Postcards to Syria
Dinner and Fundraising EventFriday, May 20, 2016 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Laurel Manor Conference and Banquet Center
3900 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150
The United Nations Children’s Fund has called the Syrian crisis as the “most damaging conflict for children in the region’s recent history.”
Meanwhile the UNICEF highlighted what it called “deep developmental and emotional scars” left by the fighting. UNICEF child protection specialists who work with refugees in Jordan, state that many of the Syrian children “are in pure survival mode” and “forgot normal social and emotional responses” to what they have seen.
Many Syrian refugee children are suffering profound emotional and psychological distress from the war. These are “hidden injuries, hidden wounds that have been inflicted on children because of what they have experienced; the behavioral changes, the nightmares that they carry around with them – the way in which they can no longer function as normal children do”. And, this is an aspect of the crisis, which has been too often overlooked, but which is growing all the time. These children are at risk of becoming a “lost generation.”
Without adequate intervention the war could have a lasting impact on these children’s learning abilities, memory, social interactions, stress and fear responses, and the ability to control emotions. The experiences of Syria’s war-affected children could lead to a generation of children experiencing long-term mental health, social and economic problems.
“Postcards to Syria” is a fundraising campaign led by the Michigan chapter of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA – MI) to help those most vulnerable and assist in alleviating some of the trauma that refugee children have gone through. NAAMA – MI is partnering with “Happiness Again” a non governmental not for profit entity working in Jordan that has been helping the Syrian refugees since 2014, especially the distressed and traumatized children, through providing medical aid, psychological and social support.
With proceeds from the campaign “Postcards to Syria”, NAAMA hopes to expand the scope of work “Happiness Again” has been involved in and to establish “The Happiness Again – NAAMA Children Center” in Khalda, Amman for psychological services.
The new “Happiness Again – NAMMA Children Center” will:
1) Treat the children refugee through a 12-week program offers play and sand therapy, art therapy, and music therapy in addition to traditional psychiatric and psychological interventions.
2) Provide psychosocial therapy to about 200 refugee children per year, ages 6-12, who suffer from PTSD related to the war.
3) Help these children overcome their fears, regain their self-esteem and self-confidence, and become positive members to their community.
4) Support the families of the treated children through continuous home visits, consultations with the psychologist, and social development workshops to raise awareness about mental health issues and proper coping strategies.
We count on you and on your generous support to accomplish such a needed project. We hope that you will support NAAMA and Happiness Again in ensuring that these children are not “lost or forgotten”. Please join us and support “Post Cards to Syria”.
Please find attached how you can help. for more information please e mail or call us at:
The NAAMA MI chapter in collaboration with SAMS MI chapter organized a successful CME symposium on October 3rd, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Southfield. The meeting was well attended with more than 50 participants from different healthcare specialties. The symposium title was “Advances in Medicine” and they were 9 lectures that provided updates in the different field of medicine:
Dr. Abdulghani Sankari gave an update of the management of COPD including the role of different medications, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation.
Dr. Ahmad Ghabshah discussed the acute management of severe sepsis focusing on the role of fluid resuscitation, early antibiotics, and supportive measures during the care of these critically ill patients
Dr. Aref Rayes gave an overview about the recent developments in the management of viral hepatitis, especially Hepatitis C
Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi introduced new concepts in the testing for hyperlipidemia and provided evidence on potential for non-fasting lipid profile testing
Dr. Wasseem Salkini was kind to come back from West Virginia to give an overview about the development and applications of robot surgery
Dr. Zyad Kafri provided insight on the role of biomarkers in the management of variety of cancers and the new targeted therapies that were recently developed based on these markers
Dr. Mahir Elder discussed the management of submassive and massive pulmonary embolism and the role of catheter directed thrombolytic therapy
Dr. Ammar Hatahat updated the audience on the guidelines for the management of hypertension including recent evidence suggesting tighter control of blood pressure
Dr. Rany Aburashed lead the group in a lively discussion about multiple sclerosis, including pathogenesis, diagnosis and management
The lectures were well received the audience was very engaged with comments and questions. The feedback was outstanding and appreciative of the organization and speakers for their nonbiased presentations. The participants received their CME credit hours that were authorized through NAAMA.
Our members benefited from a valuable lecture on echo–estimated pulmonary hypertension on June 3rd at Fleming’s Steakhouse restaurant in Birmingham. The guest educator Dr. Ghulaim Saydain, assistant professor of Internal medicine Pulmonary Critical care & Sleep Division Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program in Wayne State University, presented a great lecture that covered various aspects on the topic. Dr. Saydain identified sources of error in the echo-estimate of right ventricular systolic or pulmonary arterial pressure, and talked about examining the echo report and the clinical co-morbidities for other features that suggest HFpEF as opposed to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Dr. Saydain also enlightened attendees on recognition of initial treatment failure as an indication for early referral and right heart catheterization by a team experienced in PAH patient management. The attendees also enjoyed a great dinner at Fleming’s Steakhouse.
The NAAMA ‘Match Day Party’ was held at the Emagine Royal Oak’s High Roller Room on the 28th of April 2015. The event was sponsored by NAAMA MI and the WSUSOM. A total of 25-30 students and residents attended the event representing WSU, OU, MSU, and DMC. Current NAAMA MI president Dr. Soubani led the evening with a game of bowling with the students. In addition to four lanes of bowling students enjoyed their time playing pool and shuffleboard. The highlight of the evening was a Dabke dance led by the students. Food and refreshments were provided during this casual and social atmosphere. The event was concluded with final remarks by Khalil Mroue, current NAAMA WSU president, congratulating those who are graduating and thanking the sponsors for making this event a success.
NAAMA, Michigan Chapter had their 2014 Annual Gala at the luxurious Dearborn Inn, where the outgoing President Dr.Ghassan M Saed said “I promised that I will increase membership and sponsors, and I did both”, and went on to summarized the activities of NAAMA throughout the year in the different areas of social, educational, athletic and philanthropy, and thanked the sponsors one by one on their support.
Dr. Nabil Elie Khoury received the prestigious Health Care Professional of the Year Award for hos long list of achievements including being a past NAAMA president, and students Emman Dabaja and Shaza Al-Holou were the scholarship recipients.
Dr. Ayman Soubani, the newly elected President, presented Dr. Ghassan Saed with an award, and thanked him for his energetic leadership, which he said will make his task easier this year.
Entertainment was provided by Saxophone Player Kamal Kareem, and Comedian Amer Zahr performed his stand up act and autographed books.
Allow us to introduce ourselves, we are Aws Hasan and Toufic Jildeh. We are two Arab American third year medical students at Wayne State University School of Medicine. We are both national NAAMA members and involved in the WSUSOM NAAMA chapter.
As newly minted third year students rotating at a predominately Arab American populated hospital, the widespread ignorance toward Arab American health practices has become increasingly apparent to both of us. This ignorance is prevalent at every level –from patient care tech to physician. We have observed gross disregard to Arab American cultural practices and neglect towards population demographics that could play a part in diagnosis. This should not be the case.
As the future of NAAMA, we believe that continuing education and awareness is important. We want to help our fellow attendings and residents become cognizant of the problems that Arab Americans face. We also want to work towards building a stronger Arab American physician network. We are in a unique place to have a widespread effect as we rotate through the different hospital specialties (e.g. family medicine, IM, surgery, OBGYN, etc).
With that said, we would like to inquire if there are any scholarship opportunities available to attend the upcoming NAAMA conference in San Diego. Both of us are hardworking students–we are active in our school’s student government as well as clinical and bench research. We are both at the top of the class, and both of us scored above one standard deviation above the mean on USMLE Step 1. This scholarship money will be put to good use. We intend on taking what we learn at the NAAMA San Diego conference, and reporting back to our peers at our local WSUSOM NAAMA chapter. We vow to raise awareness and work towards improving the state of Arab American health and physician networking.
Our members benefited from a dynamic and very valuable pain management CME program and dinner on May 15, 2014 in Southfield. Mazen Baisa, PharmD, MBA, ABAAHP, FAARM, CPE, FACA presented a timely lecture about advances in pain management to improve outcomes and enhance patient satisfaction. Over 116 million Americans struggle daily with chronic pain. Dr. Baisa enlightened our members and urged them to use a multimodal pain management strategy that includes topical pain medications. Our members learned to reduce the incidence of organ toxicity, drug interactions and the unpleasant side effects of oral medications by including topical pain formulations in treatment plans. A delicious dinner was provided by La Palma restaurant and more than 45 physicians thoroughly enjoyed the evening. This CME program was highly rated.