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Fiji, US Conduct Humanitarian Exercise

Fiji, US Conduct Humanitarian Exercise
July 15
10:20 2017

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces teams up with the United States Air Force and Ministry of Health for the Pacific Angel 17 health service outreach starting tomorrow.

RFMF chief staff officer Co-ordination Captain Eroni Duaibe said approximately 65 members of the US military will work with the RFMF, local non-government organisations, civilian authorities, as well as personnel from Australia, Philippines, Indonesia and France.

“It is a multi-stakeholder approach exercise with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Education,” Captain Duaibe said.

“It is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercise that includes general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and engineering programmes, as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges,” he said.

“Humanitarian assistance will be given to residents of Ba, Tavua, and Savusavu.

The US and Fiji team will conduct this humanitarian assistance training and relief exercise from tomorrow and end Monday July 24.

Led by the US Pacific Air Forces, PACANGEL 17 will enhance humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing beneficial services to people in need throughout Indo-Asia-Pacific.

Since 2007, PACANGEL engagements have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of people through the provision of health services ranging from dental, optometry, pediatrics and physical therapy to civil engineering programmes, humanitarian aid and disaster relief and subject matter exchanges.

Similar approaches will be held on the following dates and locations:

 Tagitagi Sangam Primary School in Tavua on July from 17 to 21.

 Naweni District School in Savusavu on July 21 and 22, 2017.

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