ARSOUTH continues humanitarian aid in Haiti
July 15, 2010
U.S. Army South continued its mission of providing general medical health care during New Horizons - Haiti 2010 at the Task Force Kout Men Ennery medical assistance site June 13. New Horizons, in partnership with the government of Haiti, is conducting various medical, dental and engineering missions for the locals in Gonaives. New Horizons also provides valuable learning experience in a real-world environment for our U.S. Forces. "We have a medical team with nine providers," said Air Force Col. Tom Steinbrunner, deputy commander of 56th Medical Group based at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 56th provides general medicine, optometry and dental support to the ARSOUTH mission. Task Force Kout Men was asked by the government of Haiti to provide health care to this area where they normally do not have access to adequate primary care, said Steinbrunner. "This area has a very small clinic that does not have the ability to meet the needs of the patients here." "This is a part if the country that is not reached much by the NGO\'s (non-governmental organization)," said Steinbrunner. For the majority of the team it's their first deployment, very few have been on a humanitarian mission, said Steinbrunner. "This is a great opportunity for them to learn the deployed environment and also be able to provide care outside of the country." "I am getting lots of hands-on-experience," said Airman Michael Palmer, a medical services apprentice with the 56th Medical Operations Squadron. "Some of the things we learned in the clinic were a little bit improvised here in the field." "I did an ear irrigation and I had to modify some of the equipment," said Palmer. "We don't have the same equipment out here as we do back in the clinic. We kind of make do with what we have and make things work." "Everyone is working well together," said Palmer. "The providers take their time and are excellent to work with."