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Global Health Engagement

The Department of Defense executes Global Health Engagement or "GHE" activities to establish and improve the capabilities of Partner Nations' military or civilian health sectors, or those of the DoD. 

Global Health Engagement Spotlight

DoD's GHE activities advance operational readiness and protect our troops, build interoperability so we can work more effectively with the armed forces of our partner nations, and enhance security cooperation so DoD can establish and maintain strong relationships around the world.  A key enabler to regional stability and security for DoD's combatant commands, GHE reduces risks to U.S. armed forces while fostering mission capability of partner nations' forces so that together, we can continue working effectively to defend global interests. 

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #4

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2/13/2020

From mid-DEC 2019 to 13 FEB 2020, 59,822 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including1,367 deaths (case fatality proportion 2.3%), have been reported in mainland China. On 12 FEB, the Chinese government reported asubstantial increase in cases (+15,074) and deaths (+253). This is due to an expanded case definition (applicable only in Hubei Province) that includes clinically-diagnosed cases in addition to individuals testing positive via PCR. Additionally, 525 confirmed cases have been reported in 27 countries and regions outside of mainland China, including USINDOPACOM (15), USEUCOM (9), USNORTHCOM 2), and USCENTCOM (1).

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #3

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2/10/2020

From mid-DEC to 6 FEB, 28,085 confirmed cases of infection with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including 565 deaths (case fatality proportion 2.0%) have been reported in mainland China. Additionally, 259 confirmed cases have been reported in 27 countries and regions outside of mainland China, including 15 countries/regions in USINDOPACOM, nine in USEUCOM, two in USNORTHCOM, and one in USCENTCOM.

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MHS prepared to support interagency coronavirus response

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2/6/2020
Airmen assist one another in donning their personal protective equipment, while on-board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during transportation isolation system training at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Engineered and implemented after the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, the TIS is an enclosure the Department of Defense can use to safely transport patients with diseases like novel coronavirus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller)

From R&D to force health protection, MHS protects DoD personnel and families

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #1

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2/4/2020

From mid-DEC to 24 JAN, Chinese health officials have reported 830 cases of infection (25 deaths, case fatality proportion 3%) with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)in mainland China (29 provinces), with the majority (56%) of cases reported from the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, the presumed epicenter of the outbreak.

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #2

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2/4/2020

From mid-DEC to 30 JAN, 8,124 cases of infection with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including171 deaths (case fatality proportion 2.1%) have been reported in mainland China. Additionally, 112 cases have been reported in 21 countries and regions outside of mainland China, including 15 countries/regions in USINDOPACOM, three in USEUCOM, two in USNORTHCOM, and one in USCENTCOM.

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DoD releases guidance to protect forces from novel coronavirus

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1/31/2020
The novel coronavirus is a variant of other coronaviruses, such as this colorized transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus particles (blue) found near the periphery of an infected VERO E6 cell (yellow). Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by NIAID)

Basic infection controls offer best defense against illness

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Coronavirus: What providers, patients should know

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1/24/2020
A dental assistant with the 319th Medical Group, demonstrates proper sanitary procedure by putting on a face mask at the medical treatment facility on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.

What to do now that virus has appeared in U.S.

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DTRA contributes to historic Ebola vaccine effort

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1/17/2020
Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Nembhard, an aeromedical evacuation technician assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, straps a simulated Ebola patient to a litter during a Transport Isolation System training exercise at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Megan Munoz)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves new Ebola vaccine

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Air Force International Health Specialist builds medical capability in Iraq

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12/30/2019
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jessica Cowden, Infectious Disease Programs chief with the Defense Institute for Medical Operations, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, poses for a photo with the NATO Mission Iraq Embedded Training Team during the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, June 25, 2019. (Photo By Josh Mahler)

Cowden’s work facilitated the exchange of medical knowledge and practices between Kurdish and Iraqi security forces.

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Global Health Engagement strengthens partnerships

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12/20/2019
U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Sullivan, a pediatrician assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort, gives a sticker to a two-year-old boy after examining his skin infection at a temporary medical treatment site in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. During Comfort’s deployment, the crew worked with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos)

GHE advances U.S. national security interests around the world

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Ship-based Global Health Engagement

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12/4/2019
Navy Capt. Heather King, executive director of the TriService Nursing Research Program at the Uniformed Services University, details the process of ship-based global health engagement missions during the October 22, 2019, Medical Museum Science Café titled "Ship-Based Global Health Engagement Missions: Expanding Global Partnerships" at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland. (NMHM photo)

Global health engagement is an important priority for military medicine

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Network of researchers advancing warfighter readiness

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12/4/2019
Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, the assistant director for Combat Support at DHA, delivered the keynote address at the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance Scientific and Programmatic Advancement Meeting, GSPAM. He emphasized the importance of Force Health Protection measures and linked the GEIS mission to DHA’s combat support mission. (DoD photo)

In fiscal year 2020, GEIS awarded approximately $60 million to more than 20 DoD laboratories and U.S. government partners

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World AIDS Day puts spotlight on landmark DoD study

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12/2/2019
Dr. John Mascola, director of the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center, discusses HIV vaccine progress at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Nov. 26, during a World AIDS Day commemoration.  (U.S. Army photo)

Vaccine study shows infection risk lowered by 31 percent, offering hope for future

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USNS Comfort strengthens partnership with Jamaica

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11/7/2019
Navy Cmdr. Sara Naczas, a nurse assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort, helps a boy roll his yo-yo at a temporary medical treatment site in Kingston, Jamaica. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at a temporary medical treatment site, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos)

This marks the Comfort’s third visit to Jamaica

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Honduran MEDRETEs provide invaluable surgical, training opportunities

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10/30/2019
Air Force Maj. Julia Nuelle, chief of Orthopaedic Hand and Microvascular Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, poses for a photo with a pediatric patient and her mother during a Medical Readiness Exercise in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The team finished their mission by visiting their patients and delivering toys and coloring books to the hospital's pediatric ward. (Courtesy photo by Army Lt. Col. Lori Tapley)

MEDRETEs play a critical role in the training and readiness of military medical personnel

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