Press Releases - UOSSM International

PRESS RELEASE: Chemical Weapons Attack in Aleppo Injures 128 including 37 children

Toronto, ON- On September 6, 2016 6:30 a.m. Damascus time, two barrels of  chlorine gas were dropped by helicopter on the civilian neighborhood of  Al Sukari in the center of Aleppo. 128 people were injured by the attacks, and are being treated at Al Quds Hospital (71 cases reported), Al Zarzour Hospital (21 cases reported)  and Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Hospital (36 cases reported) with some patients choosing not to seek medical attention. No fatalities have been reported. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: New Stats From Aleppo Show Devastating Impact of Airstrikes On Children

New Stats From Aleppo Show Devastating Impact of Airstrikes On Children  Toronto, ON- The viral video of 5 year old Omran covered in rubble has drawn international attention to the fate of children trapped in Syria. As many doctors in Aleppo say, “Omran is one of the lucky ones”. Today videos were released of children suffering severe burns from napalm attacks in Syria. Continue reading


Confirmed Chemical Weapon Attack in Aleppo City Leaves Three Dead and Tens Seeking Treatment in Area Hospitals: Toronto, ON-  It has been confirmed by the public relations office of the Aleppo Health Directorate that there was a chemical agent attack on Az-zibdieh in Aleppo city.   Continue reading


(July 31, 2016)- 3 more medical facilities have been destroyed by a wave of targeted airstrikes by the Regime / Russian air force in the past 6 hours (2200 hr Damascus time) .    Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Idlib Bombing- “Three Children Died lying in the emergency room at Bab Al Hawa Hospital”

On May 31 12:15 am, Idlib, Syria - Heavy aerial bombing  in public areas of the Idlib province including the buildings adjacent to the Idlib Public Hospital (Al Watani) resulted in an evacuation and full shutdown of hospitals in the area.   Continue reading

Dr Muhammad Waseem Maaz- He was the last pediatrician in the city of Aleppo

Dear friends, I am Dr Hatem, the director of the Children’s Hospital in Aleppo. Last night, 27 staff and patients were killed in an airstrike on Al Quds Hospital nearby. My friend Dr Muhammad Waseem Maaz (pictured), the city’s most qualified paediatrician, was killed in the attack.  Continue reading

Press Release: April 27 Hospital Bombing in Al Quds- Killing Dr Wassim Mouaz

PRESS RELEASE: Systematic attacks on hospitals are war crimes that must be stopped NOW Geneva, 28  April 2016, We (SEMA, SAMS, UOSSM, SHAM and PAC) strongly condemn the attacks on medical facilities and health workers in Syria. We call on the UN and all involved parties to put an end to these war crimes and to immediately protect civilians.    Continue reading

Trauma Training for Medical Professionals

During the month of March, UOSSM trained medical professionals on how to treat patients who have succumbed to casualties caused by explosions. The program, dubbed Emergency Management of the Wounded in Times of War, is especially important due to the increasingly dangerous conditions in the region. 

UOSSM Projects: Empowering Kids

UOSSM is supporting a program at its Maaret Alnoumaan Centre that is training teachers on utilizing different tools and techniques to assist and empower kids with special needs. The program is focusing on objectives such as cognitive training to advance kids’ self-esteem when it comes to their body image; independence training, which helps kids identify essentials of daily living, like kitchen utensils; as well as teaching kids how to differentiate between colors.

Ahmad's Story: Hope in The Face of Adversity

At only 10 years of age, Ahmad has already lived through obstacles and danger that very few people live in their lifetime. Despite losing his elder brother five months ago to an airstrike, and despite  living in the torn city of Allepo under constant missile fire, Ahmad’s smile has never left his face. His words have always been optimistic and the strength he possesses is unrivalled – even after falling victim to an explosion that lodged a sharpnell across his back. When Ahmad’s brother, Ismail, passed, Ahmad left school to help support his family and began working at a printing house. The morning of Feb. 27 – three months after starting his job— Ahmad noticed the sound of warplanes was unusually loud, he quickly hid under a table, and moments later he heard a large explosion coming from across the street. He recalls shrapnel and fragments were flying all over, and ultimately a piece of shrapnel lodged itself in Ahmad’s lower back. Paramedics quickly transferred the10 year-old to Bab al Hawa hospital’s pediatric unit, where he received proper care and has had several successful surgeries to treat his injury.  Ahmad is on the road to recovery and although there is still a long way to go, he remains optimistic and hopeful and his smile continues to light up the rooms of Bab al Hawa hospital.