June 19, 2021
Syrian Refugee Crisis: Facts and How to Help
caroline.philhower

The past year has brought immense challenges to every corner of the world, and this is especially true for the 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already-poor conditions for refugees, two-thirds of whom come from just five countries – Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan,...

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June 17, 2021
Newborns, Heart Disease and the Road to Care: The Story of Hadi Obeid
caroline.philhower

One of the biggest challenges for refugees and underserved communities is getting access to vital, specialized care. This is especially true in countries like Lebanon, home to more than 1.7 million refugees struggling to make ends meet amid an economic collapse and the COVID-19 pandemic.  The story of Hadi, a...

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June 15, 2021
Youth, Mental Health and Resilience in Jordan: The Story of Omar
caroline.philhower

It is far too often that refugees and underserved communities don’t get the chance to engage in the healing process after trauma-related to displacement and take part in providing critical assistance to their communities. This is especially true in regards to mental health.  In Syria and its neighboring countries, SAMS...

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May 28, 2021
The Road to Care in Lebanon: The Story of Hisham and Nabil
caroline.philhower

2020 changed the landscape for everyone. In Lebanon, the unprecedented economic crisis, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut blast in August 2020, has exacerbated the living conditions for displaced populations. Many refugees in Lebanon are struggling to access the care they need. Hailing from Syria, Nabil and his...

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May 24, 2021
Investing in Mental Health is Paramount to Rebuilding Syria
caroline.philhower

Around 7.5 million Syrian children and adolescents are currently in need of support due to conflict, with more than half showing signs of mental and emotional distress (UNHCR). Though many refugees show immense resilience in the face of these challenges, we also know that far too many children are experiencing...

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May 17, 2021
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees in Turkey
caroline.philhower

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a heightened sense of collective vulnerability, and it is important to remember that despite the setbacks and collective trauma we have gone through this year, we can still achieve our dreams if given access to the right resources. This is especially true in...

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May 4, 2021
COVID-19 & Overcoming Global Indifference
caroline.philhower

Dr. Maher Azzouz, Chairman of SAMS Foundation The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has awoken the world to a newfound sense not only of vulnerability but also of shared humanity. It has brought us together in ways we couldn’t imagine, reinforcing our interconnectedness and interdependence.  Governments and non-profit organizations around the world...

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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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