NEWS | June 21, 2019

USINDOPACOM Surgeon Speaks at Global Health Security Conference

By Petty Officer 1st Class Robin Peak U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii (June 20, 2019) – U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) Surgeon, Rear Adm. Louis C. Tripoli, spoke at the Global Health Security Conference in Sydney, Australia June 19, 2019.

The Conference caps off a nearly month long trip in which Tripoli participated in the Health and Humanitarian Actions in Emergencies Course, visited the Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute, , attended the World Health Organization event “Scaling Up Country Health Emergency Preparedness” and co-hosted the Military Health Security Summit with the Australian Defence Force..

“The United States’ military medical partnerships, such as the strong relationship with the Australian Defence Forces, form the foundation for training in global health, military medicine, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief,” said Tripoli.

Tripoli’s trip highlights USINDOPACOM’s commitment to working with all nations, particularly those of Oceania, to develop and strengthen a robust and resilient capability to prevent, detect, and respond to health security threats, as well as prepare for, mitigate and respond to humanitarian crises and natural disasters.

“In a deliberate, sustainable and transparent way, we are committed not only to delivering enhanced medical capabilities to the vital region of Oceania,” said Tripoli, “but also to finding ways that allow Pacific Island nations to develop self-reliability and self-determination in the delivery of healthcare and the promotion of health for their people.”

The conference brought together practitioners, researchers, educators and decision-makers across the fields of public health, medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, government, defense, international relations, sociology and anthropology. These leaders came together to examine the progress made to date in strengthening health systems and to identify the gaps and opportunities for enhancing the international community’s ability to respond more efficiently and effectively to future adverse health crises.

“The people of the Indo-Pacific face rising health challenges at a time when resources are insufficient to meet them, which threatens the stability of the region and its biosecurity,” said Triploi. “USINDOPACOM is working with our allies and partners and the whole of the U.S. government to find sustainable solutions to these challenges.”

USINDOPACOM protects and defends, in concert with other U.S. Government agencies, the territory of the United States, its people, and its interests. With allies and partners, USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness.