Geneva, Switzerland - UOSSM (Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations) has launched the ‘School Health’ Project today in the Ariha and Qourqania districts (Idlib, Syria). The project will combat high levels of scabies, waterborne diseases, malnutrition, lice, acute health issues and mental health issues with children in the area. Many parents have opted not to send their children to school because of communicable diseases, resulting in a large number of school absences. The goal of the project is to strengthen the health of children and set a strong foundation for their future.
Geneva, Switzerland - UOSSM calls for the immediate delivery of food, water and medical aid to the Al Rukban refugee camp. The Rukban camp, located in south eastern Syria on the border of Jordan and Iraq, houses roughly 55,000 IDPs based on UN estimates.
Geneva, Switzerland - On Tuesday September 25, UOSSM was awarded a $250,000 innovation grant by ‘Grand Challenges Canada’ to develop the HIRS (Health Integrated Resilience System) for medical aid in conflict zones. The HIRS project will combine solar energy, electric ambulances and tele-medicine to deliver life saving aid in the world’s most challenging war zones. The project was driven by the harsh realities of a conflict zone.
Geneva, Switzerland -Three hospitals, two Syrian Civil Defense Centers, and an ambulance system were attacked and put out of service in the past two days leaving thousands with no access to medical care. All three hospitals are underground facilities.
Geneva, Switzerland -As of 9:30 pm Damascus time, at least 217,000 people have been internally displaced from Daraa, with little to no access to food, clean water, shelter and medical care. Earlier this week on Tuesday, the UN reported that 45,000 people had been displaced from Daraa. “This is the largest and fastest displacement in Syrian history. It’s a humanitarian catastrophe. This is the equivalent of fully displacing all of Geneva.” said Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chairman of UOSSM International and Birmingham GP. “I have never seen such horrible conditions, people here are desperate!
On June 27 at seven pm Damascus time, Yusuf Ayyash, A UOSSM warehouse worker at the Giza office, was killed by an airstrike along with his wife and daughter. This is the third UOSSM staff member to be killed in less than a week. As the besiegement of Daraa escalates, four hospitals and one primary health care centrewere attacked and have been put out of service. Nearly 60,000 people have been displaced by the violence since June 19, and have nowhere to turn with Jordan’s borders closed and the western suburbs under siege.
Geneva, Switzerland- A volunteer UOSSM ambulance driver, Abdulhadi Al Hariri, was killed today at 1 p.m. Damascus time in a targeted "double tap" attack, as first responders were headed to evacuate wounded victims of an attack in Busr Al Harir. The driver was already transporting one wounded victim as the ambulance was targeted by an airstrike, but not directly hit. Abdul hadi radioed in that he needed emergency help. First responders desperately searched for him for over four hours only to find him in the ambulance, killed by the second attack.
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June 21, 2018
A UOSSM midwife, Maysoun Harbat, and her daughter were killed on June 21 at 5:00 p.m. Damascus time as a result of heavy shelling in Al-Harak in the Daraa country side. Harbat's other daughter survived the attack but has sustained serious injuries. The attacks coincide with a dramatic escalation of violence in Daraa over the past two days which has resulted in at least five civilian deaths today, numerous injuries and medical staff scrambling to deal with the influx of patients.
On June 10, a wave of airstrikes in Idlib, Syria has left at least 10 dead including two children and over 18 injured. Al Nour Women and Children's hospital was hit by an airstrikes, suffered heavy damage and was put out of service. The facility serves a population of 35,000. UOSSM denounces the escalation of violence in the past 2 weeks. Dr. Ghanem Tayara, Chairman of UOSSM International and Birmingham GP said, "These attacks against children and the continued targeting of medical facilities must stop.
On June 7 at 9:15 PM Damascus time, airstrikes bombarded the village of Zardana in Rural Idlib killing at least 44 people including six children and one doctor, and injured over 80. Early reports indicate a "double tap" strategy was employed killing and injuring first responders. Many of the injured were internally displaced persons from Ghouta, and some of the injured were taken to UOSSM's Bab Al Hawa Hospital.
UOSSM is deeply concerned about the violence in Gaza since March 30, where over 100 civilians have been killed and over 3,500 were wounded by live ammunition. In the past week, one paramedic was killed and Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian-Palestinian doctor, was among the 18 medics wounded on Monday, May 14.
According to an interview with Dr. Loubani, the medics were clearly marked in high visibility attire. Dr. Loubani said, "he was wearing a high visibility reflective jacket and yet he was shot. And his colleagues who were all highly marked were being targeted ."
BREAKING: Car Bomb In Idlib Kills At least 9
At approximately 8:50 p.m. Damascus time on May 12, 2018, a car bomb exploded less than 25 meters away from the Idlib Province Hospital, Idlib.
At least 9 people were killed and over 25 injured.
UOSSM denounces this attack against civilians and medical staff.
Civilians and medical staff are not targets and must be protected under international law.
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Geneva, Switzerland – The Kafr Zeta Specialty Hospital was completely destroyed today in a targeted airstrike. The hospital, located in the suburbs of Hama, was attacked at 10 a.m. Damascus time by four airstrikes directly hitting the facility. One hospital staff was killed and three hospital staff were wounded. The hospital provided primary health care services to women and children, general surgery, intensive care, and orthopedic surgery, to approximately 5000 patients a month and provided services to a catchment area of 30,000-40,000 people.
Geneva, Switzerland – The UOSSM Al-Zaafaraneh PHC was targeted in Homs along with two major hospitals in the past two days. All three were put out of service leaving thousands without access to medical care. On Sunday at 10:25 a.m. Damascus time the UOSSM Al-Zaafaraneh PHC was targeted by an airstrike, which struck an area 30 feet away from the hospital. The center was lightly damaged and put out of service. The center provided services to approximately 6,000 people a month. At the same time the Zaafaraneh Surgical Hospital was also attacked and put out of service.
Geneva, Switzerland – A massive chemical weapon attack was just reported in Douma, Eastern Ghouta today. Early reports indicate 25 people have been killed and over 500 civilians have been injured with the numbers set to rise. Many of the victims were children. The attack coincides with numerous attacks on medical facilities in Douma today rendering the largest hospital out of service and a Red Crescent medical facility heavily damaged. The damage inflicted was amplified by the large number of internally displaced people, forced to crowd tightly together in shelters.
Geneva, Switzerland - The following report details the work of UOSSM in providing eastern Ghouta
IDP’s with: primary health care, ambulance services, nutrition, mental health and psychosocial support, in addition to data collection. UOSSM is amongst a coalition of Syrian NGO’s serving the needs of the people of eastern Ghouta.
Geneva, Switzerland -UOSSM responded to the forced displacement of the first two groups of people from Ghouta.
On Thursday, 450 families, roughly 2000 people, were displaced from Harasta, Ghouta. The second group of over 3000 people were transported earlier this morning.
The people were transported from Harasta to Qalaat Al Madeeq in the suburbs of Hama.
UOSSM provided child protection services, primary health care services, and ambulances to transport severe cases to area hospitals. UOSSM was one of several organizations aiding in the process.
Geneva, Switzerland -Doctors in Eastern Ghouta performed 15 caesarean sections out of a total of 30 births yesterday. The doctors complain that they are being forced to do caesareans as the intense besiegement makes it difficult for expecting mothers to predict when they can safely go to the hospital.
Toronto, Ontario -The passing of UN Security Resolution 2401 has not stopped the violence in Ghouta as at least 500 were killed and thousands were wounded since the resolution passed on February 24, 2018. In addition, at least 26 medical facilities have been systematically targeted and put out of service leaving an already vulnerable population with very limited access to healthcare.
A UOSSM Primary Health Care Center in Misraba and a UOSSM office in Hammouria, were hit under a wave of attacks on hospitals, buildings and "anything standing" in eastern Ghouta in the past 24 hours. No casualties were reported as all medical centers in the area were shut down due to heavy shelling and airstrikes. The bombardment has caused most of the inhabitants of the areas to be displaced into other parts of the city.