Africa Partnership Station brings medical training to Sao Tome military personnel

SAO TOME, Sao Tome and Principe (STP) — Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Chris Maurer observes as a Sao Tome Soldier inserts an I.V. into his vein as a training exercise Jan. 23. As part of the Navy's new cooperative maritime strategy, Africa Partnership Station (APS) is a multi-national initiative to deliver the latest training and techniques to maritime professionals in West and Central Africa. (Department of Defense photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eddie Harrison)

SAO TOME, Sao Tome and Principe — Africa Partnership Station (APS) trains Sao Tome military medical personnel on basic head-to-toe trauma assessment and basic Intravenous Therapy (IV) procedures. The training, aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), is basic skills that all medical personnel should be familiar with.

"We are expanding on the student's current medical knowledge by providing more hands-on training with both trauma and clinical setting scenarios," said Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Chris Maurer, senior APS medical trainer. "This training will enable them to do a better job at diagnosing illnesses and injuries."

These hands-on exercises are instrumental in helping APS bring the latest training and techniques to West and Central African maritime partners. APS brings a global team of experts, in a variety of military capacities, to focus on training and multinational collaboration.

"With this training, not only will it enable the Sao Tomeain medics to share this knowledge with their counterparts, it will also give them the confidence to apply it to real life situations," said Maurer.

APS, an international effort, aims to enhance regional and maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa. As part of the Navy's new global maritime strategy, APS is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-led initiative, executed by a multi-national staff aboard Fort McHenry and High Speed Vessel (HSV 2) Swift. Commander Task Group 60.4 and training teams from various U.S. and European military commands, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations are embarked on board Fort McHenry to enhance cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services in West and Central Africa and the Gulf of Guinea on a seven-month deployment.

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