2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Africa--Other U.S. Support

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

In FY2014, the U.S. government contributed $2.2 million for CWD in other African countries.

The Department of State did not fund activities in these countries, but the Department of Defense funded numerous initiatives. USAFRICOM, funded from the ODHACA appropriation, supported the following:

Burundi: USAFRICOM initiated a train-the-trainer program in an effort to improve internal capacity required for independent sustainability of Burundi’s national training center. A unit of instructors was trained on IMAS, EOD Level I, and basic instructor’s techniques and procedures.

Chad: USAFRICOM coordinated with Chad to move the National Demining Center to better support Chadian national demining objectives. USAFRICOM developed a multinational partnership with French forces and nongovernmental organizations permanently stationed in the area to logistically support and coordinate humanitarian mine-action operations. In addition, USAFRICOM implemented an information-sharing partnership to provide detailed lists of U.S.-trained Chadian deminers to nongovernmental organizations actually conducting demining within Chad.

Kenya: USAFRICOM deployed military EOD personnel to the International Peace Support Training Center in Kenya to conduct UXO disposal training. Training included UXO education and risk reduction, first-responder training with emphasis on blast-trauma injuries, stockpiled conventional munitions assessments, and program assessment visits to monitor and improve all aspects of the EOD program.

Namibia: USAFRICOM deployed military EOD personnel to conduct UXO disposal and first-responder training with the Namibian Police and National Defense Force.

Republic of the Congo: USAFRICOM deployed military EOD personnel to conduct training in stockpile management, explosive incident response, UXO reconnaissance and safe removal operations. Also, USAFRICOM investigated opportunities to conduct joint training with multinational partners conducting similar programs in the country.

Senegal: USAFRICOM initiated a train-the-trainer program in an effort to improve internal capacity required for independent sustainability of its national training center. A unit of humanitarian mine-action instructors was trained on IMAS EOD Level I and basic instructor’s ethics and procedures.

Tanzania: USAFRICOM deployed military EOD personnel to conduct UXO disposal training. Training included UXO education and risk reduction, demining (survey, marking, mapping, landmine and UXO disposal, and quality assurance and control), first-responder training with emphasis on blast-trauma injuries, stockpile munitions assessments, and program assessment visits to monitor and improve all aspects of the EOD program.

USAID’s Leahy War Victims Fund supported the International Committee of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled by providing prosthetics and other rehabilitation services to 23 centers in 17 sub-Saharan African countries.

Date: 2015 Description: Multinational partnership provided logistical support and helped coordinate humanitarian mine action operations in Chad.  © Photo courtesy of MAG.