When the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011, SAMS expanded its capacity significantly to meet the growing needs and challenges of the medical crisis. SAMS has since supported healthcare throughout Syria, sponsoring field hospitals and ambulances, training and paying the salaries of Syrian medical personnel risking their lives to save others, and sending lifesaving humanitarian aid and medical equipment to where it is needed most. SAMS also supports Syrian refugees in neighboring countries with critical psychosocial support, medical care, physical therapy programs, and more. SAMS currently operates in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Bangladesh, and Egypt.
In 2016, in response to the mass influx of refugees on the shores of Europe, SAMS launched SAMS Global Response (SGR) in Greece with the aim of providing medical relief to vulnerable populations affected by crises. Since then SGR expanded its operations to Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, and Haiti and more to provide quality medical care to vulnerable populations.
Learn more about our impact in our 2018 Annual Report
SAMS organizes and facilitates medical missions to allow physicians, SAMS members, medical students, and volunteers to participate in medical and surgical missions throughout the year. Medical professionals travel to the region to support ongoing medical relief programs and provide healthcare to Syrians living in refugee camps and in urban areas across Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. In 2018, SAMS led more than 22 medical missions, bringing together over 520 volunteers from around the world whom provided nearly 330,000 medical services. To learn more about our upcoming medical missions and how to join, please visit us here.
Medical Services Provided:
In the different countries where we operate, SAMS provides primary and specialized medical care, including trauma, psychosocial, dental, OBGYN, dialysis, physical rehab, and more.
As new developments unfold and the situation on the ground is rapidly changing in Syria, SAMS has developed a robust mechanism to promptly and effectively respond to crises and ensure that our patients continue to have access to the dignified care they need and deserve.
Aid & Equipment Delivery
SAMS supports medical facilities in Syria through the delivery of medical supplies and equipment. Using a network of warehouses in Syria and the region, SAMS is able to keep facilities stocked and ready to provide life-saving support.
Access to dialysis treatment is critical for patients suffering from chronic illnesses. SAMS supports dialysis centers to allow patients regular access to life-saving care.
Dental care can be difficult to find in a conflict setting. SAMS proudly provides dental care to adults and children of all ages.
Healthcare Professional Support
SAMS provides medical personnel and health workers with salaries, allowing them to continue practicing medicine in Syria and support themselves and their families.
Lab & Imaging Services
SAMS supports many facilities with the machines necessary to take X-rays, perform ultrasounds, and take cardiac echocardiograms.
Intensive Care Units & Trauma Care
SAMS supports trauma facilities that provide emergency care, providing critical machinery such as ventilators, monitors, defibrillators, IV pumps, and other essential consumables. Intensive Care Units (ICUs) provide patients with access to postoperative and long-term care for comprehensive recovery process.
Labs & Blood Banks
SAMS supports labs and blood banks to allow physicians to draw, test, and store blood to better support the constant flow of procedures in the field.
Medical Education & Training
To address the gaps in healthcare provision left by shortages of medical staff, SAMS established and supports educational programs focused on training medical personnel and providing the skills needed to save lives.
SAMS support mobile clinics that clinics are able to address diverse cases and needs in different areas of the country, particularly rural areas that have seen high population increases due to internal displacement.
Due to the lack of healthcare options available, pregnancy and childbirth have particular added challenges. SAMS supports OBGYN clinics that offer multilayered treatment including OBGYN care, neonatal care, pediatrics, and more.
Many Syrians are coping with life after serious injury or loss of limbs. SAMS support physical rehabilitation centers to support healing and recovery for war-wounded Syrian men, women, and children.
SAMS supports primary healthcare services to provide basic general healthcare services for local populations as well as treatment for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
SAMS supports psychosocial programming that facilitates therapeutic healing strategies and mental wellbeing. Programs use group and individual counseling sessions as well as art and play therapy for children.
Reconstruction & Underground Facilities
SAMS has invested in the reconstruction and transfer of standard medical facilities to underground structures—in basements, fortified structures, and even caves.
SAMS supports multiple clinics and programs in Syria that provide specialized care. These facilities bring unique treatment to Syrian civilians in need. Specialty services include gastrointestinal endoscopy services, ophthalmology clinics, cardiac catheter labs, and more.
SAMS is spearheading innovative telemedicine strategies to use the skills of physicians in the United States and abroad to assist and support doctors inside of Syria. Medical personnel connect through the use of video cameras, Skype, and satellite internet to consult, advise, and support local personnel.