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Out of Africa

first_imgApril has brought more than showers and sunshine to Harvard; it has brought Africa.The second-largest continent is the subject this month of Harvard Africa Focus, a series of lectures, panels, and performances formerly called “Africa Week.”This year, official events stretch for 13 days, through April 18. Add in related events on African languages and on hip-hop, and Harvard’s celebration of 53 countries and 1 billion people goes all the way to May 1.No matter what the event, hope and optimism are the underlying themes. Africa Focus comes with a subtitle: “Reimagine, Redefine, Reinvent: A New Paradigm for Africa’s Leaders.”Leadership was a leitmotif from the start during Africa Focus. The keynote address, on April 5, was by Ambassador Johnnie Carson, a 37-year U.S. diplomat and former Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. After service in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Botswana, Nigeria, and elsewhere, he is now assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs.Carson spoke about “U.S.-Africa Relations in the Age of Obama.” His take? The new administration sees Africa as a strategic partner.“It was a lot of positive messaging about America’s respect for Africa,” said Ghana native Cheryl Klufio of the keynote. She is a communications officer at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Other speakers have included Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, the first head of the U.S. Africa Command, on an April 7 panel on diplomacy, development, and defense. An April 10 panel on leadership and governance in Africa featured former ministers from Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria.On Monday (April 12), there was a public conversation at the Harvard Kennedy School with Babatunde Fashola, the youngest governor of Lagos State in the history of Nigeria.In events to come, there will be other African leaders, along with scholars, jurists, and performers.Friday through Sunday (April 16-18), speakers and panelists at Harvard Law School’s 2010 Harvard African Law and Development Conference include a supreme court justice from Ghana, a vice president for World Bank Africa Region, and high-level jurists from Sierra Leone and Uganda.Panels will look at a wide range of issues, including development, natural resources, conflict, technology, business, harmonized legal systems, and national health insurance (co-sponsored by African Students at Harvard Medical School and the Africa Health Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health).The April 16-18 conference is sponsored by the Harvard African Law Association, one of a long list of Africa Focus sponsors in the fields of law, medicine, and government. Principal underwriters are the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Institute of Politics, the Kennedy School Student Government, and the Committee on African Studies (CAS).CAS coordinates Africa research and teaching at Harvard, where 300 Africa-related courses are taught in public health, history, politics, literature, and other disciplines.CAS is also expanding the reach of Africa events at Harvard this month. On Thursday (April 15) is the final iteration of Africa Language Theater Night at Harvard, featuring word play in 18 languages, including Amharic, Dinka, Hausa, Igbo, Swahili, Twi, Wolof, and others. (Co-sponsor is the Harvard University African Languages Program.)On April 30 and May 1, CAS will pair with Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies to present “The Language of Global Hip Hop Culture,” a conference and teacher-education event on using hip-hop as a window onto art, culture, and social norms in Africa and the Middle East. Case studies will include hip-hop writing and performances in Arabic, Swahili, Persian, Wolof, and Hebrew.Africa Focus still has a lot of punch left this month. But the past was not bad either.Klufio went to other Africa Focus events, including one on the media and social change on the continent (April 6) and another on rebranding Africa through youth (April 8). And on April 10 she went to “Africa Night 2010: An African Odyssey,” two hours of dancing, music, and fashion shows at the New College Theatre.There was joy and drumming and dance and fashion, fly and fresh. But the frame of the odyssey was two old men in traditional garb who set out with their walking sticks — humorously clueless — to find Europe. “There is always bad news,” one says in the beginning. “That’s why I want to leave this land.”In the end, the old men decide not to go, but not before they have arrived, naïve and droll, in Mali, Nigeria, and other places where a modern Africa peeks out. “Is this Europe?” one old  man asks early on. “No,” a pretty girl replies. “You are in South Africa.”Soon after, one old man asks the same question so many Africans are asking themselves today. “Why are we going to Europe?” he says. “It is so beautiful here.”last_img read more

Chilean and U.S. Air Forces Cooperate to Strengthen Aeromedical Evacuations

first_imgFor instance, two weeks after the seminar on aeromedical evacuations, a team of FACH physicians participated in joint disaster management exercises with the U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard from April 20-28 in Texas. There, they performed mass aeromedical evacuations as well as airlifts for individual patients from cities in the context of a fictitious scenario in which a hurricane had struck a U.S. state. The training was conducted with critical care air transport teams (CCATT). By Dialogo May 19, 2015 The seminar was attended by 46 members of Chile’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Carabineros, Investigatory Police, representatives of Chile’s Metropolitan Emergency Mobile Medical Treatment System (SAMU), and a delegation consisting of 14 service members from the USAF and members of the Texas Air National Guard, said Colonel Alger Rodó, chief of the medical operations department at the FACH Health Division. Representatives from Chile’s critical care unit and Intensive Care Unit at the Military hospital also attended. The Chilean Air Force will send all of its physicians involved in medical evacuations of critical care patients for training in the CCATT course. The USAF “shared its experiences on precautions, reconnaissance and response to the Ebola virus,” Col. Rodó said. “We also had an Officer from the Uruguayan Army who was in Congo and spoke about managing the fatal virus (Ebola). The meeting helped us understand the challenges each organization had faced with its aeromedical evacuations and how they solved them. We also analyzed the elements on which we agreed, and the challenges in the future.” The seminar was attended by 46 members of Chile’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Carabineros, Investigatory Police, representatives of Chile’s Metropolitan Emergency Mobile Medical Treatment System (SAMU), and a delegation consisting of 14 service members from the USAF and members of the Texas Air National Guard, said Colonel Alger Rodó, chief of the medical operations department at the FACH Health Division. Representatives from Chile’s critical care unit and Intensive Care Unit at the Military hospital also attended. Meanwhile, the director of Metropolitan SAMU, Ximena Grove, discussed the work emergency medical personnel perform with the Armed Forces, focusing on recent medical evacuations conducted in the region of Atacama. On April 8, for instance, the FACH transported a 20-month-old child from the Copiapó Regiment to Pudahuel Air Base in Santiago; from there he was transferred to Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, also in the capital. The toddler was flown in a 9th Aviation Group UH-1H helicopter and subsequently by a 5th Aviation Group Cessna Citation CJ1 airplane. “It is always necessary to keep progressing,” Col. Rodó said. “This work is part of our DNA as an institution.” May this come trueWe all want peace, except for the bitter. Something has happened to make these groups so evil. Let us speak with them, a prison that offers rehabilitation. My comment is there are young people who want to serve in the military and you reject them. Iit should not be so, my son wanted to join the regiment and he was rejected. Now my son is really sad. We think it must be because he’s middle class or does he need to have money? “It is always necessary to keep progressing,” Col. Rodó said. “This work is part of our DNA as an institution.” “In the event of multiple accidents, the FACH has always been called upon to provide medical air transportation,” Col. Rodó said. “No other institution or private company has the ability to provide immediate transport for 20 or 30 patients.” For instance, two weeks after the seminar on aeromedical evacuations, a team of FACH physicians participated in joint disaster management exercises with the U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard from April 20-28 in Texas. There, they performed mass aeromedical evacuations as well as airlifts for individual patients from cities in the context of a fictitious scenario in which a hurricane had struck a U.S. state. The training was conducted with critical care air transport teams (CCATT). “Twenty years ago, each institution used different equipment,” said Col. Rodó. “Now, there is interoperability in many activities; our equipment meets NATO standards, and this allows us to combine elements and obtain good results. It is in Chile’s interests to provide continual training to the Armed Forces as well as increase and improve its aeromedical evacuation capabilities.” “Twenty years ago, each institution used different equipment,” said Col. Rodó. “Now, there is interoperability in many activities; our equipment meets NATO standards, and this allows us to combine elements and obtain good results. It is in Chile’s interests to provide continual training to the Armed Forces as well as increase and improve its aeromedical evacuation capabilities.” The USAF “shared its experiences on precautions, reconnaissance and response to the Ebola virus,” Col. Rodó said. “We also had an Officer from the Uruguayan Army who was in Congo and spoke about managing the fatal virus (Ebola). The meeting helped us understand the challenges each organization had faced with its aeromedical evacuations and how they solved them. We also analyzed the elements on which we agreed, and the challenges in the future.” “In the event of multiple accidents, the FACH has always been called upon to provide medical air transportation,” Col. Rodó said. “No other institution or private company has the ability to provide immediate transport for 20 or 30 patients.” “Our relationship has seen an increase in the complexity of the training; now we are sending Chilean service members to participate in critical courses,” Col. Rodó said. Sharing medical protocols and information Retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda noted the value of the joint exercises. “These exercises allow us to perfect our teamwork skills, the interoperability of the Chilean Armed Forces, and to reinforce bilateral relationships with our partners to confront challenges to our security,” he said. The FACH evacuates about 20 or so critical patients each year, Col. Rodó said. Service Members who participated in the medical evacuations have been trained in aviation medicine and aircrew health. “Our team of physicians achieved all of the exercises’ objectives, and this demonstrates that our personnel are very well-trained,” Col. Rodó said. About 60 members of the Chilean Air Force (FACH) and the United States Air Force (USAF) recently met to strengthen aeromedical evacuation capabilities in aid of disaster victim, holding a seminar called “Challenges for Joint Aeromedical Evacuations” April 8-10 at the FACH Clinical Hospital in Santiago. About 60 members of the Chilean Air Force (FACH) and the United States Air Force (USAF) recently met to strengthen aeromedical evacuation capabilities in aid of disaster victim, holding a seminar called “Challenges for Joint Aeromedical Evacuations” April 8-10 at the FACH Clinical Hospital in Santiago. The FACH evacuates about 20 or so critical patients each year, Col. Rodó said. Service Members who participated in the medical evacuations have been trained in aviation medicine and aircrew health. “Our relationship has seen an increase in the complexity of the training; now we are sending Chilean service members to participate in critical courses,” Col. Rodó said. During the seminar, organizations demonstrated how they performed aeromedical evacuations — describing their procedures, techniques, equipment, training, and personnel for carrying out medical air transport — in an effort to learn from each other. FACH conducts exercises with Texas Air National Guard Recent medical evacuations discussed Recent medical evacuations discussed Meanwhile, the director of Metropolitan SAMU, Ximena Grove, discussed the work emergency medical personnel perform with the Armed Forces, focusing on recent medical evacuations conducted in the region of Atacama. On April 8, for instance, the FACH transported a 20-month-old child from the Copiapó Regiment to Pudahuel Air Base in Santiago; from there he was transferred to Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, also in the capital. The toddler was flown in a 9th Aviation Group UH-1H helicopter and subsequently by a 5th Aviation Group Cessna Citation CJ1 airplane. In one such instance, a C-130 Hercules airplane from the FACH 10th Aviation Group departed Pudahuel Air Base for Formosa, Argentina – approximately 1,500 kilometers from Santiago – to airlift 41 Chilean children, adolescents, and adults who were injured when a bus overturned while they were traveling back to Iquique from a championship soccer game in the city of Caraguatatuba, Brazil. Retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda noted the value of the joint exercises. “These exercises allow us to perfect our teamwork skills, the interoperability of the Chilean Armed Forces, and to reinforce bilateral relationships with our partners to confront challenges to our security,” he said. The Chilean Air Force will send all of its physicians involved in medical evacuations of critical care patients for training in the CCATT course. In one such instance, a C-130 Hercules airplane from the FACH 10th Aviation Group departed Pudahuel Air Base for Formosa, Argentina – approximately 1,500 kilometers from Santiago – to airlift 41 Chilean children, adolescents, and adults who were injured when a bus overturned while they were traveling back to Iquique from a championship soccer game in the city of Caraguatatuba, Brazil. The seminar continued a longstanding cooperative relationship between Chilean and U.S. security forces. Since 1995, the FACH has maintained regular joint relations with the Texas Air National Guard, sharing basic concepts such as how to place a patient properly on a stretcher to reduce transport times, to highly complex training. Sharing medical protocols and information “Our team of physicians achieved all of the exercises’ objectives, and this demonstrates that our personnel are very well-trained,” Col. Rodó said. FACH conducts exercises with Texas Air National Guard The seminar continued a longstanding cooperative relationship between Chilean and U.S. security forces. Since 1995, the FACH has maintained regular joint relations with the Texas Air National Guard, sharing basic concepts such as how to place a patient properly on a stretcher to reduce transport times, to highly complex training. During the seminar, organizations demonstrated how they performed aeromedical evacuations — describing their procedures, techniques, equipment, training, and personnel for carrying out medical air transport — in an effort to learn from each other. last_img read more

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