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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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U.S. Army Medical Laboratory Forges Relationship with Australian Defence Force Institute

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American soldiers from the 1st Area Medical Laboratory were hosted by their counterparts at the Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute in Brisbane, Australia. Find out what was discussed at this meeting to strengthen critical relationships, save lives, and enable both sides' mission readiness.

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A Team Approach Strengthens African Partner Medical Capabilities

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The African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership was initiated to rapidly deploy peacekeeping operations in Africa. Find out how this five-year program culminated in closer partnerships as well as establishing processes required to sustain logistics, medical planning, combat casualty care, and infection control.

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Canadian Medical Team on USNS Comfort Completes Continuing Promise 2022

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"Continuing Promise 2022" continues to deliver. See how the U.S. Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy integrated seamlessly to provide medical services, and humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief projects in the U.S. Southern Command while strengthening our bond as neighbors and allies.

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Celebrates Opening of New Training Center

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It's been eight years in the making! Now, learn more about this ceremonial culmination of a large, global collaboration toward preventing future disease outbreaks and biological threats.

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DHA Leaders Accept Prestigious Award on Behalf of NATO Working Group

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GHSA Meeting Discusses Collaboration on Global Health Security

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U.S. Army Enlisted Medical Soldiers to Receive Extended Training at Civilian Trauma Centers

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U.S. Army enlisted medical personnel will now be assigned for one to two years at civilian trauma centers that partner with the U.S. Army to increase deployment preparedness. At the Army Medicine’s Inaugural Military-Civilian Partnership Summit held at the Defense Health Headquarters earlier this month, the Army Surgeon General explained to partners the importance of expanding training opportunities for enlisted personnel with the combat medic being the highest priority.

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Project Crimson 22 experiments with New Medical Technology for the Battlefield

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When the packages hit the ground, medical warriors scramble to retrieve critical supplies. See how an unmanned medical supply aircraft helps military personnel preserve lives in battlefield emergencies.

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U.S., Angola Host Bi-lateral Military Medical Readiness Exercise

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The Angolan Armed Forces, in partnership with the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa and 807th Medical Command, U.S. Army Reserve, are hosting a medical readiness exercise in Luanda, Angola.

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Enhancing Public Health Interoperability for the Joint Force

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Members of Army Public Health Command Europe strengthened their partnership with sister services in a U.S. Air Force led Public Health Emergency Management training exercise held at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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Army Medical Research and Development Command Helps Pave Way to Aid Injured in Ukraine

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Dr. Oleksandr Sokolov has been working 'round-the-clock for almost a year now. A vascular surgeon by trade, Sokolov is one of a small team of medical professionals currently performing a variety of life-saving surgical procedures to people injured in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, under what can rightly be considered some of the most difficult conditions imaginable.

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Arkansas Air Guardsmen Provide Medical Care in Guatemala

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Arkansas U. S. Air National Guard members helped provide medical care in Guatemala alongside United States and foreign military, government and civilian personnel during the Continuing Promise 2022 mission from Oct. 26 to 31.

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USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk in Support of Continuing Promise 2022

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Continuing Promise medical teams will focus on working alongside partner nation medical personnel to provide care aboard and at land-based medical sites to increase medical readiness, strengthen partnerships, and enhance the combined capabilities of the U.S. Navy and partner nations to respond to public health disasters and humanitarian crises.

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U.S. Medical Evaluators Work With Multinational Counterparts to Evaluate Task Force in Czech Republic

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Twenty-four NATO medical professionals from 11 countries conducted a medical evaluation during exercise "Medical Man 2022" at the Czech Military Health Agency Facility in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, Sept. 17-21.

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U.S. Africa Command Special Operations Forces Host Medical Civic Action Program in Ghana

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U.S. Army Civil Affairs members representing Special Operations Command Africa hosted a medical civic action program with Ghanaian soldiers from the 6th Infantry Battalion in Yendi, Ghana, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2022. The team oversaw the treatment of approximately 1,000 patients during the MEDCAP’s two-day duration.

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