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How is HEART 22, the medical assistance mission of the US Southern Command in Guatemala and Honduras

The United States Southern Command launched the “HEART 22″ program, a medical assistance mission in Guatemala and Honduras (US Air Force/Joshua Smoot)

The United States Southern Command launched the “HEART 22” program, a medical assistance mission in Guatemala and Honduras. “It’s a multinational medical engagement opportunity with real benefits. From (last) July to September 2022, US military medical teams will work alongside partner nation medical professionals to provide surgical and medical services to the communities of Guatemala and Honduras”, indicated the statement from the US Southern Command.

“HEART 22″ will help address the critical medical needs of regional communities in both nations by providing high-impact medical services, he added; while he explained that The team will be made up of some 50 medical professionals and support personnel from the US Air Force and Army..

“HEART 22″ will help address the critical medical needs of regional communities in both nations (US Air Force/Amber Carter)
“HEART 22″ will help address the critical medical needs of regional communities in both nations (US Air Force/Amber Carter)

“The medical assistance effort, led by Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), will last through early September 2022. HEART 22 will include the integration of medical professionals from partner nations. Integration is an effort by regional partners to enhance each other’s ability to respond to public health crises associated with natural disasters”, he added.

Regarding the medical assistance specialties offered, they include: ophthalmology (general surgeries and cornea transplant), orthopedics (general, trauma and spine surgeries) and odontology (reconstructive dental surgeries). Surgical patients were pre-screened by the host nation to ensure that medical assistance response teams can treat patients as efficiently as possible, the information stressed.

Regarding the medical assistance specialties offered, they include ophthalmology (general surgeries and corneal transplant), orthopedics (general, trauma and spine surgeries) and dentistry (US Air Force/Joshua Smoot)
Regarding the medical assistance specialties offered, they include ophthalmology (general surgeries and corneal transplant), orthopedics (general, trauma and spine surgeries) and dentistry (US Air Force/Joshua Smoot)

Southern Command also indicated that this medical engagement greatly benefits both the patients receiving actual medical care and the personnel involved through building partnerships and interoperability.as well as helping local communities with health care that might not otherwise have been possible.

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“HEART 22 will benefit US military medical personnel by providing valuable opportunities to learn and build alliances with peers from the partner nations involved. Additionally, medical engagement gives professionals the opportunity to exchange knowledge and develop real-world medical support applications,” she highlighted.

Southern Command also indicated that this medical engagement greatly benefits both the patients receiving actual medical care and the personnel involved through building partnerships and interoperability (US Air Force/Joshua Smoot)
Southern Command also indicated that this medical engagement greatly benefits both the patients receiving actual medical care and the personnel involved through building partnerships and interoperability (US Air Force/Joshua Smoot)

About Support for United States Military Personnel

Approximately 25 members of the US military medical personnel will participate in “HEART 22″ at various times and places during the mission, including medical professionals and their support staff.

Participating United States service members are experienced doctors, nurses and technicians that will provide real medical care to citizens in Guatemala and Honduras together with medical professionals from friendly countries.

In addition to the 25 medical personnel and their staff from the United States, US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base Honduras, will also support HEART 22..

Aviation support will provide transportation for US medical supplies and equipment towards the conclusion of the engagement as they transition from Honduras to Guatemala for follow-up medical engagements.

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