In a joint initiative conducted between July22-26, 2019, members of the US Army and eighteen members of Nepal Armed Police Force participated in the first responder knowledge exchange program- the Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) held at National Armed Police Force Academy, Kathmandu.
The program was organized with support from the US Embassy in Nepal. It was launched as part of the United States Indo Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) plan to enhance stability by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, and deterring aggression.”
The two army groups exchanged medical first responder knowledge on provision of pre-hospital care in a medical emergency. The program was developed to create a situation where the US Army and APF Personnel help each other increase their medical first responder capabilities.
They shared knowledge about crush injury protocol, disaster trauma scenarios, immediate actions upon injury, patient care under austere conditions and trauma patient assessment among others.
“The SMEE is an example of the partnership between the United States Indo Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and the APF. United States INDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, and deterring aggression,” read the US Embassy’s press release.