SAMS Medical Missions to Treat Syrian Refugees
SAMS organizes and facilitates medical missions to allow doctors, members, students and volunteers to participate in medical and surgical missions. Medical professionals travel to the region to support ongoing medical relief programs and provide healthcare to Syrians inside Syria as well as in refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. In 2015, SAMS’s medical missions to the region served more than 11,000 Syrians refugees. Following that, in January 2016, SAMS organized its largest medical mission to Jordan to date. The mission brought 70 volunteers to multiple locations across Jordan to provide free medical, dental, and surgical care as well as free medication.
SAMS launched SAMS Global Response (SGR) in April 2016, a global platform that seeks to provide quality healthcare to refugees and affected populations by leveraging its expertise in leading and organizing medical missions in challenging confirms and network of medical professionals. SGR focuses on addressing key urgent needs using innovation, specialized medical care and advocacy.
According to UNHCR, more than 55,000 refugees are currently in Greece living in 15 different makeshift camps around the country. The main refugee camp is located in Idomeni, Greece where more than 10,000 people, including 4,000 children, are living in dire conditions at an informal settlement at the border with Macedonia. The majority are Syrian families who have fled war-torn Syria seeking refuge in Europe.