Pacific Partnership 2010
Pacific Partnership is a humanitarian assistance program for developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The partnership is aimed at strengthening regional relationships in the Asia-Pacific, while providing tangible services and training to local communities throughout the region.
In 2010 Peace Winds America participated in this U.S.-military led program through both civil-coordination and active participation. Building bridges between the Japanese and American response, PWA provided the link between the U.S. Navy and Japanese-based NGOs for a variety of missions. During these missions, PWA assisted, coordinated, and reported on the program’s effectiveness and growth.
The Partnership is particularly important for disaster preparedness as it provides local communities and responders a tangible opportunity to collaborate across jurisdictions and practice necessary skills for disaster response. The program also allows the U.S. Navy to develop long-term relationships with host countries as it builds international teams of both military and civilian specialists to deliver valuable medical, dental, veterinary and engineering services to local communities.
Countries Visited in 2010 Include:
- Papua New Guinea
Updates from Pacific Partnership 2010
Pacific Partnership 2010 Finishes First Leg
The 2010 Pacific Partnership 2010, visited six countries during its multi-nation tour and for the first time, the Japanese military sailed the JDS Kunisaki alongside the lead ship, USNS Mercy.
Peace Winds America and Peace Winds Japan were on board the JDS Kunisaki, throughout the tour and our collaboration with the Japanese military represents an important milestone. Chief of the Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff Office Ryoichi Oriki stated, “It was a great experience for us to have worked closely with the forces of other countries and to have teamed up with NGOs for the first time. It will be a great asset in conducting international activities from now on.” At a press conference, Oriki reported the SDF-NGO medical team provided medical care to 1,731 Vietnamese and 2,721 Cambodians, and also operated on 26 individuals aboard the hospital ship Mercy.
The 2010 Partnership has had major implications for disaster response in the region, as noted by U.S. Captain Lisa Franchetti, PP10 Mission Commander, “[it] was an honor to have had the chance to work alongside all of our Partners…to learn from each other and practice some of the medical, engineering,
and basic ‘coordination’ skills we’d need in the event of a real natural disaster/humanitarian crisis.”
Reflections from PWA Intern Maki Tateishi: 2010 Pacific Partnership Participant
Maki Tateishi “learned a lot” during the Pacific Partnership 2010 in the Asia-Pacific region. Before her participation Tateishi “didn’t totally agree with the involvement of armies in humanitarian assistance,” but the Partnership experience changed her mind. Working alongside service men and women from the U.S. and Japan, Maki witnessed the results of militaries and NGOs working together towards a common goal. Both NGOs and militaries had much to offer, and Maki found that “constantly working with the military was beneficial.”
The Pacific Partnership 2010 was an important disaster training experience for military and NGO responders as well. At the completion of her tour, Maki reflected that this improved collaboration amongst disaster responders will save lives in the wake of natural disasters. “The key to successful outcomes…is regular communication among the different countries, organizations, military, and NGOs.”
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