Navy Medicine in Humanitarian Operations Force Projection or Diplomatic Debacle Waiting to Happen?
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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Navy Medicine has conducted multiple humanitarian assistance HA missions such as the Tsunami Relief in 2004, advising of Afghani and Iraqi authorities in the development of their health care systems, and utilizing naval hospital ships to provide health care in developing nations. Some of the most positive results of the hospital ships were seen in the summer of 2006 on the MERCY. Relations were fostered with foreign military medical personnel from Canada, Australia, Singapore, India and Malaysia and 11 Non-governmental organizations who embarked aboard the ship. This crews accomplishments include 60,081 patients seen, 131,511 total services provided 1,083 surgeries 19,375 Immunizations 9,373 Dental Extractions. In an August 2006 public opinion survey, conducted by Terror Free Tomorrow, 85 Indonesia aware of MERCYs visit had a favorable opinion, and in Bangladesh this figure was 95.
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