SaveSyria

Over 2 million Syrians have been rendered homeless and due to the civil war raging in Syria, many are internally displaced refugees while others have moved to neighboring countries. While a small percentage lives in the UN sponsored camps, the large majority of these people are urban refugees without any access to healthcare facilities. Many of them are elderly, women and children and there is a considerable number of injured people among them.

IMR has been committed to relief efforts for the internally displaced and refugee Syrian population since the beginning of the conflict in 2012 by providing medical care, medications, winter survival kits, food and life-saving supplies. In 2016, we started quarterly medical missions to provide free treatment & medicines to the urban Syrian refugees in and around Amman, Jordan who have no access to healthcare. IMR has successfully conducted 13 missions to provide free comprehensive healthcare to displaced Syrian refugees and treated over 21,000 patients. The IMR SaveSyria Medical Mission is an ongoing project and shall continue in collaboration with our partners United Muslim Relief (UMR).

At the request of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), IMR launched the SaveSyria Cataract Surgery Mission in 2016 in collaboration with United Muslim Relief (UMR). We also delivered $50,000 worth of medical supplies and 38,550 lbs of food within Syria, in addition to over 2500 winterization packages that included winter coats, blankets, portable heaters and heating fuel, worth over $50,000 for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

SaveSyria Frequently Asked Questions

All team members are received and dropped at Queen Alia International airport by a representative of our local partners UMR.
Stay is arranged at a decent hotel in the main city area. Suitable transportation arrangements are made by UMR for the daily trips to the clinic.

Breakfast is arranged at the hotel, working lunch is provided on-site. There may be a formal dinner by UMR, the local hosts on one or two nights. On other days, there are numerous eateries within walking distance of the hotel.

All the clinic locations are in and around Amman city, within about an hour’s drive and in safe areas. Our local partners identify the locations depending upon patient concentration, the size of the mission team and other factors. Once finalized, the locations are communicated to the volunteers prior to the mission.
Based on experience from previous missions we have a suggested formulary. There is a small pharmacy on site; all medicines are procured locally by our local partners beforehand. Pharmacy is managed by the team. Depending upon who all volunteer, at times there is a pharmacist in the team. Otherwise, the team leader nominates a team member for the task; local volunteers provide assistance.

IMR sends some vitamins with the team. These are procured locally and dispatched to team members in advance of the trip.

IMR SaveSyria Project lead and Chair of Relief Committee brief the team on clinical aspects in detail before departure. An informative booklet is also shared with the team, which has been developed with inputs from previous teams.
Our teams try to limit themselves to cases requiring little or no follow-up care. Any cases requiring follow-up care are referred to local facilities. That is the nature of most medical relief work.
Obtaining laboratory testing and/or radiological imaging is challenging while working in the field. In the event a patient requires further workup by way of testing arrangements can be made for the patient to go to a local facility.
Translators will be handy; there is usually one translator per physician. These are mostly local medical students.
Volunteers only pay for their air tickets to and from Amman. IMR arranges everything else – food, transportation, and accommodation.
Depending upon the interest of team members, IMR can help in arranging a side trip to Petra once the mission is over, via Dar es Salam Travels who provide an English speaking guide. The cost is around $250, but this trip is purely optional.
Yes, it is needed but for US & Canadian nationals it is stamped on arrival at Amman airport. There are other options too and IMANA guides selected team members with the choices.
Team members traveling from any other part of the world have to make their own arrangements for visa, depending upon their nationality. IMANA can provide an introduction letter, if needed.

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