I spent last week volunteering as an interpreter with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) on their November mission to provide health care for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Seven years on, and the suffering of Syrian refugees still continues, yet I was constantly left in awe by their amazing resilience....
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.
Our impact in
Syria - 2016 Impact
- Total Medical Services Provided 2,627,380
- Medical Workers Supported 1,866
- Medical Facilities Supported 139
- Major Surgeries performed 75,996
Jordan - 2016 Impact
- Medical Services Provided 125,320
- Medical Missions Beneficiaries 15,560
- Medical Workers Supported 37
- Irbid Psychosocial Program 13,465
Lebanon - 2016 Impact
- Medical Services Provided 122,378
- Major Surgeries Performed 2,544
- Medical Workers Supported 82
- Medical Facilities Supported 16
Turkey - 2016 Impact
- Medical Services Provided 58,295
- Dental Clinic Services Provided 52,897
- Specialty Services Provided 5,398
Greece - 2016 Impact
- Health Services Provided 19,361
- Number of Volunteers 262
- Number of Clinics Supported 4
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Meet baby Ghadeer Al Muhsin! She came into the world a little bit early, at just 28 weeks of gestation and weighing 900 grams. She was recently transferred to a SAMS-supported hospital in Al Ma’ara because she stopped breathing due to conjunctivitis and kidney failure. Our medical personnel immediately cared for her, placing her on a respirator for 2 days in the ICU, and carefully monitoring her medical complications. We’re very happy and relieved to say that after 45 days, Ghadeer was released in good health, weighing 1550 grams. Thanks to the tireless work of SAMS medical staff on the ground in Syria, we hope that Ghadeer will continue to grow and thrive!READ MORE
A pregnant woman in labor arrived to a SAMS-supported OBGYN clinic in Idlib, Syria at 8pm local time. Her condition was extremely critical. She suffered from low blood pressure and was unconscious. Her unborn baby was in a critical condition as well. Immediately, our dedicated medical personnel operated on the patient to stabilize her condition and save her child. The newborn was immediately put in an incubator. We are happy to share that the mother and her child were discharged the next day once their conditions stabilized and our medical personnel conducted all the necessary tests.READ MORE
An eight month old baby girl with convulsions five days after shrapnel penetrated her head was admitted to a SAMS-supported hospital in Aleppo. Her conditions was very critical. SAMS's Dr. Amr, the only remaining neurosurgeon in eastern Aleppo City, successfully performed the surgery and saved this infant's life. A couple of days after the surgery, this beautiful and brave baby girl is drinking milk, moving her arms and legs, and crying like a normal baby.READ MORE
A three day old infant was given a change at a healthy life after he was treated for a tracheoesophageal fistula at a SAMS-supported pediatric ICU in Dera'a. After the surgery, the infant was monitored for 15 days. On day 14, he began breastfeeding with no problem!READ MORE
Suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhea, five children from one family were admitted to a SAMS-supported children's clinic in Idlib. Within 24 hours, their conditions improved drastically and they were able to go back home.READ MORE
A mother underwent a smooth delivery at a SAMS-supported OBGYN clinic in Idlib, yet her baby could not breath on its own. The newborn had to be transferred to another clinic. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, SAMS medical personnel would not give up trying to treat the infant and he soon began to breathe!READ MORE
Hanin Said, 5, was diagnosed 3 months ago with alopecia areata, an autoimmune skin disease. She was diagnosed by our doctors at the SAMS-supported dermatology mobile clinic in Idlib, #Syria.
Her condition was severe and urgent. Immediately, our doctors provided her with the necessary treatment.A month later, our medical staff visited her for a follow-up exam. She is now doing much better. SAMS supports 4 primary care mobile clinics in Idlib and Hama, and one mobile dermatology clinic in Idlib. Over the past 6 months, our mobile dermatology clinic treated 6,773 patients, serving on average 960 patients a month.
A 30-year-old Syrian refugee living in Jordan with a failing heart needed an emergency surgery to save his life. After visiting a number of hospitals, he was told that he needed two heart valves to be replaced. During SAMS's cardiology mission to Jordan in July, SAMS volunteers diagnosed him with endocarditis and insisted on operating on him right away in order to save his life. The surgery was successful. The patient is now doing very well. Dr. Tabry, the surgeon who operated on him, visited him a couple of weeks after the surgery for follow-up exams.READ MORE
Tabarak, a mother of 6, was diagnosed with cancer in her wrist while living in Syria. The escalating violence in Syria forced Tabarek and her family to flee to #Jordan. With limited access to medical care in Zaatari refugee camp, Tabarak’s tumor began to form again.
A local physician informed Tabarak that her hand would have to be amputated. However, after conferring with specialists, Dr. Majd Isreb, SAMS Foundation Chair, learned that an amputation was not necessary.
Thanks to the work of SAMS medical mission volunteers, Tabarak was able to receive the surgery she needed at no cost.
Fatima was born with a bowel obstruction. Her parents traveled from hospital to hospital desperately trying to find treatment for their newborn. Finally, they came to a SAMS-supported OB/GYN facility in the countryside of #Idlib where medical personnel were able to perform the necessary surgery and provide her with all needed medical care and medication. Today, Fatima is almost a year old and healthy.READ MORE
Firas had a normal childhood in Dara'a, Syria until a missile hit his house, severely injuring his father and forcing his family to flee.
At only 12 years of age, Firas dropped out of school and started selling cotton candy to provide for his parents and younger siblings.
Feeling depressed and sad all the time, Firas visited SAMS psychosocial clinic in Dara'a. He successfully participated in SAMS psychosocial programs that helped him cope with the effects of depression and improve his emotional wellbeing. Firas is now a happier boy. He even participated in a chess competition.
IN THE NEWS
Video shows a hospital during the siege of Aleppo. From the looks of it, maybe an exhausted father, a distraught mother and a child, at left, curled up on a gurney. Then, an airstrike. This hospital was hit 14 times in six months. Last year, Al Jazeera reporter Amro Halabi...
A Chicago surgeon puts his life on the line to save victims of Syria’s civil war in hospitals targeted by the regime. Medical personnel like Dr. Samer Attar routinely risk life and limb as they fight to save victims of Syria’s civil war in hospitals bombed in the regime’s cruel...
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