Djiboutian Children, Adults Cared For During MEDCAP

CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Hoffman, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion noncommissioned officer in charge of operations, performs a blood pressure check on a patient during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and share best practices during the event.  Hoffman is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash. and is originally from Beaver Dam, Wis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Hoffman, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion noncommissioned officer in charge of operations, performs a blood pressure check on a patient during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and share best practices during the event. Hoffman is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash. and is originally from Beaver Dam, Wis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano)
Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Erin Millea, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility dentist, injects anesthesia into a patient's gums before a tooth extraction during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and share best practices during the event. Millea is deployed from the U.S. Naval Academy and is originally from Omaha, Neb.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Erin Millea, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility dentist, injects anesthesia into a patient's gums before a tooth extraction during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and share best practices during the event. Millea is deployed from the U.S. Naval Academy and is originally from Omaha, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - Dr. Degan Abdillahi, Djiboutian dentist, injects anesthesia into her patient's gums before performing dental work during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - Dr. Degan Abdillahi, Djiboutian dentist, injects anesthesia into her patient's gums before performing dental work during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - Petty Officer 2nd Class John Gorey, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility pharmacist technician, sorts pills to fill a prescription during the Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local residents and to share best practices during the event.  Gorey is deployed from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Md., and is originally from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - Petty Officer 2nd Class John Gorey, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility pharmacist technician, sorts pills to fill a prescription during the Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local residents and to share best practices during the event. Gorey is deployed from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Md., and is originally from Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Spc. Danielle Gregory, Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team specialist, checks in patients before they are directed to a doctor during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local Chebelley residents and to share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Spc. Danielle Gregory, Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team specialist, checks in patients before they are directed to a doctor during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local Chebelley residents and to share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - Villagers wait to be seen by Djiboutian and U.S. health care providers during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to Chebelley residents and to share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - Villagers wait to be seen by Djiboutian and U.S. health care providers during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to Chebelley residents and to share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - A Djiboutian child looks on as service members and Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to set up for a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to Chebelley residents and to share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - A Djiboutian child looks on as service members and Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to set up for a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to Chebelley residents and to share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - A U.S. service member examines a Djiboutian child's ear during the Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - A U.S. service member examines a Djiboutian child's ear during the Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - A Djiboutian doctor checks a child's height during a Medical Civic Action Program in Chebelley, Djibouti, Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - A Djiboutian doctor checks a child's height during a Medical Civic Action Program in Chebelley, Djibouti, Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S Army Maj. Eric Richter, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team doctor, listens to the heartbeat of a Chebelley village elder during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th CAB Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and to share best practices during the event. Richter is from Fort Carson, Colo., and is originally from Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S Army Maj. Eric Richter, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team doctor, listens to the heartbeat of a Chebelley village elder during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Joint Civil Affairs Teams and 448th CAB Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and to share best practices during the event. Richter is from Fort Carson, Colo., and is originally from Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S Army Spc. Adam Linden, Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team medic, speaks to a family about their health concerns during the Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The JCATs and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event. Linden is deployed from Los Gatos, Calif. and is originally from Fort Lewis, Wash.  (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Gary Ward) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S Army Spc. Adam Linden, Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team medic, speaks to a family about their health concerns during the Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The JCATs and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event. Linden is deployed from Los Gatos, Calif. and is originally from Fort Lewis, Wash. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Gary Ward)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Hoffman, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion noncommissioned officer in charge of operations, checks a patient's pulse during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event. Hoffman is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash., and is originally from Beaver Dam, Wis. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Gary Ward) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Hoffman, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion noncommissioned officer in charge of operations, checks a patient's pulse during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event. Hoffman is deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash., and is originally from Beaver Dam, Wis. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Gary Ward)
CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Erin Millea, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility dentist, greets a young patient during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and to share best practices during the event. Millea is deployed from the U.S. Naval Academy and is originally from Omaha, Neb. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Gary Ward) CJTF-HOA Photo CHEBELLEY, Djibouti (Oct. 6, 2012) - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Erin Millea, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility dentist, greets a young patient during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic in Chebelley, Djibouti, on Oct. 6, 2012. The Djibouti Joint Civil Affairs Team and 448th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care and to share best practices during the event. Millea is deployed from the U.S. Naval Academy and is originally from Omaha, Neb. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Gary Ward)

More than 300 Djiboutians received health care from U.S. and Djiboutian medical personnel who partnered during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic Oct. 6 and 7, 2012, in Chebelley village, located in Arta district, Djibouti.

Two Joint Civil Affairs Teams and the Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team - all from the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash., and deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa - worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of Health personnel to provide medical and dental care to local villagers and to share best practices during the event.

"We have a program between the U.S. and the Djiboutian government under the area of health," said Djibouti Minister of Health Ali Yocoub Mahamoud. "The American government is helping us in a very important way. The American military is building health centers and organizing medical visits. They are planned a year ahead of time and we are at the last medical visit for 2012 today. We are extremely grateful for the U.S. military."

According to Mahamoud, the MEDCAP shows the U.S. military's focus on conducting cooperative efforts with the Djiboutian people here.

"We are building good relationships while enhancing capacity with ourselves, the Djiboutian military and the local community, while showing the importance of health care," said U.S. Army Capt. John Miller, JCAT team leader. "The Djiboutian doctors are taking care of their own people using the best practices we've shown them."

Early on the morning of Oct. 6 the JCAT and medical personnel showed up to the village, where there was a newly-built medical clinic, and began to set up tents and tables and prepare medical supplies. When doors opened at 8 a.m., Chebelley residents were lined up awaiting care.

"Today we are [serving as] security, and setting up a water tank for the patients to drink from and a tent for the patients to wait in," said Djibouti Army 1st Lieutenant Said Abdi, Arta Combined Arms Military Academy chief of staff."

According to Abdi, a lot of coordination took place to make this happen, and according to Miller it was the first time the Djibouti military has supported a MEDCAP.

Inside, the clinic was organized so patients were able to check in at the general desk where the doctors diagnosed their problems and sent them to a needs-specific care room. Facility rooms included women's health, cardiology, pediatrics, optometry, dental care and a pharmacy.

"I think it's an awesome opportunity to come out here and help in any capacity that we can," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Erin Millea, Emergency Medical Facility dental officer. "It's a learning opportunity for technicians and practitioners alike. It's rewarding to help anyone we can."

Although patients had various medical problems, most were related to women's health, pediatrics and general aches and pains. Djiboutian and U.S. doctors shared facility rooms and equipment as they worked side-by-side to help as many people as they could.

"The positive results would not have been achieved if there had not been the mutual cooperation between the Djiboutian and U.S. militaries," said U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Kevin Morgan, Djibouti JCAT sergeant. "From this, friendships were developed and best practices were shared."

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