January 6, 2021
Coping with Emotional and Psychological Distress: The story of Fatima
caroline.philhower

22-year-old Fatima* visited our Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Center in Gaziantep, Turkey suffering from chronic depression, characterized by intense feelings of hopelessness and other symptoms. “I am constantly worn out and my life is in disarray. Every day feels like I’m being suffocated and that everything is out...

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November 12, 2020
SAMS Deploys Mobile Clinics in Northwest Syria: Interview with Dr. Khaled
caroline.philhower

In northwest Syria, SAMS operates a number of mobile clinics that travel to IDP settlements to provide primary and specialized care to vulnerable individuals. Each mobile clinic includes a physician, a pharmacist, a midwife, a social worker, and a nutritionist. We recently caught up with Dr. Khaled Al-Omar, a SAMS ...

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October 23, 2020
Meet Dr. Molham Khalil, SAMS Oncologist in Idlib
caroline.philhower

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we caught up with Dr. Molham Khalil, one of our oncologists in Idlib. In this one-on-one interview, Dr. Khalil shares his story of perseverance and struggle to serve vulnerable populations in Syria, and offers insight on the importance of early detection of breast...

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October 9, 2020
One-on-One Interview with Dr. Al-Saleh, ICU Doctor in Idlib
caroline.philhower

Dr. Salah Al-Saleh is an anesthesiologist and ICU specialist in Idlib. He has been working with SAMS since 2015 when he first joined our team at Ma’arat Al-Numan Central Hospital. He remained there until the end of 2019, when the hospital was forced to close due to escalated bombardment. Dr....

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September 29, 2020
Meet Bshr: Recipient of SAMS Scholarship in Bosnia & Herzegovina
caroline.philhower

In 2016, SAMS launched a scholarship program to provide full scholarships to 12 Syrian medical students continuing their education in Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bshr Nammouz is one of the students receiving support from SAMS to resume his education at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology in Bosnia...

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July 1, 2020
My Experience Volunteering with SAMS in Jordan
caroline.philhower

As a doctor, I have trained to serve my fellow human beings. There have been few experiences that have touched me as much as volunteering on a medical mission to Jordan with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). As a dermatologist, I knew my services were needed. Refugees did not...

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June 29, 2020
Let’s Not Forget About Refugees in Times of Crisis
caroline.philhower

June 2020.  What a strange time. It has never been like this before. The world seems to be upside down. One year ago, I was preparing for another medical mission to Jordan with SAMS. Nobody at that time could have imagined what all we would experience over the last few...

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June 25, 2020
My Experience Working with Refugees: They Taught Me to be Human
caroline.philhower

I started off as an assistant to surgery at the highest ranking hospital in Jordan. The next day, I was a dental assistant. The following day, I assisted a doctor in carrying medical supplies to her car. As an interpreter and translator for SAMS’ humanitarian medical missions, I was never...

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June 18, 2020
Why I Keep Going Back to Jordan on Medical Missions
caroline.philhower

The Syrian crisis is so overwhelmingly large, so unfortunately universal throughout the history of mankind, yet so personal. Witnessing refugee life in Jordan was unimaginable to me, in a setting so distant, yet so strangely familiar once I realized that families are families, dreams are dreams, and that we are...

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