U.S. Army and Belizean Surgeons Partner to Provide Surgical Care to Belizean Communities



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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2022. 1:01 p.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma González: United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) concluded a 2-week Global Health Engagement Mission in Belize today.

From August 15-26, 2022, the U.S. military team performed surgeries in Dangriga and Belmopan in conjunction with Belizean counterparts to improve medical preparedness and promote wellness in local communities.

Together, JTF-Bravo and the Belize Ministry of Health and Wellness performed over 15 surgeries at pre-determined locations to amplify the multinational effort.

The surgeries included hernia repairs and gallbladder removals and the patients were pre-screened by the Department of Health and Welfare to reduce the surgical backlog in the two regions.

Acting U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones said, “The joint medical exercises achieved two goals: caring for people and ensuring interoperability. The U.S. and Belizean partnerships created during these two-week medical engagements have provided essential medical care to many Belizeans in need and builds on years of cooperation and trust developed between our two countries based on similar joint commitments. Exercises like these are a vital testing ground for ensuring U.S.-Belize humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability runs smoothly during a real-life crisis. This underscores the United States’ unwavering commitment to stand with our Belizean partners in supporting the safety, security, and well-being of the people of Belize.

The surgical mission at Dangriga was originally developed as part of JTF-Bravo’s “Keel-Billed Toucan” exercise, completed earlier this year.

Belmopan’s commitment is linked to the multinational air force southern training exercise known as “Resolute Sentinel”.

In both exercises, US military medical teams partnered with Belizean surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and medical personnel to exchange knowledge.

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Global Health Commitments support thousands of people across Central America and the Caribbean in humanitarian and civic assistance operations.

“These missions strengthen U.S.-Central American relationships and support medical training with host nation military forces as well as government and civilian organizations,” a U.S. Embassy statement read. .

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