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Afghanistan: Charlie Medís MASCAL: We Train as We Fight


Amid a cacophony of theatrical shrieks and cries of pain, medics from Charlie Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sharpened their skills with a mass casualty training exercise at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan on May 12. “You train as you fight,” said 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Watts, treatment platoon leader, Charlie Co., of Bardstown, Ky., who spearheaded the drill.In order to stay prepared for these types of events, Charlie Co. conducts these mass casualty exercises, or MASCAL drills, about once per month to hone perishable medical skills, said U.S. Army Spc. Stepha
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Afghanistan: The U.S. Medics Are Helping the Afghans, to Practice Combat Medicine Exceptionally well


 Paktika Province: The 2/10 Security Forces Assistance Brigade deployed several U.S. Army medical personnel as part of the Security Force Advisory Teams in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 13. Currently U.S. Army medics are working to improve an integrated, capability-based health care system to triage, treat, evacuate, and return Afghan National Army soldiers to duty. The U.S. medics are helping the Afghans to excel through integration of medical planners, fielding an enduring sustainment system and enabling the Afghans to manage the development of their medical treatment facilities. Medical evacuation can be a slow process by gr
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Afghanistan: Red Cross Reduces Afghan Operation after Attack


Kabul: The Red Cross said on July 23 Tuesday it will shut down three of its 17 offices in Afghanistan, two months after an unprecedented attack on the organisation. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it will close three of its most remote centres but will maintain a good level of operation in the war-torn country, ICRC spokesman Robin Waudo told AFP. "A number of ICRC staff will be withdrawn as a precautionary measure due to events in May and three out of 17 offices will be closed," he said, referring to the attack on the group's offices in the eastern city of Jalalabad on May 29 which left one guard dead.
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Afghanistan: Afghan Medical Providers Increasingly Take More Responsibility


Paktika Province: As Afghan forces increasingly take on more and more responsibilities, one large and sometimes overlooked priority is the medical care of Afghan fighting forces. They had the luxury of relying on an extremely robust and well trained medical capability provided by U.S. and other coalition forces. From medical evacuation to training and supplies, International Security Assistance Force was the primary medical lifeboat for the care of wounded and sick Afghan forces prior to the adoption of the Security Forces Assistance Brigade model. Afghan medical providers in Paktika will soon be on their own to provide care that was once on
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Afghanistan: Salang Hospital Starts Services, Funded Under Emergency Response Program


Kabul: The US-funded 20-bed Salang Hospital in the central Parwan province represented a significant step forward in provision of medical services for locals who previously had access to minimal medical care. The hospital’s capabilities include internal medicine, pediatric, maternity, dentistry, nursing care, immunization, pharmaceutical and overnight hospitalization services round-the-clock, 7 days a week, according to Dr. Muhammad Qassim Saidee, provincial director for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Funded under USFOR-A’s Commander’s Emergency Response Program, the Salang Hospital construction project costs
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