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Old 06-28-2012   #25
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Here are some other references and sites that I've dug up. No idea if they will be helpful or not. I have no affiliation with the following, but the links seem interesting:

1. - Afghan Medical Organization of America

2. TATRC ( - telemedicine

MEDCAP operations recently returned to activity in Iraq and Afghanistan. They started in a rather improvised way before integrating into a strategy aimed to “win hearts and minds.” Whereas their impact on the health of the population remains unknown, military health authorities have been rather enthusiastic about their impact on the perception of the US military by the local population (Cascells 2009). In 2009 the approach developed into a new concept, the Medical Stability Operations (MSOs), which would build on the experience of MEDCAP in a more professional and effective way (Pueschel, 2009). Recognizing the limits of MEDCAP, the new strategy seeks to learn from this experience and to collaborate with humanitarian organizations (SOMA conference, 2009). In order to facilitate collaboration with humanitarian actors, the US military forces have created a guide covering its interaction with NGOs: “The guide shows how the military can work with NGOs that may not want to be perceived as being aligned with people in uniform on the ground” (US DoD, Jan. 2010).




The aptly named Jungle School of Medicine Kawthoolei may be a far cry from what Westerners would typically consider an advanced school and medical clinic.

Both structures were built by the local Karen villagers using locally grown resources. Blankets on the floor take the place of clinical beds, and instead of desks students complete assignments on metal folding tables. But the facility's very existence means access to a level of health care and health education that was desperately needed.
7. (in particular, International Military Medical Engagement with the Indigenous Health Sector - Afghan Security Forces Medical Services, Bricknell, Grigson)



The link goes directly to audio!!!!

Global Health TV's Stephen Horn talks with Shainoor Khoja, Director of Corporate Affairs at Afghan telecommunications company, Roshan. Khoja, shares her experiences establishing telemedicine and micro-financing initiatives and explains how these ideas can help other developing countries.

Higher Education Project Kabul Medical University


Role of Medicine in Supporting Special Forces Counter-Insurgency Operations in Southern Afghanistan

12. And finally, because I think it matters as background:

Modernization theory and development stuff. I keep being told no one believes in such a linear process anymore, except it still seems to form a sort of basis for some of our interaction with other nations. Help, other council members! Am I off-base with this line of thinking?

(Modernization and Medical Care, Sociological Perspective, Gallagher E, 1988)

The introduction of modern medicine into developing societies is an important topic for social-scientific analysis. Here I draw upon modernization theory to illuminate this topic. Using Peter Berger's notion of "carriers of modernity," I discuss health care as such a carrier. Compared with premodern modes of health care, modern health care has a calculable, "commodity" character. Its production has become a major and increasingly systematized sector of the economy. In addition to its manifest clinical benefits, health care conveys the symbolic meanings of modernity. It participates in the broad though uneven passage of technology and values from Western societies to metropolitan areas in developing societies and thence to the hinterland. Health care as the focus of demodernization strains is also examined, through case examples drawn from Amish and Islamic contexts.

Again, this is not an area I know very well so the references and links I provide are for discussion and education. I have more links that might be of interest and will post as time permits. I am a forever SKEPTIC on the third party development game, but it doesn't hurt to study and learn what can be studied and learned....or something like that.
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