The 2nd International Conference on NCD prevention and control was organized in Mongolia
ULAANBAATAR, 17-18 May, 2013 – The 2nd International Conference on NCD Prevention and Control was organized collaboratively by MOH, MCA and WHO. The main objectives of the conference were to share Mongolia’s experience on implementing comprehensive NCD prevention and control programme for the last five years. Then project will come to an end in September 2103. Sustainability of the project was a major topic for discussion. Some major achievements in NCD prevention and control were noted.
Water safety planning (WSP) is a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach that can be implemented at all water supplies. It encompasses all the steps and processes from catchment to consumer. The aim of a WSP is to consistently ensure the safety and quality of a drinking-water supply by:
1. identifying the hazards to public health that are present;
2. identifying control measures to reduce or eliminate those hazards;
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure. Hypertension is one of the major NCDs in Mongolia. The last STEP survey conducted in 2009 highlighted the prevalence of High blood pressure in the community almost at 30 percent among both men and women. A high level planning committee has been established jointly by the WHO Country office, MOH and other partners to plan and implement activities for this year's WHD.
On January 24-26, 2013, Dr J. Amarsanaa, Vice Minister of Health accompanied by Dr Soe Nyunt-U, WR Mongolia, and Vice Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city together with vice governors and representatives from 9 UB districts’ governors’ offices visited Darkhan city and Erdenet city to get introduced with healthy settings approach to promote Non-communicable diseases through implementation of the Healthy city initiatives including healthy schools and workplaces in Darkhan and Erdenet city.
Recent highlights in Mongolia
World No Tobacco Day 2013: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
World No Tobacco Day was marked with several public events including press conference, TV panel discussion and release of several IEC materials for public education on 31 May 2013.
29 April - 8 May, 2013
Review of progresses over TB prevention, control and treatment
Ulaanbaatar - From 29 April to 8 May a team of external experts, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), reviewed progress on achievements made towards meeting the objectives set for national and international targets. The mission concluded that Mongolia has made major progress in detecting and treating TB, including drug-resistant forms of the disease. However, there is still active transmission of tuberculosis in Mongolian communities, evidenced by the fact that almost two thirds (63%) of TB patients is under age 35. Also, TB is increasingly concentrated in vulnerable groups, such as the homeless and the unemployed, who require tailored detection and treatment approaches. The increase of drug-resistance is especially worrisome and poses both a public health threat and a significant financial burden. Funding is currently shouldered primarily by the international Global Fund. This funding will end by 2016.
Mid-term external review of National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS and STIs (2010-2015)
Ulaanbaatar- Upon request of the Government of Mongolia, a team of international and national experts led by WHO carried out a mid-term external review of the National Strategic Plan on HIV, AIDS and STIs 2010-2015 from 6 May to 13 May, 2013. The review team have noted good progress in the national response but underlined that sustained effort is needed in order to have an AIDS-free healthy Mongolia.
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