The humanitarian situation in northwest Syria remains dire. Since the latest escalation of violence began on April 26th, 2019, at least 600,000 civilians have been displaced, many of whom have already been forced to relocate multiple times. Over 1,000 civilians have been killed, many of whom were women and children....
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 - 2018 Impact
- Total Medical Services Provided 2,674,000
- Total Number of Beneficiaries 1,376,977
- Medical Workers Supported 2,700
- Major Surgeries Performed 125,982
- Babies Delivered 27,550
Jordan - 2018 Impact
- Medical Services Provided 85,777
- Medical Missions Beneficiaries 37,766
- MH & Psychosocial Beneficiaries 11,262
- Major surgeries Performed 601
Lebanon - 2018 Impact
- Medical Services Provided 219,685
- Beneficiaries 145,205
- MH & Psychosocial Services Provided 13,469
- Diabetes Services Provided 45,798
Turkey - 2018 Impact
- Medical Services Provided 16,165
- Containers Shipped to Syria 584
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Ten hours after giving birth to their son Ahmed at SAMS-supported Maternity & Children's Hospital in Al-Atareb, the family rushed back to the facility because they noticed the yellowing of their baby's skin and eyes. Upon their arrival to the hospital, our medical staff immediately conducted the necessary blood tests. In addition to suffering from neonatal jaundice, Ahmed was diagnosed with acute hemolysis and needed an emergency exchange transfusion. After that, Ahmed was placed in an incubator.
"I've treated a number of hemolysis cases among children, but Ahmed's case was exceptional. He responded to the treatment quickly," said Dr. A bdul Qader Al-Taan.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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!READ MORE
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.READ MORE
IN THE NEWS
Five Attacks on Hospitals, Ambulances in Northwest Syria. SAMS Appalled by Continued Attacks on Healthcare
For Immediate Release November 6, 2019 Washington, D.C. – At 1:15 am local time, airstrikes targeted Shinan Maternity Hospital near the city of Ariha. The hospital, operated by the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), sustained damage, and an ambulance belonging to the SAMS-supported Hama Ambulance System was...
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95 cents of every dollar donated went directly into our programs in 2018