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Fast facts: Medical Accord Central 12

Gabon Defense Forces Sgt. Maj. Nguema E. Clotaire, a flight surgeon, and 1st Lt. Jolin O. Sossa, a medical student, discuss military health care with U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Bayles, a psychiatrist with Co. A, 94th Combat Support Hospital, U.S. Army Reserve, during Medical Accord Central 12 in Libreville, Gabon.(Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann, 102d Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Mississippi Army National Guard.)

Medical Accord Central 12 is one of several annual exercises between the U.S. military and our African partners. Here are some fast facts courtesy of the U.S. Army’s daily news page and U.S. Army Africa, plus some links, to tell you more about this unique shared training.


Medical Accord Central 12 brings together a mix of U.S. military doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and other medical professionals with their counterparts from the Gabon Defence Force. Other African partner nations are also observing. U.S. participants include members of the Mississippi and Utah National Guard and Army Reservists from Arkansas and Texas, plus representatives from the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute in Texas. The annual training is hosted by U.S. Army Africa on behalf of U.S. Africa Command.


Training and knowledge-sharing, with a focus on medical support to disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts. The exercise includes lectures, classes and hands-on training.  The event was planned jointly by the U.S. military and Gabon Defense Forces. Each partner leads different portions of the training.


Gabon, in Central Africa. Next year the exercise will take place in Angola.


The exercise kicked off March 5 and runs through March 16. Planning started a year ago, including site surveys and rehearsals.


Not only does the exercise help both the U.S. and African medical units improve their skills and ability to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, it creates a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding between professional military organizations. Medical Accord Central 12, and exercises like it, ultimately contribute to a long-term vision of increased stability and security on the continent.


U.S. Army Africa 

Utah National Guard

Mississippi National Guard

Medical Accord Central 12 helps in building partnerships

U.S. Army News From Africa 

Djibouti’s Largest Hospital Receives Upgraded Medical Equipment from Camp Lemmonier

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, Feb 14, 2012 — U.S. service members transferred two anesthesia machines from Camp Lemonnier’s Expeditionary Medical Facility to Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012.
The EMF upgraded their anesthesia capabilities, leaving the two machines as excess equipment. The excess machines were delivered to enhance Djiboutian medical care.

“It feels very nice to have the machines from Camp Lemonnier,” said Dr. Elias Said, Peltier General Hospital medical director. “Work can be done better and easier with them. They are smaller than the previous ones we have and can be easily (moved) from one room to another.”

“The hospital treats more than 2,000 emergency cases a year in five operating rooms; three which have the outdated machines,” Said stated. “Children will benefit from the equipment as the machines can be used in pediatric cases, unlike the older equipment,” he added.

The outdated anesthesia machines can be unsafe for patients, U.S. Navy Lieutenant (Doctor) Heather Yurka said. She said the newly-acquired machines are also more modern and increase patient safety during surgery.

Peltier General Hospital is a training hospital for the region, said Mark Mitchell, U.S. Agency for International Development Djibouti program officer. “Many doctors will be able to use these machines and train on them.”

Djiboutian citizens aren’t the only ones who work and train at Peltier General. Djiboutian and American medical staffs often exchange medical professional knowledge there.

Because of a 2008 cooperative agreement between Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and Peltier General Hospital, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility personnel enjoy a working relationship with the hospital.

Yurka stated that, under the agreement, she and EMF personnel exchange best practices with the hospital staff several times a week.

“We give surgical care to the individuals here,” Yurka said. “EMF personnel use this equipment here and train with the anesthesia techs and anesthesiologists on how to use and maintain the equipment. (The training) enables us to practice (medicine) the way we would in the United States.”

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – Moustaoha Abdilldhi (left), a local anesthesia nurse, and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Heather Yurka, Camp Lemonnier anesthesiologist, set up an anesthesiology machine at Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012. U.S. service members delivered two anesthesiology machines from the camp to Peltier General Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Steffen)

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – U.S. Navy Lieutenant Heather Yurka, Expeditionary Medical Facility anesthesiologist at Camp Lemonnier, delivers one of two anesthesiology machines from the camp to Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Steffen)

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