11 May 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concerns over a new spike of measles cases in Mongolia and urges the country to step up surveillance and other measures such as supplementary immunization to contain the spread of the disease. Mongolia’s Ministry of Health and Sports has been leading the outbreak response activities by mobilizing internal capacities with support from WHO and development partners. Women and men aged from 18-30 years will be immunized with a combined measles-rubella vaccine from 12-25 May. The supplementary vaccination campaign will be conducted throughout the entire country.
Since about seven years ago B.Battseren (31) acquired a new routine in her life - every odd day of every week she gets up in the morning and meticulously prepares for her visit to the hospital, for haemodialysis. This complicated medical procedure of detoxifying her body artificially due to kidney mal-functioning became her next step of struggle with diabetes, a disease Battseren has been struggling with for the past 22 years.
The WHO Mongolia office in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) of Mongolia conducted a risk communications simulation exercise on pandemic influenza preparedness. The exercise was held through ten teleconference facilities throughout Mongolia on 20 January, 2016. Approximately 200 health care professionals and communicators from ten different locations participated in the instructional exercise.
A partnership and advocacy meeting on “Midterm Strategy of Health System Strengthening in Umnugobi Aimag 2015–2017” signed in March, was held on 27 November 2015 in Dalanzadgad, the Umnugobi province’s centre. The Strategy aims at meeting essential health needs and resolving priority health problems of Umnugobi residents through fostering horizontal linkages and supporting collaborative efforts of state and non-state actors and international organizations.
Recent highlights in Mongolia
4 May 2016
The Ministry of Health and Sports, WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) jointly convened a dialogue on Innovative Financing for the Viral Hepatitis Programme in Mongolia on 4-5 May with participation of the staff from related ministries, members of international community, patient and civil society organizations. The participants explored several existing and potential options of financing diagnosis and treatment of patients with viral hepatitis.
16 March 2016
The WHO Reaching Every District (RED) Strategy will now be piloted in Tuv (Central) province of Mongolia. The project is enabled by a grant of 50000 USD from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in support of a project proposal submitted to the CDC by the Mongolian National Centre for Communicable Diseases (NCCD). WHO Country Office in Mongolia has helped the local agencies to submit the proposal.
04 March 2016
A whole set of interactive materials for pathologists prepared by doctors and health care professionals of the National Pathology Centre (NPC) and supported by WHO was launched on 3 March in the NCP. "There are only about 100 pathologists in the entire country," says G.Uyanga, the NCP Director. "And as they are located not only in the capital city but in the countryside production of this interactive materials is a very important investment for Mongolia’s pathologists and for our Centre".
15 February 2016
The WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific (WPRO) has conducted Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED) planning and review in Mongolia from 24-28 January. All relevant stakeholders as national staff working in human and animal health sector, laboratory specialists, communication officers, state inspectors and state emergency officers were involved in the cross-sectoral review. Dr. Babatunde Olowokure, Coordinator of Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response Department at the WPRO, Mr. Graham Rady, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant and Dr. Ariuntuya Ochirpurev, Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response Technical Officer in the WHO Country Office in Mongolia have led the review process going on field visits, conducting consultative meetings, interviews and group discussions with the national counterparts and reviewing relevant documents.
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