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JTF-Bravo Brings Medical Care to Honduran Villagers

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first_img There is no easy way to travel in and out of the municipality of Duyure, Honduras. No roads are paved within an hour and a half of town, and the existing dirt roads weave up and down through mountainous terrain. Factor in Honduras’ rainy season, which spans May through October, and driving the dirt roads becomes nearly impossible. This remoteness is exactly why the Honduran Ministry of Health selected Duyure as a site for a Medical Civic Assistance Program, a medical clinic conducted July 20 by Honduran health care providers, the Honduran military and Joint Task Force-Bravo. During the MEDCAP, medical personnel treated 435 Duyure citizens in need of care. The patients received preventive health briefings, visited nurses for screening, and then got the opportunity to meet with a doctor, see a dentist and receive medications. For the residents of the Duyure region, this was a rare opportunity to see doctors and receive professional medical attention. “From here, the closest location for emergency care is Choluteca – about two hours away by road,” said Dr. Carlos Duron, a liaison officer in JTF-Bravo’s Medical Element. “Today we were able to provide treatment for most of the conditions we saw. We had some patients with acute problems, and we were able to work with the Ministry of Health to get them proper care.” The MEDCAP was a result of months of cooperation and planning by the Honduran Ministry of Health, the Honduran military, JTF-Bravo and local volunteers. Fourteen members of JTF-Bravo’s Medical Element supported the MEDCAP, with transportation provided by two Blackhawk helicopters from JTF-Bravo’s 1-228th Aviation Regiment. “We had everyone – Airmen, Soldiers, civilians – pitching in and working together on this mission,” said Maj. Saundeth Williams, the mission officer-in-charge and MEDEL’s chief of preventive medicine. “Our presence showed the Duyure people that we are here to help, and they were very appreciative.” JTF-Bravo, based out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, conducts humanitarian assistance operations throughout Central America. The next medical assistance program is scheduled to take place Aug. 10-13 in the Mosquitia region of Honduras. Caption: By Dialogo August 03, 2010last_img read more

Top Five Highlights of the Fall Semester

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first_imgThere were many memorable highlights of the Fall 2015 semester for the Badgers across all sports. The Badger Herald has narrowed it down to our favorite five highlights. 1. Gaglianone’s kick beats NebraskaRafael Gaglianone’s redemption came at a perfect time to save his team and keep the Badgers’ dreams of reaching Indianapolis alive at the time. Gaglianone lined up for a 46-yard attempt from the right hashmark with nine seconds remaining, just one minute and 17 seconds removed from a 39-yard miss.This time, Gaglianone converted, putting Wisconsin up 23-21 and temporarily taking UW’s season off life support. The thrilling moment capped off a final-minute, game-winning drive and secured the Freedom Trophy would stay in Madison.2. Men’s hockey defeats North DakotaFor all of the disappointment the men’s hockey program had to deal with last season, winning just four games, signs of improvement became evident Nov. 6. The Badgers took down then-No. 1 North Dakota 3-1.After falling behind seven minutes into the game, Wisconsin scored three unanswered goals, with two coming in the second period. UW hunkered down in the defensive down and watched the seconds tick away toward victory as it took out the top-ranked team in the nation.3. Women’s hockey snaps Border Battle losing streak with sweepFor all of the success the women’s hockey program at UW has had, Minnesota has been its kryptonite. Four years had passed since the last time Wisconsin beat Minnesota. That all changed Dec. 4, when sophomore forward Annie Pankowski redirected a puck from in front of the net into back of the net with 55 seconds remaining in overtime.Quite the dramatic way to snap the losing streak.UW followed that effort the following day with a 3-1 win at LaBahn Arena, establishing itself at the top of the WCHA standings and in the middle of a historic winning streak.4. Volleyball advances to third-straight Sweet 16Since Kelly Sheffield took over the helm of the Wisconsin volleyball program three seasons ago, consistency has been a staple of the team. The Badgers have finished in the top four of the Big Ten in all three seasons. Currently, UW is on a 14-match winning streak.The Badgers advanced to the Sweet 16 Dec. 11 against No. 11 Florida by beating Iowa State in straight sets in front of a packed and hyped up UW Field House. The raucous atmosphere that night was symbolic of the home court advantage UW has had all season.5. Women’s soccer wins share of Big Ten titleFor all of the troubles the women’s soccer team endured during the beginning of the regular season, it showed tremendous fight and grit to emerge as one of the top teams in the Big Ten, earning a share of the Big Ten regular season title.The Badgers won eight straight matches on their way to the shared title, which came a season after the team won the Big Ten Tournament.last_img read more