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

This past July, our team arrived in Lebanon with 14 suitcases filled with medications, vitamins, anti-eczema creams, anti-lice shampoos, medical and dental supplies, a portable ultrasound, and a healthy dose of determination. Organized by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), our team of 13 US-based doctors and 11 interpreters participated...

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June 3, 2018
“The Need for Mental Health Services is Beyond Words”
caroline.philhower

My six years providing care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) could not have prepared me for the complexity and gravity of the psychosocial wellbeing in refugee settlements in Lebanon. I recently joined the Syrian American Medical Society as a mental health volunteer on a medical mission to the Beka’a Valley...

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May 21, 2018
The Need for Chronic Disease Support for Refugees
caroline.philhower

Using her crutches, Tamam moves quietly and measures her steps to reach SAMS makeshift clinics inside a settlement in the Bekaa Valley, where SAMS medical mission volunteers are providing treatment and medications for some of the many Syrian refugees residing in the area.  Tamam, 63, fled to Lebanon six years...

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March 12, 2018
A Right to Treatment: Meet Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour
caroline.philhower

Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour, a Syrian American doctor, specializing in obstetric care, recently led SAMS OBGYN mission in February 2018. This was the third such mission to Lebanon, the first being in 2016. By the end of the mission, we had provided 58 surgeries and 613 consultations, as well as other public...

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March 12, 2018
The Need for Care: Meet Anita Jensen
caroline.philhower

Anita Jensen is a midwife from Norway who joined SAMS on the recent OBGYN medical mission to Lebanon to provide care and services for pregnant, displaced Syrian women. She spent five days with SAMS mission in Lebanon, visiting settlements and rural areas to consult with women, provide them with advice,...

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March 12, 2018
Finding a Home for SAMS Medical Mission: Meet Khaled
caroline.philhower

Five years ago, Khaled El Ali’s home in Syria was destroyed by a bomb. He moved from place to place with his wife, finally relocating to small settlement in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. There, Khaled lives alongside 20 families who fled from different regions in Syria, searching for refuge and...

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March 11, 2018
The Long Road to Care in Lebanon: Meet Oum Malek
caroline.philhower

Her neighbors call her “Oum Malek.” Oum Malek, 45, fled from Aleppo at the beginning of the Syrian crisis. She now lives with her husband and two kids in  the Saadnayel Valley, in one of Lebanon’s many informal settlements.  For many years, Oum Malek has suffered from an obstetric disease....

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March 9, 2018
A Leader in Her Community: Meet Hind
caroline.philhower

Hind El Hamade, 37, is a Syrian woman who lives in a small settlement in the Bekaa Valley area with her five children. Hind lost her husband in Syria, and was forced to leave her parents there when she fled. She struggles as a single mother, responsible for her family,...

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December 19, 2017
Inside SAMS’s First Healthcare Facility in Bangladesh
caroline.philhower

Since August, 646,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. According to the latest Doctors Without Borders report, at least 6,700 Rohingyas died, mostly due to violence in a brutal military crackdown, between August 25 and September 24. This deeply troubling number includes at least 730 children under...

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