October 13, 2021
Second Wave of COVID-19 Surging in Northwest Syria
caroline.philhower

October 13, 2021 Washington, D.C. – Health facilities in northwest Syria are quickly becoming overwhelmed as a new wave of COVID-19 spreads through the area. ICU units at COVID-19 hospitals have reached up to 93% of their occupancy rate, and health personnel are facing a lack of crucial supplies due...

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October 10, 2021
Restoring Hope for Conflict-Affected Populations
caroline.philhower

This year on World Mental Health Day, SAMS is shining a light on one of the most important  elements in creating a sustainable future for underserved communities, including IDPs and other victims of conflict and violence. SAMS works to ensure that these communities have access to proper mental health care...

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October 6, 2021
Breathing in a Pandemic: How Oxygen Helps Save Lives in Syria
caroline.philhower

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to exhaust our energies, medical capacities and claim human lives across the world. Over the last year and a half, the healthcare system in Syria has faced enormous challenges in attempting to circumvent the spread of the virus while simultaneously facing severe shortages in equipment...

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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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