The United States strongly supports the work of more than 67,000 African peacekeepers serving with the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) in Africa through the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). These men and women are working to protect civilians, prevent violence, and promote security and stability in many of Africa’s most complex conflicts.
Since 2009, the United States has trained and equipped more than a quarter-million African troops and police for service in UN and AU peacekeeping operations as a means of strengthening the capacity of African troop-contributing countries (TCC) to rapidly respond to emerging crises in Africa.
Effectively responding to emerging crises before they threaten regional stability requires sustainable, rapid response peacekeeping capabilities in Africa. APRRP seeks to build the key military enablers: transportation, engineering, logistics, communications, and medical capabilities, to establish, operate, and sustain bases of operations in a deployed environment.
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Center for Global Health Engagement supports APRRP by building African partner countries’ capacity to rapidly deploy and sustain a UN-standard Level 1 and/or Level 2 Medical Treatment Facility (L1MTF/L2MTF) capable of providing medical support and care utilizing organic assets.
CGHE’s APRRP program builds the capacity of the partner nations by way of education and training activities, and exercises. The program is currently active in Uganda and Rwanda, with plans to expand to other countries across the African Continent.