Accession Number:

ADA522017

Title:

Assisting Host Nations in Developing Health Systems

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

Historically, the Department of Defense DOD provides medical assistance to other nations as part of stability and reconstruction operations in response to natural disasters. Medical civic action programs MEDCAPs and medical readiness education and training exercises MEDRETEs, are also part of geographic combatant commanders theater engagement strategies. While noble and providing immediate and short-term relief, the development of comprehensive health support systems of these nations is still lagging. The US Agency for International Development USAID is the lead agency for strengthening the health systems of developing countries, but its resources are limited, and rarely engage in countries undergoing internal conflict. The United States has an opportunity to redefine the DODs role in providing medical support to foreign or fragile nations. Through better partnerships with non-governmental organizations and international organizations, the US military can assist fragile nations in developing their own sustainable health care system.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE