New health clinic opens in Sankal; US assist in opening

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks for the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. Deputy Commander speaks to Sankal, Djibouti residents at clinic opening

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks for the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system. The U.S. has supported more than 90 percent of all World Health Clinics in Djibouti.

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, receives a gift from Sankal officals during the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014.  Deputy Commander receives gift during clinic opening

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, receives a gift from Sankal officals during the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014.  The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system The U.S. has supported more than 90 percent of all World Health Clinics in Djibouti. 

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks for the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. Deputy Commander speaks to residents during health clinic opening

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks for the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system. Krongard referred to the facility as a stepping stone in support of the universal human desire for good health. 

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks for the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. Dep. Commander speaks during clinic opening ceremony

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks for the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system. Krongard referred to the facility as a stepping stone in support of the universal human desire for good health. 

Residents of Sankal, Djibouti, clap for a guest speaker during the opening remarks of the Sankal Health Clinic opening Feb. 13, 2014. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leadership, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti and key Djiboutian personnel in Eastern Africa traveled to Sankal and participated the opening ceremony of the new health clinic. Sankal Residents Applaud Guest Speaker

Left-- Residents of Sankal, Djibouti, clap for a guest speaker during the opening remarks of the Sankal Health Clinic opening Feb. 13, 2014. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leadership, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti and key Djiboutian personnel in Eastern Africa traveled to Sankal and participated the opening ceremony of the new health clinic. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system.

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, gives a polio vaccination to a Sankal, Djibouti, boy after the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. Deputy Commander gives polio vaccination at clinic opening

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, gives a polio vaccination to a Sankal, Djibouti, boy after the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system. Krongard referred to the facility as a stepping stone in support of the universal human desire for good health. 

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, and Julie Stufft, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti, Deputy Chief of Mission, were given a tour of the Sankal Health Clinic, Djibouti, after the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. U.S. Staff take tour of Sankal Health Clinic

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, and Julie Stufft, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti, Deputy Chief of Mission, were given a tour of the Sankal Health Clinic, Djibouti, after the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system The U.S. has supported more than 90 percent of all World Health Clinics in Djibouti. 

Julie Stufft, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti, Deputy Chief of Mission, receives a gift from Sankal officials after the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014. Deptuy Chief of Mission receives gift after clinic opening

Julie Stufft, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti, Deputy Chief of Mission, receives a gift from Sankal officials after the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system The U.S. has supported more than 90 percent of all World Health Clinics in Djibouti. 

A child walks back to her family during the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014. Child Walks Back to Family Health Clinic Opening

A child walks back to her family during the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leadership, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti and key Djiboutian personnel in Eastern Africa traveled to Sankal, Djibouti, and participated the opening ceremonies of the new health. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system. 

Julie Stufft, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti, Deputy Chief of Mission, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks of the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014.  Deputy Chif of Mission speaks during opening remarks of health clinic

Julie Stufft, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti, Deputy Chief of Mission, speaks to Sankal, Djibouti, residents during the opening remarks of the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2014.  The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system The U.S. has supported more than 90 percent of all World Health Clinics in Djibouti. 

Ramadan Mohamed Bouh, registered nurse, talks to a patient shortly after the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014. registered nurse talks to patient after clinic opening

Ramadan Mohamed Bouh, registered nurse, talks to a patient shortly after the Sankal Health Clinic opening ceremony in Djibouti, Feb. 13, 2014. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leadership, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti and key Djiboutian personnel in Eastern Africa traveled to Sankal and participated in the opening ceremonies of the new health clinic. The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system. 

U.S. military, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti and key Djiboutian personnel in Eastern Africa traveled to Sankal, Djibouti, and participated in opening ceremonies for a new health clinic Feb. 13, 2014.

Rear Adm. Alexander Krongard, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) deputy commander, received a warm welcome from the Sankal residents and said he was very pleased with the end result of the clinic.

“Today is the culmination of over two years of hard work and collaboration between the Ministry of Health, USAID, and the U.S. military engineers from the Combined Joint Task-Horn of Africa; the local contractor “Enterprise Alla-Amin,” and the inhabitants of Sankal who were here while this project was in progress, from its start to its completion,” Krongard said during his opening remarks.

The $322,000 facility includes a, maternity center, living quarters for duty nurses, an incinerator and three cisterns. Solar panels were also installed for electricity, and a water distribution system was connected to the village's existing water supply system.

Krongard said this facility is a stepping stone in support of the universal human desire for good health. “When a country’s citizens are healthy, they can turn their attention toward daily activities that can help their families and their village to prosper,” he said.

One of CJTF-HOA’s objectives is to improve conditions for Djiboutian citizens and Krongard expressed his appreciation to the residents of Sankal for, “their continued support of U.S. Forces in Djibouti. We could not be in this county without the acceptance and support of the Government of the Republic of Djibouti and all the Djiboutian citizens.”

This clinic isn’t the first the U.S. has supported. Julie Stufft, U.S. Embassy-Djibouti Deputy Chief of Mission, pointed out the U.S. has supported more than 90 percent of all World Health Clinics in Djibouti and it won’t stop there.

“We will continue to support the Ministry of Health to provide better healthcare to the citizens of Djibouti,” Stufft said.

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