October 4, 2017
Observations on the Ground: The Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh
caroline.philhower

As we arrived to Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, we witnessed massive floods surrounding tents like islands, with Rohingya refugees attempting to swim to the main road for safety. “This flooding is caused by last night’s rainfall” remarked Mrs. Khatun. As part of our needs assessment trip to Bangladesh, SAMS...

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September 27, 2017
SAMS Alarmed By Heightened Attacks Against Healthcare Across Syria
caroline.philhower

For Immediate Release September 27, 2017 Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, the Government of Syria and its allies carried out three aerial attacks on medical facilities in Idlib, Hama, and besieged East Ghouta. These attacks are part of an intensifying escalation of violence directly targeting the medical infrastructure of areas outside of...

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September 25, 2017
Observations From The Ground: The Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh
caroline.philhower

The SAMS Global Response (SGR) Team landed in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s densely populated capital city, on Monday, September 18. At the time, the team consisted of myself and SGR director Dina Prior. Upon landing, we immediately identified other humanitarian aid workers at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, also headed to aid...

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September 21, 2017
Celebrating Contributions of Refugees on International Peace Day
caroline.philhower

Last year, a Lebanese woman arrived  to the SAMS polyclinic in the Bekaa Valley, asking for an urgent appointment with me as internist for her father. “The clinic is so crowded but I can wait, ” she said. I examined her father, an 85 year old man struggling with chronic...

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September 8, 2017
Salah’s Story: Mitigating the Impact of Trauma  
caroline.philhower

Salah, a young Syrian, once lived in rural Damascus with his family. As violence escalated, he and his family fled Syria for Lebanon. They now live in the Beka’a Valley, home to over a million Syrian refugees. Although he is now far from the aerial attacks that plagued his hometown,...

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September 8, 2017
Supporting Generations in Crisis: SAMS Psychosocial Programming in Jordan
caroline.philhower

With the Syrian conflict continuing through its seventh year, 5 million Syrians are displaced outside of their home country. Over 1 million Syrian refugees now reside in Jordan, the sixth highest refugee-hosting country in the world. For refugees who have fled from devastating conditions such as siege and aerial attacks,...

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August 31, 2017
When Medicine Lives Up to Its Humanity (Part 2)
caroline.philhower

My GP colleague left in the last week and I found myself the sole ‘generalist’ medical provider. There was an American obstetrician & gynaecologist who was newly arrived and would care for most of the women’s health patients. Having been there for two weeks, I was allocated the clinical lead....

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August 31, 2017
When Medicine Lives Up to Its Humanity (Part 1)
caroline.philhower

I made my decision to leave specialist training in emergency medicine last year. My reasons for leaving were multi-factorial but for the most part I lost my confidence as a doctor. When so much of my life was dedicated to medicine, I essentially felt like I lost myself. So I...

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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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