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Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability

Partner nation engagement, with the goal of building and supporting health system capabilities, is a critical element of global health engagement. Security threats from health catastrophes are real, and the spillover effects from breakdowns in health systems can be harder to contain than armed conflicts themselves. With this in mind, we are deeply invested in ensuring that our international partners have the capacity and the experience to address serious health threats, both in tandem with the U.S. Government, and on their own. Our collaboration with international partners also helps to improve our interoperability with their forces for future cooperation. 

Mil-Mil Partnerships

We conduct regular training exercises in the form of bilateral and multilateral partnership initiatives with foreign militaries to promote improved responses to threats to regional and global public health. These engagements are critical for producing an effective multinational response to threats like infectious disease or natural disaster, and they can also serve as a bridge to broader security and stability among nations. 

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Air Force medical team supports exercise in Panama

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5/29/2018
Air Force Master Sgt. Emeriles Curry, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron dental hygienist, provides dental care to a local man in the Coclé Province of Panama. To date, in 2-weeks’ worth of Medical Readiness Training Exercises, the teams working in conjunction with the Panamanian Ministry of Health, have seen nearly 4,700 patients. The medical team is participating in Exercise New Horizons 2018, which is a joint training exercise focused on medical, civil engineer and support service personnel’s ability to prepare, deploy, operate, and redeploy outside the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen)

The medical team has been working closely with Panamanian dentists

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Airman builds medical relationships in Vietnam

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12/29/2017
Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Cody Butler, a physical therapist and commander of the 78th Medical Group Clinical Medicine Flight, poses with other members of his engagement team in Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, Nov. 30, 2017. Butler was in Vietnam as part of a team seeing patients and building relationships with local physicians during the humanitarian assistance engagement Operation Pacific Angel Vietnam 2017. (Air Force photo by Jonathan Bell)

Operation Pacific Angel ensures the militaries in the Pacific region are able to work together should a humanitarian assistance need arise

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Increasing Partner-Nation Capacity Through Global Health Engagement

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12/6/2017

GHE operations, activities, and actions (OAA) are used to implement the Secretary of Defense Policy Guidance for DoD GHE and the U.S. Army Medicine 2017 Campaign Plan in direct support of the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) theater campaign plan (TCP) and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) theater campaign support plan.

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Navy doctors bring medical care to the Amazon

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12/5/2017
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nehkonti Adams, an infectious diseases specialist, left, and U.S. Navy Lt. Gregory Condos, an internal medicine specialist, middle, work with 2nd Lt. Raissa Vieira Sanchez, a Brazilian medical officer, right, to diagnose an elderly woman on her houseboat near a remote village along the Amazon River in Brazil. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Brame)

U.S. Navy doctors recently embarked aboard a Brazilian Navy hospital ship and began a month-long humanitarian mission that will take them deep into the Amazon

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Leaders discuss global health collaboration as powerful tool

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11/30/2017
At an AMSUS session, Dr. Terry Rauch describes how global health activities help facilitate readiness, security and international collaboration. (Courtesy photo)

Military health exchanges build trust, confidence and security over time

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METC graduates first international student from Liberia

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10/25/2017
Private First Class Yardy Collins from Monrovia, Liberia, and his fellow classmates wait for the start of the Medical Education and Training Campus preventive medicine specialist graduation ceremony October 20. Collins is the first international military student from Liberia to graduate from the program. (DoD photo by Lisa Braun)

Private First Class Yardy Collins holds the distinction of being the first international student from Liberia to graduate from the preventive medicine specialist program at the Medical Education and Training Campus on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston

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Army biomedical tech contributes to Senegalese medical readiness

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1/25/2017
U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Bostic, biomedical technician, and Senegalese biomedical technician Sgt. Delhie Olbnye, work together to repair a blood pressure monitor during Medical Readiness Training Exercise 17-1 at La Sante des Armees Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Simon Flake)

MEDRETE 17-1 is the first in a series of medical readiness training exercises that U.S. Army Africa is scheduled to facilitate within various countries in Africa

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U.S., German medics, nurses participate in joint medical conference

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U.S. Sailors hold medical training with Kenyan Defense Forces

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Department of Defense continues commitment to Global Health Security Agenda

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10/12/2016
Dr. Karen Guice, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, addressed attendees on the second day of the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Summit Sept. 14, 2016.

Department of Defense and other senior U.S. government leaders travel to the Netherlands to attend a summit on the Global Health Security Agenda

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