|In operational settings, military health care providers may interact
with providers from other governmental agencies. Individuals from these other agencies may
seek medical assistance from the military, or areas of overlapping responsibilities may
require some medical coordination.
Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are predominantly European
national or international, nonprofit citizen's voluntary organizations.
They are involved in such diverse activities as education, technical
projects, relief, and refugee and development programs. Examples of NGOs
include, but are not limited to, religious; peace, disarmament,
environmental, development, and human rights groups.
Private voluntary organizations (PVOs) are private, US-based,
nonprofit organizations involved in humanitarian efforts including, but
not limited to, relief, development, refugee assistance, environment,
public policy, or global education.
International organizations (IOs) are organizations, such as the
United Nations (UN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),
with global influence.
Particularly during humanitarian
missions, non-governmental organizations (NGO's) may be present, helpful, or in need of
assistance. Sometimes, the bulk of the medical care is provided by these NGO's.
Some of these medical departments and organizations are considered here.