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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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Medical experts from six African nations, the United Kingdom and the United States, participated in a Virtual Pandemic Preparation and Response Engagement exercise.

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New Army surveillance program designed to keep service members safe

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Collecting vector samples allows for PHC-P scientists to analyze areas of interest for potential vector-borne diseases that could impact the health of the force.

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Army 2nd becomes the first USU medical student to receive the Order of the Military Medical Merit.

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AFHSD’s GEIS collect data worldwide to support force protection

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AFHSD/GEIS continue work with partners across the globe in their efforts to combat COVID-19 and protect military readiness.

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Forging of civil-military anvil against COVID-19 focus at GHSA

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BAMC, Argentine Army medical providers share COVID-19 best practices

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Multinational trauma course aims to standardize battlefield care

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The international course...was aimed at providing unit-level health care providers life-saving instruction to increase survivability at the point of injury.

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Navy tele-health supports Guam civilian hospital during COVID-19

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Defense Health Agency celebrates seven years of service

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The GEIS FVBI program supports vector and vector-borne disease surveillance projects in more than 40 countries around the world.

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Defending the Homeland: Air Force International Health Specialists bring experience to pandemic response

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DoD Establishes Collaborative Virus Genetic Sequencing Capability for COVID-19

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COVID-19 sequencing process will provide military commanders and other DoD leadership with critical information to guide force health protection decision-making.

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