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U.S. army-Cameroonian military medics strengthen readiness

Cameroonian Army Premier Maitre Djami Christophe, a laboratory technician, and U.S. Army Spc. Sarah McElveen, combat medic assigned to Civil Affairs Team 8321, check on a patient’s intravenous catheter at the Military Hospital during Medical Readiness Training Exercise 17-5 in Garoua, Cameroon, Aug. 8, 2017. The mutually beneficial exercise, being conducted for the first time in the region, offers opportunities for the partnered militaries to share best practices and improve medical treatment processes. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Staff Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti)

The U.S. Army, in partnership with the Cameroonian Armed Forces, is conducting August 3-18 a Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE 17-5) in Garoua, Cameroon that builds and strengthens the medical processes of both countries.

MEDRETE is part of a broader series of military-to- military activities that demonstrate the strong relationship between the United States, Cameroon, and various other African partners.
Through this exercise, conducted for the first time in the region, American and Cameroonian militaries’ medical professionals are not only sharing best practices in treatment processes, but are also building lasting relationships among colleagues.

Cameroonian medical professionals enhance the Cameroonian health care system’s ability to deliver effective general surgery and trauma response in support of regional United Nations and African Union missions. Once MEDRETE 17-5 has completed, the ten-person American team will return to their home stations.

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