Other Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies

State Department

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs)

International Organizations (IOs)

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.


Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Department of the Navy
2300 E Street NW
Washington, D.C

Operational Medicine
 Health Care in Military Settings
CAPT Michael John Hughey, MC, USNR
  January 1, 2001

United States Special Operations Command
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, Florida

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