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Trip to the dentist: How partnership builds a healthier Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the Afghan National Army Soldier lay in the dentist’s chair, visibly uncomfortable and in pain, the ANA dentist started probing the partially decayed tooth that was in need of extraction.

Despite being in a country where very few medical and dental facilities can be found, the ANA Garrison Support Unit Troop Medical Clinic located at Camp Parsa, an ANA training base, is a level-two healthcare facility that treats nearly 300 patients a week.

U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Kavanagh, a radiology specialist, Company C, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), consults with Afghan National Army Dentist Cpt. Mirwais Hussaini, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, through the use of an interpreter at Camp Parsa, April 14, 2013. The procedure was part of an ongoing partnership between ANA and U.S. Army medical personnel for ANA troops. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Kavanagh, a radiology specialist, Company C, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), consults with Afghan National Army Dentist Cpt. Mirwais Hussaini, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, through the use of an interpreter at Camp Parsa, April 14, 2013. The procedure was part of an ongoing partnership between ANA and U.S. Army medical personnel for ANA troops. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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