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Mozambique Unveils Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Plans at USAFRICOM Sponsored Event
The Government of Mozambique in partnership with the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), successfully concluded day one of the Cabinet Simulation Exercise on Disaster Preparedness and Response in Maputo, 28 July 2014.
Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina and Mark Cassayre, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique, review the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.  (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 1 of 19: Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina and Mark Cassayre, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique, review the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, left,  welcomes Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the  Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 2 of 19: U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, left, welcomes Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, right, and Erik Threet, Program Manager, Disaster Preparedness Program, U.S. Africa Command, center, greet Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina as he arrives at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 3 of 19: U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, right, and Erik Threet, Program Manager, Disaster Preparedness Program, U.S. Africa Command, center, greet Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina as he arrives at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 4 of 19: Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 5 of 19: Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, discusses AFRICOM’s role during the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.  The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 6 of 19: U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, discusses AFRICOM’s role during the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
Uganda Maj. Gen F. Julius Oketta, left, and Mark Cassayre, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique, during a break at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 7 of 19: Uganda Maj. Gen F. Julius Oketta, left, and Mark Cassayre, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique, during a break at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 8 of 19: Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released) Download full-resolution version
Distinguished guests, exercise participants and event coordinators pose for a group photo after the opening ceremony of the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (Photo by U.S. Embassy Mozambique/Released)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 9 of 19: Distinguished guests, exercise participants and event coordinators pose for a group photo after the opening ceremony of the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (Photo by U.S. Embassy Mozambique/Released) Download full-resolution version
Lieutenant General Joe Inge (Retired), Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine and a lead facilitator for the Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise outlines the scenario for exercise participants at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 10 of 19: Lieutenant General Joe Inge (Retired), Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine and a lead facilitator for the Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise outlines the scenario for exercise participants at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Lieutenant General Joe Inge (Retired), Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine and a lead facilitator for the Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise outlines the scenario for exercise participants at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 11 of 19: Lieutenant General Joe Inge (Retired), Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine and a lead facilitator for the Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise outlines the scenario for exercise participants at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Participants work on exercise scenarios at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 12 of 19: Participants work on exercise scenarios at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Participants work on exercise scenarios at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 13 of 19: Participants work on exercise scenarios at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 14 of 19: Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 15 of 19: Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 16 of 19: Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 17 of 19: Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
The Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 included Mozambique government officials attending a mock press conference taking questions from the media. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 18 of 19: The Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 included Mozambique government officials attending a mock press conference taking questions from the media. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
The Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 included Mozambique government officials attending a mock press conference taking questions from the media. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
19 photos: Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness Program
Photo 19 of 19: The Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 included Mozambique government officials attending a mock press conference taking questions from the media. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson) Download full-resolution version
Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina and Mark Cassayre, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique, review the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.  (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, left,  welcomes Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the  Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, right, and Erik Threet, Program Manager, Disaster Preparedness Program, U.S. Africa Command, center, greet Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina as he arrives at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Humanitarian and Health Activities, Michael Hryshchyshyn, discusses AFRICOM’s role during the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.  The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
Uganda Maj. Gen F. Julius Oketta, left, and Mark Cassayre, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique, during a break at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson/Released)
Distinguished guests, exercise participants and event coordinators pose for a group photo after the opening ceremony of the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo, Mozambique, July 28, 2014. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (Photo by U.S. Embassy Mozambique/Released)
Lieutenant General Joe Inge (Retired), Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine and a lead facilitator for the Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise outlines the scenario for exercise participants at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
Lieutenant General Joe Inge (Retired), Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine and a lead facilitator for the Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise outlines the scenario for exercise participants at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
Participants work on exercise scenarios at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
Participants work on exercise scenarios at the Mozambique Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness in Maputo, Mozambique, July 30, 2014. The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. (U.S. Africa Command photo by Mass Communications Chief Mark Richardson)
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
Mozambique officials attending the week long Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 broke into small groups, rehearsing their roles in a realistic, simulated emergency. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
The Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 included Mozambique government officials attending a mock press conference taking questions from the media. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)
The Pandemic and Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response Exercise in Maputo July 28, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2014 included Mozambique government officials attending a mock press conference taking questions from the media. The event represented a successful collaboration among international and interagency organizations, with the Government of Mozambique hosting an event sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and executed by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. (U.S. Africa Command photos by Chief Petty Officer Mark Richardson)

The Government of  Mozambique in partnership with the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), successfully concluded day one of the Cabinet Simulation Exercise on Disaster Preparedness and Response in Maputo, 28 July 2014.  

More than 140 representatives of Mozambique’s government, military, national media, African partner nations and international organizations gathered at the Radisson Blu, Maputo to unveil Mozambique’s National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan along with the Military Support to Civil Authorities Disaster Contingency Plan.

Senior officials attending the event included, Alberto Vaquina, Prime Minister of Mozambique; Jose Tsambe, Deputy Minister of State Administration; Agostinho Mondlane, Minister of National Defense; Joao Ribeiro, Director General, National Institute of  Disaster Management; Mark Cassayre, Charge d’ Affaires, U.S Embassy Maputo; and Michael Hryshchyshyn, Chief, Humanitarian and Health Activities, USAFRICOM.

Prime Minister Vaquina presided over the unveiling of the plans. The ceremony marked the commencement of a five day event that includes a tabletop exercise and a review of Mozambique’s Disaster Management Strategic Work Plan (DMSWP) for defining future capacity and capability building activities. “Mozambique is a country that by its geographic location is vulnerable to natural disasters.” remarked Prime Minister Vaquina. He further noted “the simulation exercise this week will contribute to prevention measures that are being adopted by our country in order to respond to emergency situations that have affected our communities.”

In his opening remarks,  Charge d’ Affaires Cassayre  stated “today’s program will fine tune the work that has already been completed on these plans, while, at the same time, creating an opportunity for senior and mid-level civilian and military leaders to enhance their knowledge in disaster management and pandemic preparedness while strengthening civil-military disaster response coordination,”

The week-long exercise is structured to clarify the roles and responsibilities of civil and military authorities to respond to large-scale disasters. It also allows the Government of Mozambique to identify disaster management strengths, weaknesses and gaps.  Participants will be grouped into five teams representing the National Emergency Operations Center (CENOE), Information and Planning, Communications, Infrastructure and Social Sectors.

“This simulation event is going to facilitate interaction and identify the sectors we need to focus on in the event of a natural disaster,” stated Director General Ribeiro. He also noted that holding a simulation activity is a way to “prepare to implement an appropriate response.”

Subject matter experts from African Partner Nations including, Benin, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Tanzania (Zanzibar) and Uganda are participating in the exercise as facilitators. Ultimately, the goal is to increase the collaboration of African nations to better respond to disasters.

“This event will assist you in reviewing your current capabilities and capacities,” said Hryshchyshyn. “It will further assist in identifying areas where we could work together when preparing for and mitigating a complex humanitarian emergency, such as in a severe pandemic disaster, flood, or other catastrophic situations.”  Hryshchyshyn further stated that it is critically necessary for African Partner Nations to collaborate closely with neighboring countries, as many times these challenges know no borders.

The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters.  DPP is being implemented by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.

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