July 25, 2019
Humanitarian Situation in Northwest Syria
caroline.philhower

Currently, more than 3 million civilians are under threat in northwest Syria, nearly half of whom are children. Doctors and humanitarian workers perform their duties under constant threat of targeting, while also lacking the necessary supplies and resources. Since April 26, more than 700 civilians have been killed, including 175...

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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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January 29, 2019
Providing Reproductive Health Services During Crisis and Displacement
caroline.philhower

Women and children are the most affected demographic in any crisis and often experience the brunt of poor health outcomes. Gender-based violence, early marriage, poor maternal care, and lack of access to reproductive health services affect millions of women caught in conflict.  Reproductive health includes a broad range of topics...

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December 14, 2018
SAMS Missions to Jordan Provide Hope and Healing
caroline.philhower

“All I hope for is to recover and go back to my home and my children, to care for them until they grow up and be able to look after themselves.” Anwar Mohammed Aqla, 28, a Syrian refugee from Dara’a, currently lives in Al-Za’atari Refugee Camp with her husband and...

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December 14, 2018
Humanitarian Funding Gaps and Impacts
caroline.philhower

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 13 million people inside Syria are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The ever-growing needs, combined with the protracted nature of the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis, have led to significant gaps in funding for...

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December 6, 2018
Psychosocial Impacts and Care for Syrian Refugees
caroline.philhower

The psychosocial impacts of being a refugee are so widespread, they have reached epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, however, mental health for Syrians and other refugees still fails to receive the same recognition or aid that physical epidemics, such as viral diseases, do. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is dedicated to...

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November 9, 2018
Challenges Facing Refugee Dialysis Patients in Lebanon
caroline.philhower

Haneen is a 12-year-old patient at a SAMS-supported dialysis center in Lebanon. Her journey started 6 months ago when high blood pressure led to the failure of one of her kidneys. While other youth her age are returning to school, Haneen must undergo dialysis treatment twice a week. Haneen is...

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October 19, 2018
Impacts of Attacks on Healthcare in Syria
caroline.philhower

Attacks on medical facilities are a violation of international humanitarian law. Unfortunately, that has not deterred armed forces from systematically and deliberately attacking health centers in Syria. Between 2011 and 2017, there were 492 attacks on healthcare in Syria, killing 847 medical personnel. From January to July, 2018, another 119...

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October 5, 2018
Chronic Care Services for Syrian Refugees
caroline.philhower

Chronic care is beyond the capacity of many nonprofit health organizations, as well as UNHCR, due to high costs and limited funding. Most organizations are limited to providing basic primary care for Syrian refugees. However, 83% of Syrian refugee households in Lebanon report at least one family member is living...

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August 29, 2018
SAMS Volunteer Dr. Abisaab Shares Her Experience (Part II)
caroline.philhower

In the informal settlements in Akkar, near the Syria-Lebanon border, the atmosphere was entirely different than our clinic in Tripoli. Although the work conditions were harder with the scorching sun and dusty air, the ebullient spirit of the children brought joy and much needed lightness. They often greeted us playfully,...

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