Programs and Operational Support
CGHE provides support, services and guidance to the Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Government (USG) and international stakeholders in the planning and execution of global health engagements (GHEs), the innovation of new and more effective programs and the dissemination of knowledge and best practices across the DoD GHE enterprise.
Through CGHE, Geographic Combatant Commands, Service Component Commands and other DoD and US Government (USG) agencies are able to tap into a network of global health experts who can assist in shaping more effective and sustainable GHE activities.
In addition to subject matter expertise support, the division develops and executes a range of global health engagement programs on behalf of, and in partnership with, DoD and USG entities to meet identified needs and support US security cooperation and national security objectives. We focus on sustainable, capacity-building health activities that can demonstrate true impact for partner nations and significant added value to the DoD and USG.
These programs include:
The African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP)
The United States strongly supports the work of more than 67,000 African peacekeepers serving with the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) in Africa through the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). These men and women are working to protect civilians, prevent violence, and promote security and stability in many of Africa’s most complex conflicts.
Since 2009, the United States has trained and equipped more than quarter-million African troops and police for service in UN and AU peacekeeping operations as a means of strengthening the capacity of African troop-contributing countries to rapidly respond to emerging crises in Africa.
Effectively responding to emerging crises before they threaten regional stability requires sustainable, rapid response peacekeeping capabilities in Africa. APRRP seeks to build the key military enablers: transportation, engineering, logistics, communications, and medical capabilities, to establish, operate, and sustain bases of operations in a deployed environment.
USU's CGHE supports APRRP by building African partner countries’ capacity to rapidly deploy and sustain a UN-standard Level 1 and/or Level 2 Medical Treatment Facility capable of providing medical support and care utilizing organic assets.
CGHE’s APRRP program builds the capacity of the partner nations by way of education and training activities, and exercises. The program is currently active in Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, and Ghana.
Combatant Commands Disease Surveillance Coordination Project
On behalf of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS), CGHE has undertaken a new effort to create greater synergy in infectious disease surveillance among the various DoD and U.S. Government agencies working within each global region.
More specifically, the intent of the Combatant Commands (CCMDs) Disease Surveillance Coordination Project is to develop a regional-focused infectious disease surveillance coordination report for each CCMD area of responsibility that supports CCMD security cooperation and operations planning, and force health protection decision making, by integrating the DoD and other agencies that make up the USG infectious disease surveillance enterprise.
The end state of this project is a well-coordinated and integrated, infectious disease surveillance enterprise that supports CCMD security cooperation and operations planning and coordination and improves regional stability and understanding of the effect of infectious diseases to facilitate operational access/freedom of movement of the Joint Force, and enables improvements to force readiness through early warning of infectious disease threats to the health of the force.
Efforts are well underway to convene these regional meetings and to develop resulting reports for U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Southern Command.