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CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers provided medical supplies to the Babaqashkar Medical Center, Nawa Basic Health Center and tents to the Tarakhel Girls’ School in the Deh Sabz district of Kabul province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1.
Team 8 soldiers, from Police Mentor Team 8, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, donated more than $14,000’s worth of medical supplies that Deh Sabz Afghan National Police distributed to the Babaqashkar Medical Center and the Nawa Basic Health Center. The supplies included antibiotics and other prescription medications.
"Rural medical clinics experience great difficulty obtaining supplies," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kerre S. Benbrooks of Team 8. "Antibiotics and other supplies will likely save the lives of many women and children this winter."
The basic care individuals receive in these clinics may be the only care reasonably available to them.
"Many people don't have the money or transportation to get medical treatment in Kabul," Benbrooks said. "Primary care at the clinics in these rural villages is the only medical care that most people have."
In addition to donating medical supplies, Team 8 was also able to donate four large tents to Tarakhel Girls School. Each large tent can hold 60 students at a time. Combined, the tents can serve as temporary classrooms for 240 students until permanent classrooms can be constructed.
The Soldiers of Team 8 joined forces with the ANP and town elders of Deh Sabz to erect the first of the four tents on the day they were delivered to the girls school.
"The education of girls and young women is crucial for the future and stability of Afghanistan," Benbrooks said.
Team 8 plans to routinely visit the clinics and school at least once a month with assistance from the Deh Sabz ANP to watch and assist in their progress towards self-sustainment.
"It’s good to be able to go out there and give them something that’s difficult for them to get themselves," said U.S. Army Pfc. Cliff A. Morash of Team 8. "It shows them that we care about their community, and it builds their level of trust."
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