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

The United States Southern Command launches 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. “This is an opportunity for multinational medical engagement 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 Guatemalan and Honduran communities,” the US Southern Command statement said.

HEART 22 will help address the critical medical needs of regional communities in both nations by providing highly effective medical services, he added; while explaining this The team will consist of about 50 medical professionals and support personnel from the US Air Force and Army..

HEART 22 will help address critical medical needs of regional communities in both nations (US Air Force/Amber Carter)
HEART 22 will help address 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 continue through early September 2022. HEART 22 will include the integration of medical professionals from partner nations. Integration is an effort by regional partners to mutually enhance their ability to respond to public health crises related to natural disasters“, he added.

In terms of medical care specialties offered, they include: ophthalmology (general surgery and cornea transplant), orthopedics (general, trauma and spine surgeries) and odontology (reconstructive dental operations). The surgical patients were pre-screened by the host country to ensure that the medical teams could treat the patients in the most efficient way possible, the information stressed.

As for the medical specialties offered, they include ophthalmology (general surgery and corneal transplant), orthopedics (general surgery, trauma and spine surgery), and dentistry (US Air Force/Joshua Smoot)
As for the medical specialties offered, they include ophthalmology (general surgery and corneal transplant), orthopedics (general surgery, trauma and spine surgery), 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 by building partnerships and interoperability.as well as assisting local communities with health care that would not otherwise be possible.

“HEART 22 will benefit U.S. military medical personnel by providing valuable opportunities to learn and build alliances with peers from participating partner nations. In addition, medical engagement provides professionals with an opportunity to share knowledge and develop applications for real-world medical support.”

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

Regarding support for United States military personnel

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

Participating United States military personnel are experienced doctors, nurses and technicians who will provide real medical assistance to the citizens of Guatemala and Honduras together with medical professionals from friendly countries.

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

Aviation support will provide transportation of US medical supplies and equipment toward the end of the engagement as they transit from Honduras to Guatemala for subsequent medical engagements.

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