Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is a lush, green, mountainous country home to 34.1 million people. The people who live there share the land with mountain gorillas, zebras, rhinos, and other wildlife and domesticated animals.
However, cohabitating with this wide array of animals comes at a cost when deadly diseases can spread from animals to humans or vice versa.
U.S. Mission Uganda sponsored One Health missions to Uganda's Kaabong and Kabale regions, led by staff from U.S. Agency
Controlling mosquito populations at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, is more than a convenience — it is a vital health service provided by a team of medical specialists to protect camp and Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa personnel from the possible spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.
"The program was created to gauge our risk posture and maintain operational readiness," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Dan Anderson, the camp's mosquito-control program director and a pu
A bilateral venture between doctors from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's and Djibouti Armed Forces Health Services recently provided dozens of civilian patients long-awaited eye examinations here.
U.S. Army Col. (Dr.) Richard Birdsong, a CJTF-HOA health surgeon who specializes in ophthalmology, conducted an eye examination clinic after discovering at a meeting in February that doctors from DJAF Health Services had at least f
Living on a planet with more than seven billion people and countless more animals, viruses have many options to invade - and they're not picky. Viruses often jump from animals to humans, causing many diseases ranging from avian flu to Lyme disease, West Nile virus to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) estimates that more than 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases in humans are transmitted from animals in a process ca
Ugandan and U.S. military healthcare experts distributed vitamins and deworming tablets to improve the health condition of villagers in Kakute, Uganda, April 23, 2013, as part of a comprehensive program called One Health.
Intestinal worms, transmitted through food or water, are pervasive throughout East Africa and contribute to a range of health problems, such as malnutrition or anemia. Working together, members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's Surgeon Cell, 411th Ci
With no convenience, grocery or big box stores in sight, let alone transportation to get there, residents of Kakute, an electricity-free village in Uganda with no running water, live off the grid and on what nature and their own resilience allow their weather-beaten hands to reap.
While food within the lush jungles is seemingly abundant, good health and hygiene is a daily challenge as villagers within the 200 palm-thatched and corrugated tin-roofed homes that dot this quiet community co
Deep in the backwoods of Nyimbwa, Uganda, a tiny village nestled 21 miles north of the country's capital, Kampala, a nurse recounts the morning of Nov. 20, 2012 - the day an 8-year-old girl's illness caught the attention of health officials from halfway around the world.
Rosemary Nalweyiso was on duty at Nyimbwa Health Center Four the morning the young girl was brought in for treatment. At this clinic, where an average of 130 patients arrive daily with diseases ranging from ma
Traverse north by car a few hours through the bustling and sprawling city of Kampala to the rolling and lush, green hills of Luwero with its dense jungles packed with banana trees, pineapple fields and livestock, and it's easy to see why thousands of Ugandans call this picturesque but remote district home.
Food, friendly smiles and warm hospitality are abundant in Luwero, despite harsh realities and heartbreak caused by disease that has rocked local villages in recent years. Ground
A bilateral venture between doctors from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 411th Civil Affairs Battalion and Djibouti Armed Forces Health Services recently provided dozens of civilian patients long-awaited eye examinations here.
U.S. Army Col. (Dr.) Richard Birdsong, a CJTF-HOA health surgeon who specializes in ophthalmology, conducted an eye examination clinic after discovering at a meeting last month that doctors from DJAF Health Services had at least five patients who we
"Yes!" shouted all the participants in unison.
This collective response answered the question, "Are we together?", posed to the public health and animal health workers at the beginning of a One Health training held in Moroto, Uganda, Nov. 18-27, 2012. The event, which was the first of its kind in Uganda, brought together health professionals from various disciplines to provide better veterinary and human health services to the public.
The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa
Situated in the highlands overlooking Ethiopia's Rift Valley, the town of Hirna was the site of a Veterinary Civic Action Program Oct. 22-28, where district animal health workers received continuing veterinary education and local farmers' cattle, sheep, and goats were examined, treated, and vaccinated against disease.
The VETCAP was organized as a partnership between the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Health Authority, Oromia Province veterinary professionals, and the U.S. Army
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 H