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Flintlock 10: Hundreds of Malians Receive Medical Care
The shrieking screams of two-year-old Assitan Paco drew an instant reaction from the U.S. health care provider in her vicinity. Lying and rolling in seething pain, the toddler&#39;s screams intensified as her mother looked helplessly on. <br /> <br
SEGOU, Mali - Two-year-old Assitan Paco is given a dosage of Tylenol by a U.S. Army health care provider assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara after she was stung by a scorpion while waiting in line with her mother Sahara during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali. As part of Exercise Flintlock 10, U.S. and Malian health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
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Photo 1 of 5: SEGOU, Mali - Two-year-old Assitan Paco is given a dosage of Tylenol by a U.S. Army health care provider assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara after she was stung by a scorpion while waiting in line with her mother Sahara during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali. As part of Exercise Flintlock 10, U.S. and Malian health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
SEGOU, Mali - A Malian soldier gives deworming medication to local residents of Segou, Mali during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 as part Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers provided free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to it. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
5 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 2 of 5: SEGOU, Mali - A Malian soldier gives deworming medication to local residents of Segou, Mali during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 as part Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers provided free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to it. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
SEGOU, Mali - Malian children gladly display multivitamin medication they received during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali as part of Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
5 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 3 of 5: SEGOU, Mali - Malian children gladly display multivitamin medication they received during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali as part of Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
SEGOU, Mali - Two-year-old Assitan Paco is held by a Malian soldier as a U.S. Army health care provider assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara provides first aid to her after she was stung by a scorpion while waiting in line with her mother during a medical civic action program May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali. As part of Exercise Flintlock 10, U.S. and Malian health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
5 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 4 of 5: SEGOU, Mali - Two-year-old Assitan Paco is held by a Malian soldier as a U.S. Army health care provider assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara provides first aid to her after she was stung by a scorpion while waiting in line with her mother during a medical civic action program May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali. As part of Exercise Flintlock 10, U.S. and Malian health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
SEGOU, Mali - A local resident of Segou, Mali listens to a Malian military doctor as he gives her deworming medication during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou as part Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
5 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 5 of 5: SEGOU, Mali - A local resident of Segou, Mali listens to a Malian military doctor as he gives her deworming medication during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou as part Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
SEGOU, Mali - Two-year-old Assitan Paco is given a dosage of Tylenol by a U.S. Army health care provider assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara after she was stung by a scorpion while waiting in line with her mother Sahara during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali. As part of Exercise Flintlock 10, U.S. and Malian health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
SEGOU, Mali - A Malian soldier gives deworming medication to local residents of Segou, Mali during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 as part Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers provided free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to it. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
SEGOU, Mali - Malian children gladly display multivitamin medication they received during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali as part of Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
SEGOU, Mali - Two-year-old Assitan Paco is held by a Malian soldier as a U.S. Army health care provider assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara provides first aid to her after she was stung by a scorpion while waiting in line with her mother during a medical civic action program May 13, 2010 in Segou, Mali. As part of Exercise Flintlock 10, U.S. and Malian health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
SEGOU, Mali - A local resident of Segou, Mali listens to a Malian military doctor as he gives her deworming medication during a medical civic action program held May 13, 2010 in Segou as part Exercise Flintlock 10. Malian and U.S. health care providers gave free medical care and medicine to nearly 700 local residents in the area who have limited or no access to medical care. (Photo by U.S. Army Master Sergeant Donald Sparks, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
The shrieking screams of two-year-old Assitan Paco drew an instant reaction from the U.S. health care provider in her vicinity. Lying and rolling in seething pain, the toddler's screams intensified as her mother looked helplessly on.

The provider ran to the wailing girl, lifted her in his arms and raced her off to a physician to provide immediate first aid to her foot which was stung by a scorpion. This was just one of the many moments of medical care given to hundreds of African residents as part of a Medical Civil Action Program (MEDCAP) May 13, 2010 conducted by doctors and medical specialists assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara.

The event also included health care providers from the Malian Ministry of Health and Defense who treated nearly 700 local men, women and children at the Mali Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy outside the city of Segou. Braving searing heat conditions, patients lined up to receive free health education information, inoculations for disease and medical care for a variety of ailments.

According to a U.S. civil affairs officer, the event was held after coordinating with Malian government officials to identify a way to help the people throughout Mali who have limited or no access to medical care.

"We wanted their influence and we wanted them to decide the best locations to conduct the MEDCAP's to benefit the communities," the CAO said. "The Ministry of Health officials know most of the ailments that the people suffer, the size of the communities, and what specific needs that we could best provide."

Highlighted on the United Nations International Children's Fund's (UNICEF) country health report, many of the principal diseases rampant in Mali include malaria, leprosy, tuberculosis, enteritis and other intestinal diseases, cholera, pneumonia, and infectious and parasite-related diseases. Many of the patients at the MEDCAP were suffering from dehydration, malnutrition and intestinal viruses.

After locally procuring the medications needed by the health care providers to treat the population, the Civil Affairs Team requested that host nation doctors be a part of the MEDCAP.

Although the number of private doctors and well-equipped medical care facilities are small, the Ministry of Health and the military was able to provide five Malian doctors to participate in the event.

"It's very important that we let this be a Malian-led event," the civil affairs officer said. "From a credibility standpoint, it shows the people that their government cares about their well-being. We're just here to provide assistance to that effort."

As part of the Flintlock 10 Special Operations Command Africa exercise, the civil affairs officer coordinated with special operations forces to identify the best sites to hold the MEDCAP. The SOF unit and Malian regional commander decided the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy was the best location.

From a military perspective, Malian Major Diallo Felix, chief of Echelon Tactics Anti-Army 6, lauded the MEDCAP as an opportunity to showcase the Army's genuine concern for the people they protect.

Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise focused on military interoperability and capacity-building and is part of a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)-sponsored annual exercise program with partner nations in northern and western Africa. The exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa.

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