August 1, 2020
8th ANNUAL SAMA WALK.
In spite of the COVID-19, SAMA held its 8th annual walk. We are grateful to the ones who could come and show their support personally. We are also thank full to the many who could not come but send a donations. All together, we raised about $6,000!!!
At this moment, there is a little more than $30,000 on our account. We have signed agreements with the directors of health centers in Pec-Gorazdevac and Velika Hoca in Kosovo-Metohija where the most basic material and medicine are badly needed. With the funds available, we are also hoping to help the infectious disease clinic in Belgrade, which despite very vetuste building infrastructure continues to play the central role in the treatment of patients with infectious disorders throughout the region.
We wish to thank all of you who have donated for your generous suoport and hope to be able to count on you in the future.
In good health,
The Serbian American Medical Association (SAMA) is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to improve healthcare conditions, accessibility, and medical education across the Balkans by donating medical equipment, renovating hospital infrastructure and providing mentorship to health providers. We come from all parts of former Yugoslavia, live across North America, and are professionals in both medical and non-medical fields. We are united by a profound desire to have an impact and a belief in a better future for the Balkans.
NEWS AND UPDATES
July 10, 2020
Dear friends of SAMA,
As you know, many parts of Serbia have been experiencing a rapid uptick in COVID-19 cases and deaths after lockdown restrictions were lifted last month. We have been in touch with several health center directors with whom we have worked on projects in the past about the current state of affairs in their hospitals. While the patient volume has been increasing significantly, there appears to be no immediate shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) or ventilators. However, as this trend in patient volume continues, shortages might become a problem in the near future.
While SAMA activities have been mostly suspended for the year, we feel compelled at this time to support the efforts of healthcare providers in Serbia who risk their lives daily in service of our Serbian brothers and sisters. As such, SAMA is raising funds for health centers throughout Serbia, in anticipation of future demand for PPE.
If you are interested in contributing towards our fundraising efforts, or if you would like to learn more about how these funds will be used, please follow this link.
Lastly, we recognize the financial hardships brought on by the pandemic. If you are unable to donate, please support our campaign by sharing this link or email with others in your community.
We thank you for your support and hope to see you soon.
In good health,
July 01, 2020
At the request of Dr. Mithat Music, surgeon at the Novi Pazar Health Center, SAMA purchased EKG, pulse oximeters and patient monitors worth a total of $9,983.07. All these have been purchased and are ready for delivery.
We wish for our friends and compatriots from Novi Pazar to stay safe and healthy, and we are looking forward to meet them in September during our trip thru Serbia.
Thank you to all of you who with your generosity have helped all the citizens of Serbia during these hard times.
June 20, 2020
Due to the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Serbian American Medical Association's activities have been very limited.
SAMA is closely following the developments in Serbia and we are in regular contact with physicians with whom we have been sharing experiences and available data.
We realize that SAMA can only have a relatively small impact on the situation, especially considering that Serbia is already been helped by several governments (Serbia, China, EU, Russia) and has received millions of dollars worth of donations from individuals. It is important to know that according to official government statements there appears to be sufficient supplies of equipment and material such as respirators and PPE.
We expect that when this epidemic passes there will be more systematic investment in the Serbian health infrastructure. The main hospital in charge of fighting this epidemic (Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Belgrade) is in horrible shape (see pictures SAMA took during a visit in 2018 and the following link) and promises made by the Serbian government have been made that construction of new buildings was imminent. Dr. Stevanovic, director of the clinic, was doubtful that this would happen and asked for help in reconstructing few patient rooms.
We do plan to go and visit Serbia as soon as the situation allows. We have few projects in preparation including help to Serbian enclaves in Kosovo, as well as the above mentioned project for the Infectious Clinic.
As always, we are hopeful that together we can continue to support the people in Serbia and the Balkans. We are greatly thankful for all your help.