For Immediate Release
October 13, 2015


Washington, DC – On Friday, October 9, Secretary of State John Kerry commended SAMS for its work during his remarks at the 2015 Global Diaspora Week Launch Event. The State Department’s Global Diaspora Week highlights the work of diaspora communities throughout the United States and their contributions to the development industry. 

John“Doctors from the Syrian American Medical Society have lent their time and talent to support clinics in the Za’atari camp in Jordan, which I visited during my first year as Secretary. And they are providing counseling and social services for women and children wherever possible in Syria. And they are finding ways to reach people who would suffer or die without their help. And that is the very definition of courage and citizenship under fire,” said Secretary Kerry.


SAMS is humbled by this recognition and thanks Secretary Kerry for highlighting the work of the brave medical personnel in who risk their lives to save lives every day in Syria.

More than 670 medical personnel have killed in the conflict in Syria. As attacks against personnel and facilities escalate, continued and enhanced support for healthcare in Syria is critical. SAMS proudly supports for programs and personnel providing vital services for over 1.4 million in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan each year.


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