26Jun2022

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November Medical Mission Recap

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RN Bobby managing the triage/patient intake to get vitals before the doctors see the patients

Last week, our November medical mission came to an end, and the group dispersed back to their homes. It is hard to condense in a meaningful way what we experienced and what that meant to each person, so I am going to let some of the participants speak for themselves.

First, though, let me tell you what we accomplished. We saw over 2400 patients, handed out about 800 blankets and over 1000 hats, mittens, socks, and scarves, and distributed hygiene items in each of the locations we visited. We also provided some medications and baby formula to the clinic we assisted at in Zaatari camp. We visited 4 locations north of Amman in Irbid and Jerash regions, and spent 2 days helping out at Zaatari.

We had a great group of people on our team – doctors, psychologists, nurses, a physical therapist, dentists, an OB-GYN, and dedicated humanitarians. Without our volunteers we would not be able to do what we do on our missions. Each person has taken time away from work, paid his or her own expenses, and carried extra bags filled with supplies and medications donated for the mission.

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Part of our group stopping for coffee on the way to Zaatari.

 

This is from Naveed, one of the doctors on the mission: “The Syrian refugees were always grateful. Their prayers at the end of our consultations was my motivational fuel to do more for them.

Family medicine in the west is about building a trusting relationship with the patient over time and empowering them to make informed decisions about their treatment. The doctor’s role is to facilitate that with his or her knowledge. Our exams and training is centred around this process. However, in the case of humanitarian work we have to treat immediately with the added hope that one consultation will be enough. In reality it’s not the case. Chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease require many more consultations and investigations. I still believe we’ve made a difference to their lives with our brief intervention.

It’s also been a defining moment in my life too and I hope to return one day and continue my work. The friendships I’ve made during this journey have been most memorable and will stay with me forever. Where else could I have met such dedicated souls?”

 

 

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Day 7 – Last Day of the Mission

And so another mission comes to an end. Here are the stats of the mission and some photos from the last day.

Location                  Patients seen

  • Al-Wahdat     General: 500, Dental: 130, Psych: 40
  • Madaba            General: 200, Dental: 30, Psych was at Malki
  • Al-Khaldiyeh General: 275, Dental: 51
  • Irbid                     General: 200, Dental: 120, Psych: 10
  • Zarka                   General: 212, Dental: 45, Psych: 10
  • Al-Mufti            General: 360, Dental: 60, Psych: 12

Totals:

  • General 1,747 
  • Dental 436
  • Psych 42

The mission had one day at the Malki-SCM Children’s Center where they didn’t see patients but participated in the program with the children.

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Getting Donations Ready for Distribution in Amman

Below are photos from our warehouse just outside Amman, Jordan. We had our local team there loading a truck with men’s, women’s, and kids coats, nearly 4 tons of clothes in bags, 6-7 boxes of diapers, 2 big boxes sheets and bed pads, 2 boxes of alcohol pads, 6 walkers, and 16 crutches.

These items were distributed with the help of another local organization that helps Jordanians in need as well as the refugees from Syria, Gaza, and Iraq.

See the article written by a Jordanian paper about the day. Click here. You may need to use Google translate to read it in English if it doesn’t come up automatically.  There is another slideshow of photos taken by the reporter and the article says, roughly, the following:

Ms. Rebecca Malekian, the head of the Initiative Together for the Good, received a large amount of clothing for men, women and children, and a number of sanitary items, medical supplies, and blankets from Mr. Basel Sawalha, the Regional Director for Salaam Cultural Museum, based in the United States, Seattle, Washington. The members of the initiative transferred the packages and tools to the headquarters of the initiative in the Ecumenical Center for the purpose of classification and packaging, in preparation for distribution to needy families of Jordan and Syrian refugees and the Palestinians of Gaza and Syria.

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Ramadan Food Delivery

Thanks to all of your donations to the Ramadan food drive we were able to provide 500 boxes of food for the Syrian refugees around Madaba, and another 200 families in Al Hamra, a village we visited on our last mission in June.

In addition to the packages of food, we also distributed clothing, small hygiene kits for the children, wheel chairs and walkers. The kits were put together here in our office in Seattle, and sent over to Jordan with people who were traveling there over the summer – a big thank you to all that were able to take an extra suitcase with you for us!

Below are photos of the distribution from our warehouse in Madaba (the evening photos), and then at the village of Al Hamra (in the daylight). Rita’s family in Madaba helped organize the distribution – checking people on the list to make sure everyone received their packages, crowd control, taking photos of the event, plus 3 Syrians who also helped with the handing out of the items. There are 30,000 Syrian refugees in the Madaba area.

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October Container Drive

Salaam Cultural Museum will be sending a container of supplies to Jordan in early October. The exact date has not been set yet but will be posted as soon as we have it. We are aiming for the first week in October. We will be filling the container with warm winter clothing, school supplies and medical supplies.

How you can help us fill the container:

Please bring or send your donations to our office at 3806 Whitman Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103

CLOTHING: We need winter clothing for all ages. No shoes. Please consider new socks and undergarments, warm sweaters and shirts, pants, leggings, coats. Please have all clothes clean and folded and in good repair, and put them in a heavy duty plastic storage bin. You can also include clean blankets or quilts. Place a list on the top of the clothes before you put the lid on.  We will not be accepting items in plastic garbage bags for this container due to logistical constraints.

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Type of heavy duty plastic bin to use to pack donated clothing.

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larger size of the heavy duty bin to use.

TOYS: We will take new in the package toys or close to new toys to give to the children as gifts. If the toy is used please make sure it is clean and all pieces are there. Please do not include any toys that promote or depict violence or are war related (toy guns, tanks, planes, etc). Also, we cannot accept toys with batteries in them – remove the batteries and send them in a plastic baggie.

BACKPACKS: School supplies are in need for the refugee children. Getting the children back to school is very important to their ability to cope. It adds a spot of normalcy in an otherwise completely upended life. To help them, we want to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for children ages 5 and up. You can donate a backpack filled with the following items and send it to our office for inclusion in the container:

  • Notebooks
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpener and erasers
  • Pencil bag
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons (no more than a 24 pack)
  • Coloring books
  • Puzzles and other brain games

HYGIENE KITS: You can also put together kits containing tooth brushes, toothpaste, small travel size soap and hand sanitizer, mirror, washcloth, hair brush. You can make bags for boys and girls, by adding specific items like hair clips, nail polish, hair bands etc. for girls and things like stickers, temporary tattoos, etc for boys.

MEDICATIONS/MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: We are still collecting medical equipment and non-narcotic/OTC medications, just be sure that any pills do not contain gelatin. The medical supplies will be packed separately from the clothes and blankets so please do not put them in the plastic bins. Crutches, wheelchairs (especially for children), walkers, and other mobility devices are needed as well.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: We have a music program at the Malki-SCM Children’s Center and they are in need of small instruments. Anything is great, but please, if the instrument is such that it requires a case for transport (like a violin) please include the case. If there is no case for the instrument, the chances are that it will be ruined during shipping.

 

 

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Good News About Syria from UN Security Council

We just received this update from The Syria Campaign

Rita — good news on Syria,

An hour ago the UN Security Council voted to let food and medicine cross borders and conflict lines and reach millions of people who need it. It’s one of the few moments that the Council has united for Syria — a rare occasion when Russia and China haven’t used their veto.

After you joined the campaign demanding action on UN aid into Syria, insiders told us that our voices were heard at the highest levels. This same public pressure combined with weeks of intense negotiations and lobbying have brought us to this point. There’s no pretending this is an ideal resolution, but it could make a difference to 2 million Syrians.

Over the next few weeks we’ll have to make sure that Resolution 2165 doesn’t just amount to another piece of paper. But for now, I just wanted to share this update with you and show that public pressure works.

I’ll be in touch soon,
Anna