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 brought together stakeholders across the
fields of public health, medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, government,
defense, international relations, sociology and anthropology 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 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
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 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.”
Article adapted from original by Petty Officer 1st Class Robin Peak, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.