Tadjoura, Ali Sabieh Region Women, CJTF-HOA Share Health Practices

U.S. Army Maj. Renee L. Howell, Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion preventative medicine chief, teaches 34 Djiboutian women how to stay healthy during pregnancy, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. U.S. Army Maj., Preventative Medicine Chief, Teaches 34 Djiboutian Women How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

U.S. Army Maj. Renee L. Howell, Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion preventative medicine chief, teaches 34 Djiboutian women how to stay healthy during pregnancy, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. The seminar consisted of sharing important information on prenatal care, nutrition, physical activities, and breastfeeding.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

A young girl listens to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion nurses explain how to stay healthy during pregnancy, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. Young Girl Listens to CJTF-HOA, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion Nurses Explain How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

A young girl listens to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion nurses explain how to stay healthy during pregnancy, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. Thirty-four Djiboutian women attended the women’s health seminar to learn about being healthy during pregnancy. Topics discussed included nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Army Maj. Leah A. Tingley (middle), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion functional specialty cell chief, asks Djiboutian women questions about nutrition during a women’s health seminar, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. U.S. Army Maj. (middle), CJTF-HOA Functional Specialty Team, Functional Specialty Cell Chief, Asks Djiboutian Women Questions About Nutrition

U.S. Army Maj. Leah A. Tingley (middle), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Functional Specialty Team, Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion functional specialty cell chief, asks Djiboutian women questions about nutrition during a women’s health seminar, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. The 34 women in attendance explained where they get their primary sources of protein, fiber, and necessary vitamins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)


The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion team hosted a women’s health seminar, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. Thirty-four Djiboutian women gathered to learn how to stay healthy, maintain proper nutrition, and stay physically fit during pregnancy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka) 
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The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Bravo Company, 407 Civil Affairs Battalion team hosted a women’s health seminar, May 29, 2014, in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. Thirty-four Djiboutian women gathered to learn how to stay healthy, maintain proper nutrition, and stay physically fit during pregnancy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

A student practices putting a splint on U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Watson, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional (CA BN) Specialty Team NCO in charge, during a health class May 21, 2014, in Tadjoura, Djibouti. Student Practices Putting A Splint On U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class, During A Health Class

A student practices putting a splint on U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Watson, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional (CA BN) Specialty Team NCO in charge, during a health class May 21, 2014, in Tadjoura, Djibouti. The 407th CA BN, which falls under the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, hosted the four-day health classes for women of the Tadjoura and Ali Sabieh regions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)

Women from the Tadjoura region attend a health class hosted by the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN) class May 21, 2014, in Tadjoura, Djibouti. Women From The Tadjoura region Attend Health Class Hosted By The 407th Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN)

Women from the Tadjoura region attend a health class hosted by the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN) class May 21, 2014, in Tadjoura, Djibouti. The class consisted of discussions about general health and dental care, basic first aid, CPR, good nutrition and prenatal care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)

Bravo Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN) facilitated women’s health classes May 19 to 22 in Tadjoura, and May 26 to 29 in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti.

The 407th CA BN, which falls under the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, hosted the four-day health classes for women of the Tadjoura and Ali Sabieh regions.

“The most rewarding part is expanding the knowledge base of those who I teach and knowing that when I’m done the people I’ve taught will be able to handle any emergency situation,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Watson, 407th CA BN Functional Specialty Team NCO in charge.

Each day had a unique focus, and the program included discussions about general health and dental care, basic first aid, CPR, good nutrition and prenatal care.


“The program provided skills necessary for dealing with severe lacerations, burns and fractures with materials locally available,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clayton White, 407th CA BN team leader.

The CA BN teachers also discussed some effective measures to take when treating different degrees of burns, what they look like and how to relieve pain. They also shared how to splint fractures and treat sprains. Students practiced treating fractures with improvised splints using household materials.

The students are very proactive and U.S. Army Maj. Renee Howell, 407th CA BN Preventative Medicine, said it was great to see their interaction.

In addition to the medical skills taught, essential relationships between the communities and the U.S. were constructed through interaction and teamwork.

“I think that us just being here is important because it shows we care and it builds communication,” Howell said. “Just small things we can do to help bring teambuilding to the community.”

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