Press Releases - UOSSM International

PRESS RELEASE: Catastrophe Imminent if Aid Does Not Reach Al Rukban Camp

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.  Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Innovation Grant to Fund Solar Powered Ambulance In Conflict Zones

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. Continue reading

Press Release: Six Medical and Civil Facilities Attacked in Past Two Days

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.  Continue reading

BREAKING: 217,000 IDPs in Daraa, Fastest Displacement in Syrian History

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.   Continue reading

BREAKING: Massive Chemical Weapon Attack Leaves 25+ Dead , 500+ Injured in Ghouta

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.  Continue reading

Press Release: Ghouta Evacuation Report March 23-28th

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.  Continue reading

Press Release: UOSSM Assists 5000 Forcefully Displaced from 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. Continue reading

Press Release: Ghouta Doctors Sound Alarm Over Emergency C-Sections, Siege Endangering Newborns

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. Continue reading

Press Release: At Least 500 Killed and 1000’s Wounded Since UNSCr 2401 Passed

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. Continue reading

BREAKING: UOSSM PHC and Office Attacked in Ghouta, Doctors Describe Attacks as “Mass Hysteria”

Geneva, Switzerland -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.  Continue reading