Public Health

Global Health Engagement: A perspective on building & strengthening relationships

By Lt. Cmdr. Michael Prouty, Naval Medical Research Center A growing focus within Navy Medicine is Global Health Engagement (GHE).  GHE activities are opportunities for our medical personnel to engage with partner nations to strengthen medical capacity, achieve interoperability, exchange information and build relationships. I saw the value of Global Health Engagement firsthand while stationed at the Naval Medical Research …

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A Look Inside: Navy Medicine’s Peruvian Research Lab, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 [PHOTOS]

U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6) is the U.S. Navy’s first stand-alone research facility in South America, and is one of six overseas research laboratories operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). NAMRU-6 was initially established in Lima, Peru in 1983, as the Naval Medical Research Institute Detachment (NAMRID) to investigate infectious diseases Today, NAMRU-6 research activates …

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The Mosquito Fighters: A Short History of Mosquitoes in the Navy – Part 3

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, BUMED “Dryness, coolness, fresh air, sunshine, cleanliness of body, clothes and bedding, good food, pure water, temperance, refreshing sleep, occupation exercise, cheerfulness, and contentment of mind…” ~A Recipe for Good Health by Medical Inspector Albert Gihon, USN, 1871 For much of the nineteenth century the United States was losing a war to an overlooked threat. …

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The Mosquito Fighters: A Short History of Mosquitoes in the Navy – Part 2

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, BUMED When you … arrive at Thompson’s Island you will investigate with utmost care the origins, progress and present state of the sickness which prevails on the island and in the Squadron.” ~Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard to Commodore John Rodgers, October 1823 W hen the United States acquired the Spanish colony of Florida …

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NAMRU-6 Studies Fever to Predict Pandemics in Developing Countries

By NAMRU-6 Public Affairs LIMA, Peru – Navy Medicine researchers recently published a study reporting for the first time how fever affects mobility during an outbreak of a mosquito-borne pathogen like dengue. The study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), in collaboration with several U.S. …

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