The 407th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty team taught a basic health care class August 6, 2014, at Grand Douda Health Clinic, Djibouti.
The class covered a variety of topics, including hand washing, the signs and symptoms of common diseases in the area and healthy eating.
“We learn more about their culture during these classes,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Leslie Randolph-Moss, 407th CA BN FxSP physician assistant. “We help the community have more people able to respond to emergencies that may arise.”
Randolph-Moss spoke to the attendees about how to administer the Heimlich maneuver on adults, children and infants. The team brought an infant doll to help the attendees practice the procedures.
Some of the diseases discussed were tuberculosis, malaria and pneumonia. The course also taught the attendees how to care for heat casualties and perform the Heimlich maneuver.
Among the attendees were a local woman and her eight-year old son, both of whom learned something from the class.
“I have learned how to wash my hands, how to wash the baby and how to save the baby if it is choking,” said Samia Mohamed Douhour, Grand Douda village resident. “I also learned how to help someone that is sick or has heat exhaustion.”
Meanwhile, her son learned to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
The 407th CA BN team hopes health clinic attendees return to their communities and villages to share all the information they learned with one another, said Randolph.
“Some people [from my village] ask me what I learned at this class,” said Douhour. “I share with them the information I learned how to save someone from choking, how to tell if someone is sick and proper hygiene.”
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s civil affairs team plans to continue working with local communities in the future to share best practices on healthcare and building and maintaining relationships.