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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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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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CGHE: A look back at an eventful year

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12/1/2017
Navy Capt. (Dr.) Jamie Reeves (left) and Air Force Major (Dr.) Geoff Oravec (center, right), of the Uniformed Services University's Center for Global Health Engagement participated in Exercise RIMPAC 2016 with Captain Sun Tao, head of the medical element of the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. During the exercise, CGHE delivered its Fundamentals for Global Health Engagement course, which brought together about 30 Chinese Navy medical officers with medical officers from Australia, Canada, and the US Navy.  (Uniformed Services University photo)

This year has been an exceptional one at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE).

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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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AFHSB's health surveillance program supports Defense Department global health engagement efforts

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11/30/2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joshua Douglass, left, an aerospace medical technician, watches as Liberian health care workers properly put on their personal protective equipment as part response by the Defense Department operation to provide logistics, training and engineering support during the Ebola virus outbreak. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes)

Navy Commander Franca R. Jones, chief of the Global Emerging Infections section at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) discusses how AFHSB's health surveillance program supports the Defense Department global health engagement efforts.

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DoD's international HIV/AIDS prevention program saves lives, builds lasting relationships

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11/30/2017
Air Force Capt. Crystal Karahan, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces Africa international health specialist, talks to Cameroonian nursing students during a clean site delivery workshop in Douala, Cameroon. (Courtesy photo)

MHS honors World AIDS Day December 1

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U.S. Department of Defense Continued Support to the Global Health Security Agenda: Updates from Korea

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11/29/2017
Left to right: LTC Seungwoo Park, Republic of Korea MND, MG Ben Yura Rimba, Indonesia TNI, and Dr. J. Christopher Daniel, U.S. DoD.

In late July, the Global Health Security Agenda (link is external) (GHSA) Steering Group (link is external), chaired by the Republic of Korea, convened in Seoul to discuss ongoing implementation of the GHSA (link is external)

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DoD Medical Professionals Engage with Partner Nations in Singapore during APMHE 2017

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11/29/2017
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Medical professionals and leaders from across the Department of Defense engaged with partner nation colleagues while participating in the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange 17 (APMHE) in Singapore May 23-26.

Navy, international entomologists collaborate to fight malaria

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11/13/2017
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ian Sutherland, technical director for the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence, sprays insecticide at the Centro De Atención Mis Años Dorados, a local nursing home, during Southern Partnership Station 17. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady)

The Navy Entomology Center of Excellence has taken an important role in reducing malaria

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UK-US partnership to advance interoperability between military medical services

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11/9/2017
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery signs a Task Force Charter with the acting Surgeon General of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Major General Martin Bricknell, continuing a UK-US partnership to advance interoperability between military medical services. McCaffery reaffirmed that the partnership enables both countries to better equip our Armed Forces community with the best possible medical support and capabilities for service personnel, veterans, and their families. By sharing information and developing opportunities for combined training and collaborative research, the United States and United Kingdom are committed to advancing military medical services and working side-by-side in defense of global interests.

Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery signs a Task Force Charter with the acting Surgeon General of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Major General Martin Bricknell, continuing a UK-US partnership to advance interoperability between military medical services.

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Strengthening capabilities, fostering partnership top priorities at global health summit

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10/27/2017
Admiral Tim Ziemer, head of U.S. delegation, giving remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.

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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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Review of the U.S. Military’s Human Immunodeficiency Virus program: A legacy of the progress and a future of promise

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10/3/2017
HIV infection is a threat of the Department of Defense (DoD) because sexually active service members and their beneficiaries are stationed throughout the U.S. and around the globe, including in areas with high rates of HIV transmission. Fortunately, blood testing and a negative test result for HIV infection are required for entry into military service. All U.S. military service members must undergo testing for HIV infection every 2 years. As a result, the incidence and prevalence of HIV in the DoD remains much lower than in the U.S. civilian population.

This infographic documents the incidence and prevalence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among service members, active and reserve components, of the U.S. Armed Forces, 1990 – 2017.

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DoD Instruction 2000.30: Global Health Engagement Activities

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the conduct of global health engagement activities with partner nation (PN) entities.

Routine Screening for HIV Antibodies Among Male Civilian Applicants

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3/24/2017
This graphic shows the results of routine screening for antibodies to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) among both male civilian applicants for U.S. military service and male service members of the U.S. Armed Forces, active component - Army during  January 2015 through June 2016 surveillance period. 368,369 males out of 463,132 civilian applicants for U.S. military service were tested for antibodies to HIV. Out of 124 civilian applicants that were HIV positive, 114 were male. Throughout the period, seroprevalences were much higher among males than females.  As for U.S. Armed Forces active component, 467,011 male service members out of 548,974 were tested for antibodies to HIV. Out of 120 soldiers that were HIV positive 117 were male. Annual seroprevalences for male active component Army members greatly exceed those of females. During the 2015, on average, one new HIV infection was detected among active duty army soldiers per 5,265 screening tests.  HIV-1 is the cause of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and has had major impacts on the health of populations and on healthcare systems worldwide. Of 515 active component soldiers diagnosed with HIV infections since 2011, a total of 291 (57%) were still in the military. Get tested and learn more by reading the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report at Health.Mil/MSMR.

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