UOSSM released the UOSSM Syrian Hospital Report which is the most comprehensive of its kind.
Key Findings of the Syrian Hospitals Surveillance Report:
• All 107 hospitals examined in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hammah, Daraa, Quneitra, and Homs were hit at least once by a direct airstrike. Some hospitals were struck as many as 25 times. On average each hospital was attacked three times in 2016.
• Three-quarters of the hospitals surveyed were located in buildings not designed to house medical facilities and were in fact makeshift hospitals, ill-equipped to provide the needed medical care. Four were dug in caves.
• More than half of all hospitals’ staff had no training to prepare for or respond to airstrikes, or chemical weapons; and one third of hospital staff had no experience in occupational safety or risk management.
• There is an alarming scarcity of medical specialties like vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery, and the relevant equipment needed. Certain specialities' manpower, such as general surgeons, was down by 25% from the year before.
• As a result of this data, UOSSM for the first time concludes that new measures are urgently needed to protect hospitals and medical workers from aerial attacks."
Please click here to read the full report.
UOSSM announced in the Annual Medical Conference in Gaziantep, the acquisition of the ISO 9001 Certification, in the presence of Turkish government officials, and representatives of UOSSM member organizations.
ISO 9001 Is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. Despite the global importance and prestige of the ISO Certification, that was not the goal of UOSSM . The goal of the ISO Certification was to raise UOSSM’s standards and to provide the best quality care, following the international standards of excellence to all UOSSM beneficiaries.
Every time the organization grows, staff responsibilities grow as well. For this reason, a strategic plan, in sync with all rules and regulations to ensure quality assurance of all services is utterly important.
In 2014, two years after the establishment of UOSSM, the UOSSM staff in Syria and Turkey attended the first training workshop about the importance of ISO standards implementation. It was then that UOSSM made the decision to acquire the ISO 9001 certification.
ISO standards are implemented worldwide to unify standards, with the goal of improving quality production of services by organizations. The process of acquiring this certification involves overseeing all projects and activities, with detailed records, in all departments of the organization.
UOSSM is so proud of this accomplishment which will indeed help us to save lives, and build hope, with the highest quality standards.
Another hospital was put out of service in Idlib early this morning, damaging it and putting it out of service. The Kafr Takhareem Surgical Hospital provided services to over 100,000 and provided 1300 consultations, 105 major surgeries and 18 war-related trauma cases per month. This is the sixth hospital to be attacked in Idlib in the month of April.Read more
A six year old girl was killed in the hospital where she was scheduled to have an operation in her abdomen. Initial reports showed that little Sema was recovering from surgery, but the young girl was actually getting anesthesia for her surgery at the time the hospital was attacked killing her and her two parents who were accompanying her.
Two others were killed in the attack, and two nurses were wounded. One nurse is in serious condition with a spinal injury.
This attack left thousands in the southern suburbs of Idlib without any access to hospitals, as this was the sixth and last hospital in the area that was attacked and put out of service.
UOSSM largest hospital in northern region treated 114 victims of the explosion at the Al Rashideen evacuation point. The explosion killed 126 including over 50 children and wounded 273. Five of the children died from their injuries. The transferred patients included over 20 children and 53 women. UOSSM is working relentlessly to save the lives of the victims of these attacks.Read more
A five day old baby died Friday, April 7 after exposure to a chemical agent ( suspected chlorine) on Monday, April 3, in Habeet, Idlib. The father of the baby was killed five months earlier and the baby's mother made the decision to move to that area in search of a sense of security and safety. Unfortunately that was not the case, as the baby, only a few days old, was exposed to a chemical agent from an attack in the area. The tiny body of the baby fought to stay alive, but after a few days the baby could not fight anymore, succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the very tender age of five days old.
The chemical attack on April 4, killed over 100 and injured at least 750 according to reports from the Idlib Health Directorate and area hospitals. Many patients remain in critical condition.
Due to the fact that many hospitals were put out of service from previous attacks, and no access to medications and equipment to treat an attack of this magnitude many of these victims could have been saved.
Symptoms victims experienced include: asphyxiation, foaming at the mouth, severe breathing difficulties, and non-reactive pupils, which are all consistent with a chemical weapon.
Dr. Ali Ahmad Darwish was killed today in the line of duty. While operating on a patient as the Latamneh Hospital was attacked with a chemical agent. Dr. Darwish refused to abandon his operation until he succumbed to the fumes that took his life. Dr. Darwish gave his life to help others, just as so many other doctors in Syria. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dr. Darwish. #NotATarget #SaveSyria#Syria
UOSSM received an award from the World Health Organization (WHO) for the efforts in the Aleppo medical evacuation.
The evacuation efforts would not have been a success without the hard work and dedication of 195 UOSSM staff and volunteers.
This ten year old boy lost both of his legs as he was caught in the crossfire of indiscriminate attacks. The young boy lost his mother, his sister and both of his legs in the attack, but miraculously survived. UOSSM helped coordinate efforts with hospitals inside Turkey to transport him to receive the emergency care he needed. The pictures show him after he woke up from surgery.