Dear members, supporters, and friends,
As we approach this holiday season, we would like to share with you some exciting news about SAMS. This year has been challenging and difficult as we continue to witness one the worst humanitarian crises since World War II. We have lost colleagues and friends who sacrificed their lives to save others. Our largest trauma hospital in besieged eastern Aleppo City was destroyed after being targeted five times in one week.
However, we have kept moving forward to expand our reach and services to serve as many Syrians in need as possible. As of September 2016, we have treated more than 2.7 million Syrians inside Syria, in neighboring countries, and in Greece, and expect to reach over 3 million Syrians by the end of 2016. We have organized 16 medical missions that provided treatment for over 15,000 refugees. We have expanded to address growing needs on the ground with programs such as, a midwifery school in Syria, nutrition and milk for besieged areas, endoscopic centers inside Syria and Turkey, and specialized medical missions.
In order to showcase our impact, increase our reach, highlight the heroic work of our medics on the ground, and improve our users’ experience, we have redesigned our website. New features include:
- An interactive map that provides timely updates on beneficiary numbers from our programs in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece;
- A membership platform for our society members;
- An event calendar to keep our members and followers updated on our upcoming events, medical missions, medical trainings, and conferences.
We are excited to have you join SAMS during this time of growth to better support Syrians in need.
Thanks to your continuous support, trust, and contribution, SAMS has established itself as one of the most trusted and active medical relief organizations working in Syria. Our selfless medics continue to brave bombardment to care for the injured and save lives. Our medical relief efforts have been acknowledged and highlighted by major news organizations, including The Guardian, The New York Times, NPI, Syria Deeply, and many more.
However, we are not done yet. With over 12.2 million people in dire need inside Syria and more than 13 million displaced, our work is just beginning. Together, we will rebuild the medical system in Syria to ensure that everyone receives the dignified medical care they deserve. We will provide our medics with the support and security they need to perform their duty with no fear. We will ensure a better future for Syria’s next generation. Let’s keep the momentum going. Happy holidays!
Ahmad Tarakji, MD
President, Syrian American Medical Society
Majd Isreb, MD, FACP, FASN,
SAMS Foundation Chairman