Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility partners with Civil Affairs to conduct Knowledge Exchange with Djiboutian nurses

Members of Camp Lemonnier’s Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) collaborated with members of the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), to conduct a knowledge exchange event at the Dar El Hanan Hospital in Djibouti City, Djibouti, from June 30 to July 21, 2022.



By Staff Sgt. Thomas Johns Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Djibouti City, Djibouti Jul 30, 2022
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Djibouti City, Djibouti - Members of Camp Lemonnier’s Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) collaborated with members of the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), to conduct a knowledge exchange event at the Dar El Hanan Hospital in Djibouti City, Djibouti, from June 30 to July 21, 2022.

The knowledge exchange program educated 28 Djiboutian nurses in Basic Life Saving techniques, CPR, maternal health and infant care.

"Basic Life Support techniques, and the maternal care skills the nurses learned, helps everyone and saves lives,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Rhonda Dyre, a Civil Affairs-Africa functional specialty team public health nurse. “In the future when they are practicing, we hope they can take the knowledge they learn in this exchange elsewhere to benefit not only Djibouti but wherever they are.”

The knowledge exchange consisted of a pre-test to gauge the skill level of each nurse, three days of instruction on life saving skills, and a final hands-on assessment and post-test. This knowledge exchange emphasized the importance of basic medical care for new mothers and infants.

“The goal was to build relationships and share our outlook and expertise to help them better care for the patients they take care of,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Blaine Jackson, a hospital corpsman with the Camp Lemonnier EMF. “We strived to build a bridge through the field of medicine. One of the best ways to build bonds is through the exchange of information.”

The nurses will use the information they learned to advance medical readiness within Djibouti and around East Africa. Many of the nurses said they are excited to continue to exchange the information with their peers and put their new skills into practice.

“I learned so much from the Civil Affairs team, like CPR for infants and adults, and new-mother and infant care techniques,” said Hawa Isse, Dar El Hanan knowledge exchange participant. “My work and mission is to care for newborns and infants, so this knowledge will help me ensure the patients I care for will stay safe and healthy.”

While the Djiboutian nurses gained important knowledge from the Civil Affairs functional specialty team, the program facilitated a bilateral flow of information, and members of Camp Lemonnier gained useful knowledge about medical terminology as well as communication.

“There’s a lot of things we can always do to get better,” Jackson said. “The question you have to ask yourself is what you can learn and what can you improve. These knowledge exchanges are just as important for us as they are to those we help because we learn how to better communicate and we move forward together with something positive.”

Knowledge exchanges such as this provide a unique opportunity for U.S. and allied personnel stationed in the Horn of Africa to learn about various cultures and trade useful knowledge with local nationals.

“Being able to see the growth week by week of groups throughout the course was the best part of the program for me,” said Jackson. “I loved seeing the finished product. They put in a lot of work, not only in the course work, but overcoming the barriers of communication and making it to the end. It was a great thing to be part of.”



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Le centre médical expéditionnaire du Camp Lemonnier s'associe aux Affaires civiles pour organiser un échange de connaissances avec des infirmières djiboutiennes.

Par le sergent-chef de l'armée de l'air américaine Thomas Johns, Affaires publiques du CJTF-HOA

Djibouti City, Djibouti - Les membres du centre médical expéditionnaire (EMF) du Camp Lemonnier ont collaboré avec les membres du 403e Bataillon des affaires civiles, affectés à la Force opérationnelle interarmées combinée de la Corne de l'Afrique (CJTF-HOA), pour organiser un échange de connaissances à l'hôpital Dar El Hanan de Djibouti City, Djibouti, du 30 juin au 21 juillet 2022. 

Le programme d'échange de connaissances a permis de former 28 infirmières djiboutiennes aux techniques de base de sauvetage, à la RCP, à la santé maternelle et aux soins des nourrissons. 

"Les techniques de base de réanimation, et les compétences en matière de soins maternels que les infirmières ont apprises, aident tout le monde et sauvent des vies", a déclaré le lieutenant-colonel Rhonda Dyre de l'armée américaine, infirmière en santé publique de l'équipe des Affaires civiles-Afrique. "À l'avenir, lorsqu'ils exerceront, nous espérons qu'ils pourront transmettre ailleurs les connaissances acquises lors de cet échange, afin d'en faire profiter non seulement Djibouti, mais aussi tout autre endroit où ils se trouvent."

L'échange de connaissances a consisté en un pré-test pour évaluer le niveau de compétence de chaque infirmière, trois jours d'instruction sur les techniques de sauvetage, une évaluation pratique finale et un post-test. Cet échange de connaissances a souligné l'importance des soins médicaux de base pour les nouvelles mères et les nourrissons.

"L'objectif était d'établir des relations et de partager nos perspectives et notre expertise afin de les aider à mieux s'occuper des patients dont ils se chargent", a déclaré le sous-officier de 1re classe de la marine américaine Blaine Jackson, un agent hospitalier de l’EMF du Camp Lemonnier. "Nous nous sommes efforcés de construire un rapprochement à travers le domaine de la médecine. L'échange d'informations est l'une des meilleures façons de créer des liens."

Les infirmières utiliseront les informations qu'elles ont apprises pour améliorer la couverture médicale à Djibouti et en Afrique de l'Est. Nombre d'entre elles ont déclaré qu'elles étaient impatientes de continuer à échanger des informations avec leurs pairs et de mettre en pratique leurs nouvelles compétences.

"J'ai beaucoup appris de l'équipe des affaires civiles, comme la réanimation cardio-pulmonaire pour les enfants et les adultes, et les techniques de soins aux nouvelles mères et aux nourrissons", a déclaré Hawa Isse, participante à l'échange de connaissances de Dar El Hanan. "Mon travail et ma mission consistent à soigner les nouveau-nés et les nourrissons, donc ces connaissances m'aideront à m'assurer que les patients dont je m'occupe resteront en sécurité et en bonne santé."

Alors que les infirmières djiboutiennes ont acquis des connaissances importantes auprès de l'équipe de médecine fonctionnelle spécialisée des Affaires civiles, le programme a facilité un flux bilatéral d'informations, et les membres du Camp Lemonnier ont acquis des connaissances utiles sur la terminologie médicale ainsi que sur la communication.

"Il y a beaucoup de choses que nous pouvons toujours faire pour nous améliorer", a déclaré Mme Jackson. "La question que vous devez vous poser est de savoir ce que vous pouvez apprendre et ce que vous pouvez améliorer. Ces échanges de connaissances sont tout aussi importants pour nous que pour ceux que nous aidons, car nous apprenons à mieux communiquer et nous avançons ensemble avec quelque chose de positif."

Les échanges de connaissances tels que celui-ci offrent une occasion unique au personnel américain et allié stationné dans la Corne de l'Afrique de découvrir diverses cultures et d'échanger des connaissances utiles avec les populations locales.

"Être capable de voir la croissance semaines après semaines des groupes tout au long du parcours a été la meilleure partie du programme pour moi", a déclaré Jackson. "J'ai adoré voir le résultat final. Ils ont fait beaucoup d'efforts, non seulement dans les cours, mais aussi pour surmonter les obstacles de la communication et arriver à la fin. C'était une chose formidable à laquelle j'ai participé."

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