Army doctors work to ensure self-sufficient, secure Africa
May 8, 2013
U.S. Army Africa, in partnership with Mauritanian Armed Forces, conducted a joint Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Nouakchott, Mauritania, March 25 - April 5, which focused on familiarizing Mauritanian Ministries of Defense and Health personnel with U.S. medical techniques and procedures used when performing suture-less cataract surgery. Working closely with host nation health officials, U.S. medical and logistical teams deployed to get valuable real-world training, increase interoperability with regional medical providers, and help local citizens needing treatment. During MEDRETE 13-2, U.S. ophthalmologists and Mauritanian doctors practiced a suture-less cataract surgical technique known as Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) in an effort to reduce the high incidence of cataract blindness in Mauritania.