Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael, U.S. AFRICOM J5 Humanitarian Assistance program manager wrote:
Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael, U.S. Africa Command J5 Humanitarian Assistance Program Manager, and members from the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), members from the German contracting office Gauff Ingenieure GmbH Co and members of Best Engineering, a Tunisian firmed hired by Gauff Ingenieure GmbH Co to conduct projects in Tunisia visited the Tunis Assistance Center for Muscular Dystrophy, January 18, 2012. This project is one of seven new projects selected by the U.S. Embassy and funded through AFRICOM J5 Humanitarian Assistance Program in support of post revolution Tunisia. The estimated cost of the 7 programs is approximately $3 million. The center provides medical, social, and educational assistance for patients afflicted with muscular dystrophy and also provides counseling and awareness for family members. The new site will consist of a new two-story building with a flat roof, handicapped toilets, water supply, sanitary works, heating and will offer a one stop shop facility where patients can see a myriad of specialists at one location. The government of Tunisia has partnered with the Association des Myopathes de Tunisie (AMT), to run this project. AMT provides assistance, education, and jobs for muscular dystrophy patients, as well as provides national attention towards the needs of the patients while championing disability rights. All members of the association are volunteers. After the meeting, the team traveled to the home of the director, who is herself afflicted by the disease, and further discussed the project.