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724th EABS medical team teaches hygiene class to local Women’s Association
The 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section conducted a three-day women’s hygiene class in Agadez, Niger for women from the Association of Nigerien Women Against War from Aug. 12 -14.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith (center right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, teaches basic hand washing methods during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics such as the importance of proper hygiene and how to combat communicable diseases were covered during the class. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
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Photo 1 of 6: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith (center right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, teaches basic hand washing methods during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics such as the importance of proper hygiene and how to combat communicable diseases were covered during the class. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith (center right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, teaches basic hand washing methods during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics such as the importance of proper hygiene and how to combat communicable diseases were covered during the class. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
6 photos: 724th EABS medical team teaches hygiene class to local Women’s Association
Photo 2 of 6: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith (center right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, teaches basic hand washing methods during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics such as the importance of proper hygiene and how to combat communicable diseases were covered during the class. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section) Download full-resolution version
Members of the Association of Nigerien Women Against War pose for a picture with their certificates of completion after a women’s hygiene class on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The three-day course covered topics such as breast feeding, feminine health and family planning. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
6 photos: 724th EABS medical team teaches hygiene class to local Women’s Association
Photo 3 of 6: Members of the Association of Nigerien Women Against War pose for a picture with their certificates of completion after a women’s hygiene class on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The three-day course covered topics such as breast feeding, feminine health and family planning. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Maj. Leslie Lovett (right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron public health officer, answers questions from the Association of Nigerien Women Against War during a dental hygiene class June 31, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics covered the importance of oral hygiene, flossing, brushing teeth daily and diseases that can develop from a lack of dental care. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
6 photos: 724th EABS medical team teaches hygiene class to local Women’s Association
Photo 4 of 6: U.S. Air Force Maj. Leslie Lovett (right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron public health officer, answers questions from the Association of Nigerien Women Against War during a dental hygiene class June 31, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics covered the importance of oral hygiene, flossing, brushing teeth daily and diseases that can develop from a lack of dental care. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, inventories hygiene kits during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The kits included items meant to help combat communicable diseases and bacteria. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
6 photos: 724th EABS medical team teaches hygiene class to local Women’s Association
Photo 5 of 6: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, inventories hygiene kits during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The kits included items meant to help combat communicable diseases and bacteria. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Capt. Long Santoso (center), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron critical care physician, explains how to properly apply hygiene items such as soap and hand sanitizer for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War during a women’s hygiene class on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The women attending the class were all given kits of different hygiene items during the course. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
6 photos: 724th EABS medical team teaches hygiene class to local Women’s Association
Photo 6 of 6: U.S. Air Force Capt. Long Santoso (center), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron critical care physician, explains how to properly apply hygiene items such as soap and hand sanitizer for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War during a women’s hygiene class on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The women attending the class were all given kits of different hygiene items during the course. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith (center right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, teaches basic hand washing methods during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics such as the importance of proper hygiene and how to combat communicable diseases were covered during the class. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith (center right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, teaches basic hand washing methods during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics such as the importance of proper hygiene and how to combat communicable diseases were covered during the class. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
Members of the Association of Nigerien Women Against War pose for a picture with their certificates of completion after a women’s hygiene class on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The three-day course covered topics such as breast feeding, feminine health and family planning. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Leslie Lovett (right), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron public health officer, answers questions from the Association of Nigerien Women Against War during a dental hygiene class June 31, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. Topics covered the importance of oral hygiene, flossing, brushing teeth daily and diseases that can develop from a lack of dental care. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron surgical technician, inventories hygiene kits during a women’s hygiene class for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The kits included items meant to help combat communicable diseases and bacteria. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)
U.S. Air Force Capt. Long Santoso (center), 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron critical care physician, explains how to properly apply hygiene items such as soap and hand sanitizer for the Association of Nigerien Women Against War during a women’s hygiene class on Aug. 14, 2017, in Agadez, Niger. The women attending the class were all given kits of different hygiene items during the course. (Courtesy picture from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section)

Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger -- The 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron medical section conducted a three-day women’s hygiene class for 25 women from the Association of Nigerien Women Against War from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 in Agadez, Niger.

This class came at the request of the association after an initial dental hygiene class.

“Topics discussed included feminine health, family planning, the importance of using soap, etc.,” said Maj. Leslie Lovett, 724th EABS public health officer. “The healthcare situation in Niger is not the same as in the U.S., so we can bring our knowledge and experience to benefit our neighbors.”

The association teaches women important skills to strengthen their families to decrease the appeal of extremist recruiting.

“There’s a high fertility rate and infant mortality rate in Niger, coupled with widespread poor hygiene practices and a general lack of resources, something the Ministry of Family Planning is trying to change,” said Capt. Long Santoso, 724th EABS critical care physician. “Explaining the why behind everything we recommend was surprising at first, but we realize we just have different cultural experiences.”

The medical staff also provided hygiene kits to the women, which included hand sanitizer, soap and anti-bacterial wipes.

“We’re not in our bacteria free bubble like in the states,” said Tech. Sgt. Becky Smith, 724th EABS surgical technician. “There’s communicable diseases and malaria present in the area, so providing this knowledge to these women we hope will better enable them to make more informed decisions about their healthcare and general hygiene decisions.”

After the class, all the women who participated completed a written test over the topics discussed and received certificates of completion.

“To see the smiles on their faces when they got their certificates and knowing they can walk away from this experience with more knowledge and a better understanding of how to improve the quality of their lives makes all the effort worth it,” Lovett said.

The medical section hopes to have more classes in the future with the women’s association and cover more healthcare topics that will further improve on the health and welfare of the residents of Agadez and its surrounding communities.

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