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Ministry of Health in Mongolia, WHO and partners take steps to protect women and girls against cervical cancer

15 May 2018, ULAANBAATAR – Donors and partners gathered on May 15, 2018 to discuss an important public health problem affecting women in Mongolia: cervical cancer.

In Mongolia, cervical cancer is the second common cause of deaths in women, accounting for 9% of all cancers. 400 cases are reported and as many as 160 women in the country die from cervical cancer every year. Women and girls from 15 to 75 years of age are affected. As many as 50% of women are diagnosed in the late stages.

World Health Organization issues recommendations to tackle health impacts of air pollution in Mongolia

28 February 2018, ULAANBAATAR – The World Health Organization (WHO) today released a set of long-, medium- and short-term recommendations for the Government of Mongolia to tackle air pollution. Air pollution causes more than 4000 deaths every year in this Central Asian lower-middle income country with a population of 3 million. WHO is urging the Government to keep air pollution as a top priority for policies and implementation throughout the year.

Air pollution takes many forms. The most harmful for health is fine particulate matter (PM2.5). It is a major cause of diseases such as stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, acute and chronic respiratory diseases. In 2012, one out of nine deaths in Mongolia was the result of air pollution-related diseases. More than half of child deaths from pneumonia in Mongolia are due to indoor air pollution. In Mongolia, indoor and outdoor air pollution account for 132 deaths per 100 000 people per year, whereas the global average is 92 deaths per 100 000 people.

UN Task Force: Investing in NCD prevention has significant economic impact

Scaling up heart disease and tobacco control and reducing consumption of alcohol and salt are areas requiring increased investment in Mongolia to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), according to results from a review led by the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on NCDs.

The review, part of the UNIATF’s work to help countries develop accelerated action to prevent and control cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes, was presented to a multistakeholder forum in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on 12 December 2017.

Door-to-door diagnosis—part of Mongolia’s push towards universal health coverage

Bayarjargal Norov, 44, is from Dersene-Us—a remote village some 800 kilometres south of Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. Bayarjargal is a herder and he is also the governor of Dersene-Us.

When not looking after his livestock, Bayarjargal meets with residents, explains state policies, supports their implementation, and listens to people’s grievances. What he often hears is that people have neither the time nor the means to have regular health check-ups.

WHO Representative in Mongolia

Recent highlights in Mongolia

  • A significant collaboration for the malaria program with the army medics working in the border areas of Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    19 May 2017 - The need to strengthen multisectoral coordination and to improve financing in health security were identified as priority action areas by the Joint External Evaluation of Mongolia's implementation of the International Health Regulations, known as IHR (2005). The 11 member team of international experts, who have been working in Mongolia from 12 May, has delivered 60 recommendations to the Government of Mongolia today along 19 thematic areas covered by the evaluation.
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  • WHO scaling up M-Health early screening projects in rural and urban Mongolia
    16 May 2017- Many more disadvantaged people in urban Mongolia and herders in remote rural areas of the country will be able to undergo free health checks and early screenings for communicable and non-communicable diseases due to the "Scaling up the use of mobile health technology at the primary health care and community levels in Mongolia-2017" project, launched today at the Ministry of Health. The mobile health screening of remote and disadvantaged populations, implemented under the “Subnational Health System Strengthening” flagship programme of WHO Mongolia, has been successfully implemented in three soums of UG aimag and two khoroos of the capital's Songino-Khairhan district of Ulaanbaatar in 2016.
  • Raising awareness about depression and combatting stigmatization on World Health Day
    7 April 2017 - Raising awareness about depression, fighting social stigmatization associated with depression, and fund-raising for Mongolia’s first suicide hotline were main themes of the "Depression: Let’s talk" event organized in Ulaanbaatar by WHO Mongolia, National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) and National Public Health Centre. WHO Mongolia presented an exhibit related to the themes of depression, mental health and the leaving no one behind principle, along with a gallery of WHO posters with practical recommendations related to depression.
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  • Study on pulmonary tuberculosis reveals need for expansion of health services to high risk groups
    3 March 2017 - The results of the first pulmonary infectious form of tuberculosis (TB) prevalence study made in Mongolia from 2013-2015 were introduced today to the health sector managers. The study conducted among 50300 urban and rural residents across 15 aimags and 8 districts of Ulaanbaatar, revealed that prevalence of pulmonary smear positive TB (cases with TB bacilli detected with sputum smear microscopy) is three times higher than the annual rate of notified TB.
  • GeneXpert sets handed-over to the Umnugobi aimag and Songino-Khairkhan district
    23 February 2017 - The final hand-over of the last batch of 140.000 USD worth mobile health technology equipment for early detection of communicable and non-communicable diseases in remote and disadvantaged populations of Umnugobi aimag (UG) and Songino-Khairkhan (Skh) district of Ulaanbaatar took place today at the Ministry of Health. Two sets of GeneXpert rapid TB testing equipment were transferred to the heads of Health Departments of the two pilot sites by the Vice-Minister of Heath, L.Byambasuren, and WHO Representative, Dr Soe Nyunt U. <\br> Read more
  • Top health sector managers are encouraged to work with responsibility and initiative
    22 February 2017 - An Annual Conference of Health Managers entitled “The Year of Public Health Promotion-2017” was organised in Ulaanbaatar on 21 and 22 February. The Departments of Health directors from all aimags and districts of Ulaanbaatar, heads of specialised hospitals and centres, and the heads of the Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Centres have discussed the sector’s performance in 2016 and goals and plans for 2017.
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  • Tobacco and alcohol taxes to gradually increase from 2018 to 2020
    18 February 2017 - Tobacco and alcohol taxes are to increase by 10% in 2018, 5% in 2019 and 5% in 2020. This is one of eight fiscal policy actions to be undertaken by the Government of Mongolia (GoM) under the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme the GoM and IMF have negotiated from 1-19 February as the working group level agreement.
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  • Mongolia conducted self-assessment of IHR implementation, identified gaps and set up priority action areas
    7 February 2017 - A self-assessment of Mongolia's implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) was conducted on1-2 February in Ulaanbaatar. Sixty professionals from human and animal health sectors, national disaster prevention and health emergency response organizations, professional inspection, border control and representatives from WHO and other international and development organizations were present during the review exercise.
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  • KOFIH will continue financing mobile health technologies for early health screening
    2 February 2017 - A business meeting with the overseas Ambassadors to Mongolia took place in Ulaanbaatar to discuss the introduction and usage of mobile health technologies for early health screening and diagnosis especially for remote, migrant and disadvantaged populations. The Ministry of Health, WHO and Czech Embassy jointly organised the meeting to present the findings and the results of the “Introduction of mobile health technologies at the primary health care and community levels in Mongolia” project successfully conducted by the Ministry of Health and WHO with the financial support of 300 thousand USD from the Korean Foundation for International Health Care and the NGO, Community Chest of Korea.
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  • The State Policy on Health mainstreaming universal health care is endorsed by the Government
    18 January 2017 - The Mongolian Government has endorsed today the State Policy on Health 2017-2026, a visionary policy document setting the framework for the development of Mongolia’s health sector for the next ten years. The policy document was developed by the core team of public health professionals from the Ministry of Health and its agencies and in consultation with the MPs and the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Policy, Education, Culture and Sciences, and other sectoral Ministries as well as civil society and international organisations.
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