Pacific Partnership 2010: Farewells in Vietnam

Posted by Thomas E. Weinz
June 14, 2010
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Admiral Willard on the JDS KUNISAKI Returning to the USNS MERCY
The JDS KUNISAKI approaches USNS MERCY off the Coast of Vietnam During Pacific Partnership 2010

About the Author: Tom Weinz is the dedicated Foreign Service Liaison Officer for Pacific Partnership 2010.

The People's Committee of Binh Dinh Province hosted a farewell dinner at a charming open-air restaurant looking out at the lights of the ships off shore, including Mercy. This dinner, and the earlier closing ceremony at the pier, was the celebratory finale to Pacfic Partnership 2010 (PP10) in Vietnam, and especially meaningful because of what was, in my opinion, the nearly flawless mission conducted over the past thirteen days.

The overall statistics are typically impressive: 132 surgeries performed on Mercy; 19,063 patients seen; 12,400 pairs of eye glasses distributed; and four ambitious renovations by PP10 engineers. But only we participants experience the human detail hidden within these statistics. The procedure to repair a cleft palate may be routine for an accomplished surgeon, but leads to a vastly improved quality of life for the small child patient. And it is a revelation to see the change in people who have been suffering tooth and gum pain for years, or slowly losing their ability to see clearly, when they leave the dental or optometry areas.

The old adage about teaching a person to fish as opposed to continually giving her fish is always a consideration in our planning. One of the most sustaining programs offered by Pacific Partnership missions is the SMEE: Subject Matter Expert Exchange. Local providers are given a list of topics and offered an opportunity to join a presentation and roundtable discussion in specific subject areas. Vietnam is the most medically advanced nation we will visit, and SMEEs were conducted around advanced topics such as neuroradiology and interventional cardiology. I personally monitored a SMEE on nursing procedures, with both Vietnamese and American nurses considering doctor-nurse relations and how to attract more talented young people (male as well as female) into nursing as a profession. Another impressive program is biomedical repair. Hospitals around Vietnam have been submitting data on broken medical equipment for months. PP10 biomedical engineers were able to repair 35 pieces of medical equipment, with a repair value in excess of $4.3 million dollars. The engineers also work with local technicians to ensure that the equipment is maintained properly and operators are fully trained.

Since Cambodia is so close to Vietnam, we have only two days to prepare everything for the next mission. Early on June 15, we'll have boats heading towards the port at Sihanoukville to start all over again.

You can trace the Mercy's journey from its initial announcement to preparations for launch, setting sail, arrival in Vietnam, and work in Vietnam.



South Korea
June 17, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to,

Saigon`s lesson...someone say to me, remind of this words, yes, i agree.

North Korea agreed on the policy. However, FIFA Worldcup of providing free broadcast and enforce policies, while isolating North Korea, we're as likely to be helpful to think big. Religious or ideological system, rather than shaking the policy is going to be a bit soft I think. Even so, the theory is not unconditional peace. While recognizing the reality of North Korea, they come to us when you want to talk and suggested that one way is to create.

We will not reach out, but they are likely to come at least for the generosity of our approach, which supposes to think.

Thank You.
(I think religion or ideology is too heavy.)

The slump in home sales for, are planning once again reminded of the story. Housing companies and the government provides guarantees for home buyers and home buyers in proportion to their jobs and income to buy a home after getting the money to pay The reason I think the way?

If you seek a job or a house we're looking for other ways do you think will be very easy. First, to provide homes, not loans. (It might help prevent social deviation, I think.)


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