Peacekeeping Operation in Mali. Feedback from a Dentist.
By R. BATIONO. Burkina Faso
Major Raoul BATIONO is a laureate of the Royal School of Military Health Service in Rabat. He graduated at Mohammed V Soussi University as a doctor of dental medicine and obtained the postgraduate qualifications: orthodontics degree, certificates in biomaterials and forensic odontology at Bordeaux 2 University. He is a part-time teacher at the Ouaga I University Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo of Ouagadougou. Major BATIONO took part to United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Mali from January 2016 to January 2017.
Opération de maintien de la paix au Mali. Retour d’expérience d’un dentiste.
Cet article décrit l’expérience de l’auteur assigné à la clinique dentaire du bataillon burkinabè déployé au Mali. La mission était de procurer aux soldats les soins dentaires urgents et non urgents afin de préserver la capacité opérationnelle de la troupe en évitant les pertes de temps attribuables à un problème dentaire.
KEYWORDS: Peacekeeping operations, Feedback, Odontology. MOTS-CLÉS : Opérations de maintien de la paix, Retour d’expérience, Odontologie.
In peacekeeping operations, dentists from Burkina Faso covered essentially two theaters: Sudan and Mali. In January 2013, Burkina Faso has deployed in Mali its first infantry battalion in Sector West of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The head quarter of the battalion is based in Timbuktu with a company deployed in Ber. Medical support for the contingent is provided by a level 1 hospital (L1H). Since February 2014 a dental clinic attached to the L1H provides dental support to the personnel of the battalion. This synthesis corresponds to the feedback from the author following his projection on the Malian theater for a period of twelve months from January 2016 to January 2017.
of State authority in the north of Mali continued to face challenges. Significant challenges remain in advancing political and security measures owing to the continued mistrust among the signatory parties. The attacks against MINUSMA have become increasingly frequent, bold and well-coordinated. These include attacks against logistic convoys, complex attacks using rockets, mortars, improvised explosive devices and mines. MINUSMA is also victim of attacks using remotecontrolled explosive devices. Therefore, deployed units require operational personnel to carry out their tasks. Dental problems may affect the conduct of operations due to the unavailability and the decrease of the individual performance of concerned soldiers.
Since the signing of the peace agreement, the restoration
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