July 28, 2017
“Phenomenal & Heartbreaking”
caroline.philhower

“Refugees here are in need of much more than just physicians – there is a need for all types of healthcare workers, from speech pathologists to physical therapists to child psychologists and more.”   Obadah Moushmoush recently joined the SAMS medical mission to Lebanon, where he has been supporting physicians...

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July 26, 2017
I Am a Physical Therapist and I Want to Help
caroline.philhower

Vickey Patel, PT, MS, is a physical therapist who recently joined our SAMS medical mission to Jordan in July. Together, she and Lydia Palmer, an occupational therapist, supported 70 patients in need of rehabilitation and therapeutic care. She shared with us her motivation for joining a SAMS medical mission, and the story of...

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July 25, 2017
Children in Conflict Zones: Remarks By Syrian Pediatrician Dr. Nour
caroline.philhower

Dr. Nour is a Syrian pediatrician working with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). For four years, she has been practicing within conflict zones inside Syria. She recently spoke at a UN OHCHR/WHO Meeting on Child Mortality in Geneva. She shared with us her remarks from the meeting, detailing attacks...

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July 24, 2017
An Unusual Day at Gardens Hospital
caroline.philhower

Cardiologist Dr. Waseem Akhter joined the SAMS Medical Mission to Jordan in July of 2017. Throughout the medical mission, he and his colleagues performed 63 cardiac catheterizations. On the first day of the medical mission, he met a patient whose experience he shared with us.  I am called to the...

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July 21, 2017
Through Her Lens: Meet Dr. Weil
caroline.philhower

Daily life in displacement wears on the body in many ways. Al-Zaatari camp is located on a 5 km stretch of land in the desert, just 13km from the Syrian border. For children in Al-Zaatari camp, the pervasive dust and dirt can lead to ocular conditions like irritation and allergic conjunctivitis,...

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July 20, 2017
Providing Care in Tripoli’s Informal Settlements
caroline.philhower

Dr. Salim Saiyed has travelled extensively with SAMS on various medical missions as a Family Medicine doctor. But the conditions he saw in Lebanon were by far the most dire he has encountered on a mission trip. “On the first day, we turned a refugee tent made of cardboard and...

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July 12, 2017
Inside A Dental Clinic In Al-Zaatari Camp
caroline.philhower

“When I was younger I used to hear about doctors, ophthalmologists, you name it – they said they would go to Syria and help every three weeks in the summer. I thought that was a really awesome idea. I wanted to do this even before the conflict.” Even as a child,...

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June 20, 2017
Lessons in Resilience
caroline.philhower

Hundreds wait outside my clinic. I call it a “clinic” but it could be anything from a disused storage shed to a makeshift school classroom for refugees. The patients know we only have a few minutes to talk about their symptoms before they disappear into a sea of tents or urban...

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June 6, 2017
Committed to Care
caroline.philhower

“Working with SAMS made me feel part of a brilliant community of great minds and spirits, committed to care for communities of refugees, not just through health but also through advocacy,” SAMS Global Response volunteer Dr. Kate Markham said of her work with SGR in Greece.  Dr. Markham volunteered with our Global...

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June 5, 2017
Medical Missions Are Important, But They Are Not Enough
caroline.philhower

Six years after the eruption of the conflict in Syria, Jordan’s Al-Zaatari Refugee Camp has become the largest Syrian camp in the region, with 80,000 residents. Over half of the camp’s population is under 24 years old, with 19.9% of the population being under five years old. Through our medical...

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