By Pacific Partnership Public Affairs
ASAN, Guam (April 25, 2019) - U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Army Soldiers brought local residents, members of the Micronesia Red Cross Society, the Chuuk Women's Council, and Chuuk State Hospital ambulance drivers together to train as instructors in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) capabilities during Pacific Partnership 2019 in Chuuk April 14-17.
Members of Pacific Partnership 2019 used the "train the trainer" course to teach participants about basic first aid and basic first response, particularly in emergencies and natural disasters, enabling participants to practice in and teach their communities.
During the course, the medical acronym “MARCH” was used to explain the priorities of treatment for massive hemorrhages, airway management, respiration, circulation, hypothermia, and head or spine injuries.
"I've learned so much from the class," said Mary Hellen Mariano-Cheng, a Chuuk resident. "Every topic was as important as the other. I loved them all."
Following the two-day course, the students became instructors, who taught MARCH and all the treatment techniques to the Chuuk High School's Junior Medical Reserve Corps members.
"I was impressed by everyone's effort to learn and teach," said U.S. Army Sgt. Christina Richardson, Pacific Partnership 2019 HADR team lead. "To explain everything after learning it in a short time is usually challenging, but it was exciting to know that everyone wanted to attend and learn different ways they could save lives."
The new instructors aim to use their newly-developed skills to educate their community on how to respond to emergencies.
"I felt more confident about the methods after I started teaching it to the high school class," said T. Tong John, a Micronesia Red Cross Society member. "I look forward to spreading the knowledge of what I've learned to the public."
Pacific Partnership, now in its 14th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. Each year, the mission team works collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships in the Indo-Pacific.