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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January 8, 2020
SAMS’ Psychosocial Support in Jordan
caroline.philhower

A key component of SAMS’ psychosocial support (PSS) programming is its educational workshops, which raise public awareness on a variety of mental health issues and how they intersect with social and interpersonal dynamics within a community. For many beneficiaries who attend these programs, what they learn can help them to...

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December 11, 2019
16 Days of Activism against GBV
caroline.philhower

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an annual international campaign to raise public awareness and call for the prevention and elimination of all forms of GBV. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape.” As part of this joint...

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November 27, 2019
SAMS’ Psychosocial Support Impact in Jordan
caroline.philhower

One of the main challenges in psychosocial support provision and increasing its access among refugee populations is the ability to seek out cases that require special care and attention. In a recent field survey we conducted in Jordan, we discovered a number of cases located in areas that are difficult...

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November 15, 2019
She finally became a mother, just as she lost her husband.
caroline.philhower

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....

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June 19, 2019
My Experience Providing Care in Refugee Camps
caroline.philhower

I stood in clinic examining an 8 year old boy with bacterial tonsillitis. My focus was on the back of his throat when I heard the desperate screams emerge from the waiting room. I tried to ignore them at first.  But they were piercing shrieks and they weren’t going to...

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