hospitals and 14 field hospitals in Syria:
Bab Al Hawa Hospital is the largest referral hospital in northern Syria. It conducts an average of 600 operations per month and accounts for about 13% of the total number of operations in the region.
The hospital contains a broad spectrum of specialities such as orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, vascular health, general surgery, ophthalmic surgery, maxillofacial, pediatric surgery, E.N.T Surgery and Colonoscopy. In August 2015, Bab Al Hawa received more than 13,000 visits and 1,500 admissions.
Al Bernas Hospital: The hospital, located in the Latakia countryside in northern Syria, started operating at the end of 2014. Along with general surgery, it provides obstetric/ gynaecological and pediatric services. It provides medical care to more than 25,000 females and delivers an average of 145 babies on a monthly basis. The hospital has provided care to 37,813 patients and the maternity ward has had over 2430 natural births and 1200 caesarean births.
In December 2015, the hospital was targeted by five missiles, two of which directly hit the hospital, forcing it to shut down for a period of time.
UOSSM operates three rehabilitation centres:
1) Sarmada Centre, located in northern, rural Idlib, was established at the end of 2014. Under UOSSM’s management and supervision, it provides care and follow-up treatment to wounded patients until their recovery. The centre also conducts minor surgeries, wound care, suturing, and first aid for the wounded and injured. Moreover, Sarmada Centre has departments for physiotherapy and mental health treatment.
There are a total of five patient rooms where patients receive three meals a day. In 2015, there were 1516 patients of various ages and 1500 people receiving physiotherapy.
2) Dar Al Karama Centre is located in the Deraa suburb and is equipped with 71 beds. It provides medical care services to an average of 1950 beneficiaries per month.
3) The Syrian Medical Centre (SMC) provides medical and complementary healthcare services to more than 130,000 Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, Turkey. It consists of several departments such as in-patient wards, outpatient clinics, physiotherapy, wound care, radiology, and cardiac-echography (equipped with modern digital X-ray). It also contains an office for documenting human rights violations.
The centre provides free services through the following clinics: obstetric/ gynaecological, orthopaedic, cardiac, pediatric, general medicine, and psychological clinics. Additionally, there are laboratory, pharmacy, physiotherapy, wound care, and radiology services.
In 2015, the centre treated 50,335 patients and provided 104,347 medical services.
Equipping and renovating hospitals that were damaged in attacks throughout the war ensures the continuation of medical services despite the collapsing medical system.
The endless war in Syria and its constant targeting of hospitals motivated UOSSM to rebuild and renovate damaged buildings and provide hospitals and medical points with fuel to enable their continued operation. Fuel can be a scarce commodity in besieged areas to its high cost and scarce availability.
For three months, 22 hospitals and three medical points received this aid. A similar aid project also took place in Eastern Ghouta.
The response to the internally displaced and wounded in Aleppo is one of the worst human disasters of our time.
The recent violence in rural Aleppo and the changing events in controlled areas has led to a huge internal displacement of Syrian citizens in the area. UOSSM, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Aleppo’s Health Director, provided 10 evacuation vehicles, 10 ambulances, and supported six emergency response units by completely covering their cost of operation. This project provides emergency response services to more than 25 villages in rural Aleppo.
The Emergency Funds Project was established to ensure that hospitals are able to continue their operations and that stalled projects can resume.
The fund helps:
- Partially support projects with other organizations
- Contribute to rebuilding hospitals damaged by airstrikes and missiles
- Rebuild the ambulatory systems and provide operational costs, especially in besieged areas where they are on the verge of shutting down due to a lack of funding
- Cover salaries of medical staff in besieged areas
- Fund projects that may have been stalled for many months
- Fund families of staff that were wounded in the line of fire