Preserving the force: medical advisors talk logistics, data collection

Chief of Afghan Medical Logistics Col. Mohammad Raheem Rahmani discusses recent successes with Capt. Cathy-Ann Alexander, a medical logistics advisor with Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan.
5 Sep 2017
KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 5, 2017) — Medical officers from the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and Resolute Support medical advisors met for a two-day train, advise and assist conference here recently.

This year’s conference theme focused on the primary mission of ANDSF medical systems: preservation of the force.

"It is important to focus on preservation of the force because it is how medical contributes to fielding a fighting force. A sustainable, capable medical support system ensures soldiers and police live to fight another day and stay to fight another day,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jody Ocker, a lead medical advisor and conference organizer.

Hosted by Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, medical advisors and Afghan medical leaders focused on discussing medical supply distribution and operational readiness challenges for the ANDSF.

Conference highlights included medical logistics working group and clinical working group discussions facilitated by medical advisors. The working groups addressed national issues related to the distribution of medical supplies and the analysis of combat casualty and disease non-battle injury data. 

More than 35 conference attendees from around Afghanistan witnessed the deputy minister of defense for health affairs, the Ministry of Interior surgeon general, and the Medical Command deputy commander endorse a new combat casualty committee charter. The charter sets the course for ANDSF medical leaders to collect and analyze combat casualty and disease non-battle injury data and to make data-based decisions to improve force health protection and combat casualty care.


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