USU’s CGHE Initiates First Series of Rwanda & Uganda Peacekeeping Training

USU’s CGHE Initiates First Series of Rwanda & Uganda Peacekeeping Training

African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership

Medical personnel from the Rwandan Defense Forces and U.S. trainers pose for a group photo following the opening ceremony for the Medical Planner Course in Kigali, Rwanda, Dec. 5

This past December, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) sent two instructor teams to Rwanda and Uganda to kick-off the first in a series of training courses under the auspices of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). Not only were these the first training sessions to be organized by CGHE, but also the first courses to be delivered under the APRRP initiative. Through the Department of State, APRRP provides $110 million per year for 3-5 years to build the capacity of African militaries to rapidly deploy peacekeepers through building capabilities in the areas of transportation, logistics, engineering, medical, and communications. Rwanda and Uganda are only two of the six countries the US is currently partnering with, to include Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

As the US Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) managing partner for all APRRP medical activities, CGHE draws upon expertise from across the services to execute a multitude of US military training in areas such as nursing, equipment maintenance, medical logistics, patient movement, and trauma life support. The quantity and content of courses selected are tailored to the needs of each country and are designed to enable African partner countries to fill capability gaps and enable them to rapidly deploy and sustain a United Nations (UN) standard Level 1 and/or Level 2 Medical Treatment Facility.

Trainers coordinated by CGHE executed two simultaneous two-week courses in field sanitation and medical planning in Uganda and Rwanda, respectively. While in-country, the teams conducted classroom-based weeklong training with groups of 20-30 partner military personnel ranging from lower level to senior officers, followed by a week of working with smaller cadres of instructor candidates on train-the-trainer techniques to build sustainable training capabilities.

CGHE initiated its second round of two-week training in Rwanda and Uganda on January 16, switching the curricula to deliver field sanitation training in Rwanda and medical planning in Uganda. The Center will look to continue the training momentum in these two countries throughout 2017, with the expected addition of courses in Senegal and Ghana later this year.

For more information on APRRP, please contact program manager Nicole Bradstreet at