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Force Health Protection

Ensuring force health protection is one of the Department of Defense's (DoD’s) most critical priorities, and global health engagement is an essential part of that initiative. The U.S. military’s global reach means that our service members are affected by public health issues around the world. We have a responsibility to keep our forces medically ready and protected from all manner of global health threats, and this requires that we proactively engage these threats as comprehensively as possible. 

Global Biosurveillance

The DoD operates research and surveillance laboratories around the world–including Egypt, Peru, Thailand and several other countries. In close collaboration with host nation colleagues, DoD personnel at these facilities perform imperative, on-the-ground medical epidemiology and research, and monitor emerging global infectious disease threats.  These efforts result in important and long-lasting relationships with our international colleagues, as well as critical knowledge that is shared with counterparts at CDC, USAID, and the broader global health community. 

Medical Research & Development

The DoD has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in research to aid in the fight against global health threats. These investments have led to exciting breakthroughs in preventive medicine and vaccine research, with work underway to develop effective vaccines and other countermeasures to protect Service members, as well as citizens around the world, from deadly diseases like Ebola, malaria, dengue fever, and HIV

Preventive Medicine

Preventing the emergence of health crises, and well as mitigating those that have already erupted, is a necessity for ensuring global health security. DoD recognizes this need through its implementation of programs like the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), an on-the-ground effort that works alongside the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 60 countries around the world in the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV to help stem the spread of the virus in the developing world.

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Department of Defense Global, Laboratory-based Influenza Surveillance Program’s Influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates and surveillance trends, 2016 – 2017 Influenza Season

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Each year, the Department of Defense (DoD) Global, Laboratory-based Influenza Surveillance Program performs surveillance for influenza among service members of the DoD and their dependent family members. In addition to routine surveillance, vaccine effectiveness (VE) studies are performed and results are shared with the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization for vaccine evaluation. This report documents the annual surveillance trends for the 2016 – 2017 influenza season and the end-of-season VE results. The analysis was performed by the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Epidemiology Laboratory, and the DoD Influenza Surveillance Program staff at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH. FINDINGS: A total of 5,555 specimens were tested from 84 locations: •	2,486 (44.7%) negative •	1,382 (24.9%) influenza A •	1,093 (19.7%) other respiratory pathogens •	443 (8.0%) influenza B •	151 (2.7%) co-infections The predominant influenza strain was A (H3N2), representing 73.8% of all circulating influenza. Pie chart displays this information. Graph showing the numbers and percentages of respiratory specimens positive for influenza viruses, and numbers of influenza viruses identified, by type, by surveillance week, Department of Defense healthcare beneficiaries, 2016 – 2017 influenza season displays. The vaccine effectiveness (VE) for this season was slightly lower than for the 2015 – 2016 season, which had a 63% (95% confidence interval: 53% - 71%) adjusted VE. The adjusted VE for the 2016 – 2017 season was 48% protective against all types of influenza.  Access the full report in the January 2018 MSMR (Vol. 25, No. 1). Go to: www.Health.mil/MSMR

This infographic documents the annual surveillance trends for the 2016 – 2017 influenza season and the end-of-season vaccine effectiveness.

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Trauma Care in Support of Global Military Operations

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The Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Trauma System (JTS) revolutionized combat casualty care by creating a trauma system for the battlefield.

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Helping partner nations to build and sustain their health system capacities promotes health security around the world. Global health engagement helps to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats before they develop into global public health issues.

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Joint Pub 3-07, Stability Operations, September 29, 2011

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MHS Training Directive for Medical Stability Operations

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MHS Training Directive for Medical Stability Operations

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