Dr. Abdelmajid Katranji, who is with SAMS-MI and was the Master of Ceremony, did the opening in which he outlined what SAMS is and what it does. SAMS is a medical organization, a charity that directs medical relief to Syria. Comprised of 7 teams in which they try their best to help, assist, and direct resources to Syrians who can’t get basic and major medical needs.
Afterward, the SAMS-MI President, Dr. Opada Alzohaili, was the first keynote speaker in which he talked about the situation over in Syria. SAMS national president Dr. Zaher Sahloul said, “Syrian problems range from bed wetting, psychological traumas, nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, when we went and visited Turkey refugee camps. Some of the stories about the horrors that were happening in Syria are that when the injured go to a hospital, the people would get kidnapped, tortured and killed.”
Later on, Dr. Katranji introduced Dr. Reza Nassiri who is a professor of psychiatry and Global Dean of Health. He pointed out the views of Arab nations and the contrast between them and the United States. There is a high percentage of discontent in the Arab world against the Syrian regime and the desire to take action, while in the United States, a high percentage of the people are of the opinion to not take action on the matter.
Right after that, Professor Randy Hillar, a professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University, explained the psychiatric traumas that the people will face and are facing on a daily basis, which will most likely stay with them for a long time and how it will affect the population over in Syria, which will not take months or years to heal, but a generation or two. People that are silent, the voices that haven’t been heard, are the most victimized.
Dr. Robert Rutha, Chairman of the International Medical Corps (IMC) said that the IMC is one of the main, if not the main, resource to deliver medical and relief supplies to Syrians and Syrian refugees.
In recognition of Z-Medica Quick Clot product. SAMS extended its gratitude and awarded the CEO of Z-Medica who donated more than 17,000 units of its innovative products.
SAMS thanked all the sponsors and partners such as Zaman International, whose founder, Najah Bazzi, attended the event.
Starting with the fundraising, a big nod was given to Abu Al-Hakam Al-Siba’I who donated the most precious thing one can donate: he donated his son who was a medic transporting injured people and received 11 bullets in the process.
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