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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June 19, 2019
A Privilege to Serve
caroline.philhower

There have been a lot of conversations around refugees, everywhere in the world. We’ve heard heated debates and discussions with a sense of panic. These rhetoric have been based on fearmongering, fueled with xenophobic ideas and social profiling. Let’s all “change places“ and put ourselves in the situation of refugees,...

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February 14, 2019
Women’s Health Services Lacking for Syrian Refugees
caroline.philhower

While many emergency and humanitarian services look to provide primary care for refugees, very few include aspects essential to women’s health. Conflicts often disrupt access to essential services, and prolonged emergencies further weaken a country’s health system. In times of conflict, women disproportionately suffer the effects of disrupted health systems,...

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