March 2016


March was a busy month for UOSSM, we have had many activities and accomplishments.

UOSSM-Canada Journal March 2016


First HPIC Shipment Reaches Bab Al Hawa Hospital 

UOSSM-Canada recently partnered with HPIC, Health Partners International of Canada, to send regular shipments of the most needed medications to Syria. It is with great pleasure that we announce that the first shipment arrived at Bab Al Hawa hospital in March.  Here's how this project works: UOSSM’s staff on the ground in Syria send us their monthly medicine needs list. With the help our partners at HPIC, we work to build and send these shipment of the most needed medications. 


Ahmad's Story: Hope in the Face of Adversity

At only 10 years of age, Ahmad has already lived through obstacles and danger that very few people live in their lifetime. Despite losing his elder brother five months ago to an airstrike, and despite  living in the torn city of Allepo under constant missile fire, Ahmad’s smile has never left his face. His words have always been optimistic and the strength he possesses is unrivalled – even after falling victim to an explosion that lodged a sharpnell across his back. 

When Ahmad’s brother, Ismail, passed, Ahmad left school to help support his family and began working at a printing house. The morning of Feb. 27 – three months after starting his job— Ahmad noticed the sound of warplanes was unusually loud, he quickly hid under a table, and moments later he heard a large explosion coming from across the street. He recalls shrapnel and fragments were flying all over, and ultimately a piece of shrapnel lodged itself in Ahmad’s lower back. 

Paramedics quickly transferred the10 year-old to Bab al Hawa hospital’s pediatric unit, where he received proper care and has had several successful surgeries to treat his injury.  Ahmad is on the road to recovery and although there is still a long way to go, he remains optimistic and hopeful and his smile continues to light up the rooms of Bab al Hawa hospital.

UOSSM Projects: Empowering Kids

UOSSM is supporting a program at its Maaret Alnoumaan Centre that is training teachers on utilizing different tools and techniques to assist and empower kids with special needs. The program is focusing on objectives such as cognitive training to advance kids’ self-esteem when it comes to their body image; independence training, which helps kids identify essentials of daily living, like kitchen utensils; as well as teaching kids how to differentiate between colors.

UOSSM Projects: Using Theater as a Means of Psychological Intervention

In collaboration with REO & International Humanitarian Relief, UOSSM's Adan training center hosted a series of workshops focusing on improvisational psychological interventions to treat affected families in Lebanon. The course featured training involving improv theatre as a means of expression.

Trauma Training for Medical Professionals 

During the month of March, UOSSM trained medical professionals on how to treat patients who have succumbed to casualties caused by explosions. The program, dubbed Emergency Management of the Wounded in Times of War, is especially important due to the increasingly dangerous conditions in the region. 

Did you know....

The blood bank at UOSSM's Bab al Hawa Hospital is considered the leading blood bank in the northern region, not only does it supply units of blood to BHH, but it is also able to supply other hospitals in the region if needed. 

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