The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Foundation is a global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, in neighboring countries, and beyond to save lives and alleviate suffering. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.

Our impact in

Syria - 2017 Impact

  • Total Medical Services Provided 3,251,639
  • Total Number of Beneficiaries 2,074,460
  • Medical Workers Supported 3,072
  • Trauma Surgeries Performed 640,908
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Jordan - 2017 Impact

  • Medical Services Provided 17,578
  • Medical Missions Beneficiaries 15,255
  • MH & Psychosocial Beneficiaries 6,928
  • Open Heart & Cardiology surgeries Performed 233
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Lebanon - 2017 Impact

  • Medical Services Provided 215,425
  • Dental Services Provided 16,799
  • MH & Psychosocial Services Provided 6,735
  • Rehabilitation Services Provided 18,664
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Turkey - 2017 Impact

  • Medical Services Provided 45,731
  • Containers Shipped to Syria 172
  • Dental Services Provided 35,480
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Greece - 2017 Impact

  • Medical Services Provided 10,891
  • Number of Volunteers 111
  • Number of Clinics Supported 4
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UPCOMING EVENTS

SAMS Medical Mission to Jordan

Amman, Mafraq, Irbid Jordan 10/26/2018 - 11/02/2018 LEARN MORE

Tri-State Chapter’s Annual Fall Gala

New Jersey Valley Regency Gemma Ballroom, 1129 Valley Road, Clifton NJ 10/27/2018 LEARN MORE

Tri-State Chapter’s Annual Fall Gala

New Jersey Valley Regency Gemma Ballroom 1129 Valley Road, Clifton 10/27/2018 LEARN MORE

Interventional Cardiology Mission to Egypt

Cairo Egypt 11/17/2018 - 11/22/2018 LEARN MORE
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STORIES FROM THE FIELD

During our medical mission to Jordan in April 2018, New Jersey-based doctors Fares and Salem Samra met three-month-old Iyas. Iyas, who was born with a cleft lip, underwent surgery to correct this congenital condition. After a successful hour long procedure, we reunited the tiny patient with his parents. This is the third medical mission for the Samra brothers, whose roots are in Syria. "Meeting 6-month-old Iyas, and providing reconstructive surgery for his cleft lip, was undoubtedly a highlight for my brother, Dr. Salem Samra, and I," said Dr. Fares Samra.

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Dia, 6, was one of our young patients in East Ghouta. Dia was injured in an airstrike attack on his home in the besieged area. Sadly, his mother was killed in the attack, and his sister was badly wounded. Dia suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed his lower limbs. He continues to undergo physiotherapy at a specialized SAMS-supported facility in East Ghouta. Despite the dire situation in East Ghouta, Dia's resilience and determination to get better was inspiring. Thanks to SAMS medical workers at our physical rehabilitation center in East Ghouta, Dia received the care he needed, and our staff sawa significant improvement in his mobility.

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A pregnant patient recently arrived at a SAMS-supported medical center in Daraa, experiencing early labor. SAMS medical workers responded immediately, performing tests that revealed that she was expecting triplets. She received an emergency c-section, and we're happy to report that she now has three healthy babies. The young patients stayed in the hospital for a few days under careful observation, and they were able to leave with their mother, all in good health. In 2017, SAMS staff in Syria and beyond delivered over 43,500 babies, and provided 469,598 reproductive care services, with 450,934 in Syria alone.

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Five-month-old Rukaya recently came to a SAMS-supported hospital in Idlib in critical condition. After performing several tests, doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia. They acted immediately, opening up her airways and providing oxygen, keeping her under close observation. Rukaya was admitted to the intensive care unit, and provided with 24/7 medical care. After five days in the hospital under intensive care, we are relieved to share that she was discharged from the hospital in excellent condition. Thank you to our tireless medical staff in Syria for dedicating so much to their patients!

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During a SAMS medical mission in July of 2017, medical volunteers met many displaced Syrians struggling with the lingering effects of the crisis. Hadeel, 12, was one of these individuals. Hadeel lives in Al-Zaatari Camp, home to 80,000 refugees. There, she met Vickey Patel, physical therapist, and Lydia Palmer, occupational therapist, volunteering with SAMS. Hadeel was in her home in Syria when an airstrike caused the building to collapse and crumble on top of her. She survived four hours buried under the rubble, but was left with a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, and was in a coma for nearly a month. During the medical mission, Patel and Palmer worked with her to address the injuries, with Patel focusing on her legs and brain stem, and Dr. Palmer focusing on her arms, hands, and brain stem. Hopefully this is only the beginning of Hadeel's recovery.

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IN THE NEWS

Blog
October 19, 2018
Impacts of Attacks on Healthcare in Syria
caroline.philhower

Attacks on medical facilities are a violation of international humanitarian law. Unfortunately, that has not deterred armed forces from systematically and deliberately attacking health centers in Syria. Between 2011 and 2017, there were 492 attacks on healthcare in Syria, killing 847 medical personnel. From January to July, 2018, another 119...

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October 5, 2018
Chronic Care Services for Syrian Refugees
caroline.philhower

Chronic care is beyond the capacity of many nonprofit health organizations, as well as UNHCR, due to high costs and limited funding. Most organizations are limited to providing basic primary care for Syrian refugees. However, 83% of Syrian refugee households in Lebanon report at least one family member is living...

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August 29, 2018
SAMS Volunteer Dr. Abisaab Shares Her Experience (Part II)
caroline.philhower

In the informal settlements in Akkar, near the Syria-Lebanon border, the atmosphere was entirely different than our clinic in Tripoli. Although the work conditions were harder with the scorching sun and dusty air, the ebullient spirit of the children brought joy and much needed lightness. They often greeted us playfully,...

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FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

94 cents of every dollar donated went directly into our programs in 2017

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