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Chilean Army Hosts Vector Control Practices Seminar
May 2, 2018
— Military doctors and veterinarians from the Chilean Army, U.S. Army, U.S Air Force and the Uruguayan Navy gathered in Santiago, Chile, for a Vector Control Practices seminar hosted by the Chilean Army Health Command and sponsored U.S. Army South. The primary focus for this professional military to military engagement is to keep Soldiers, service...
Health Authorities from the Chilean and US Army Visited the Institute of Public Health (ISP) Facilities
April 30, 2018
— In the framework of the 120 anniversary of the Veterinary Service of the Army of Chile, on Friday, April 20, the authorities of the Directorate of Health, together with the Veterinary Corps of the Southern Command of the US Army, visited the premises of the Institute of Public Health of Chile (ISP) to discuss prevention and control of diseases in...
U.S. Veterinary Officers Hold A Seminar in the Chilean Army Health Command
April 19, 2018
— In the context of the 120th Anniversary of the Veterinary Service that takes place on April 18, a seminar on "Vector Control in Military Operations", given by the Veterinary and Health Officers of the Ministry of Health, takes place between the 16th and the 20th of this month. US Army in the Army Health Command, and directed to the personnel of the...
Pacific Partnership 2016 Departs Indonesia, Completing Final Mission Stop
August 31, 2016
— PADANG, Indonesia (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2016, embarked aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), departed its final mission stop, Padang, Indonesia, Aug. 30.Personnel completed two weeks of humanitarian assistance disaster response collaboration and training, medical and engineering subject matter expert exchanges, cooperative health...
Former IHS Director used twenty years of medical experience to further program goals
August 23, 2016
— How does one find their way into a career as an Air Force Medical Service International Health Specialist? For Col. Alan Chambers, the former IHS program director, he knew at the young age of twelve that he wanted to work in the international health care realm. At least, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the world through medicine. He was...
Pacific Partnership 2016 Arrives in Indonesia
August 19, 2016
— PADANG, Indonesia (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2016, embarked aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Padang, Indonesia, Aug. 18 for the final mission stop of 2016.This year marks the fifth time the mission has visited Indonesia and will include partner nations' military forces from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of...
Pacific Partnership 2016 Completes First Live SAR Field Training Exercise in Vietnam
July 29, 2016
— DA NANG, Vietnam (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership service members from New Zealand, the U.S. and Australia supported a Da Nang border guard-led Search and Rescue Field Training Exercise (SAR FTX) July 26 that began on the Han River and concluded aboard Vietnam people's navy hospital ship Khanh Hoa and USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).The FTX was the result of...
Diverse experience in Air Force leads to career in global health engagement
July 27, 2016
— The path taken by Lt. Col. Ruben Matos demonstrates just what it takes to build a career in global health engagement in the Air Force Medical Service. He is a native of Puerto Rico, fluent in Spanish, and recently assumed the Deputy Director position of the AFMS’ International Health Specialist program. His career path is a strong example of how a...
Global Health Engagement: A Military Medicine Core Competency
January 1, 2016
— In his February 2014 testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson articulated six strategic lines of effort supporting then–Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s “six strategic priorities for reshaping our forces and institutions for a different future.” Dr. Woodson’s sixth line of effort was to “expand our global health engagement strategy.” This article is an overview of U.S. global health engagement, including such topics as current guidelines, health as a strategic enabler, health in disaster management, and future directions for global health engagement....
The Future of Department of Defense Global Health Engagement
January 1, 2016
— The term global health has come into common usage in recent years and encompasses various matters relevant to health, including diseases that cross international borders, factors that affect public health globally, and the interconnectedness of health matters around the globe. Diseases that have been unevenly distributed across the world have been of concern to militaries for centuries, perhaps throughout history. Historians record that the decimation of Napoleon’s army during his invasion of Russia was the result of starvation, severe weather, and disease, the most important of which was typhus, which killed over 80,000 troops.1 His retreating army then spread typhus throughout Europe. Likewise, typhoid fever was a serious problem in World War I and the American Civil War.2 Spanish troops were severely affected by yellow fever during the Spanish-American War, and Spanish influenza had disproportionate and decisive effects during World War I.3 Colonization of Africa, Asia, and Latin America by Western powers led to increased awareness of diseases that were generally exotic to the imposing country, motivating interest in developing means of prevention and control of diseases. Examples of efforts emanating from such interest include the work of Walter Reed and William C. Gorgas in defining the transmission and prevention of yellow fever, research regarding cholera and diarrhea in Bangladesh, and the establishment of research laboratories (for example, the Pasteur Institute and Medical Research Council laboratories in Africa). Conversely, the invasion and colonization of foreign lands has also long been known to result in the introduction of exotic disease into the occupied lands, with the importation of smallpox and syphilis into North America by colonists as outstanding examples....