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Good health for all Mongolians: the Government and the World Health Organization renew their commitment


Mongolia has its sights set on long life expectancy, ecological balance, and fewer people living in poverty by 2030. The World Health Organization (WHO) is a key health partner supporting Mongolia’s efforts to pursue a strategic path towards universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals. In this spirit, Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, and Dr Ayush Tsogtsetseg, Minister of Health of Mongolia today, launched the new Mongolia–WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2017–2021 in Ulaanbaatar, jointly committing to pursue good health for all Mongolians.

WHO Representative a.i. in Mongolia pays a courtesy visit to the Minister of Health


WHO Representative a.i. in Mongolia, Dr Segey Diorditsa, paid a courtesy visit to Mongolia’s Minister of Health, Dr Tsogtsetseg Ayush, on 2 August. The Minister congratulated Dr Diorditsa with his new position. “I’m grateful for WHO’s support and close collaboration with the Government of Mongolia. The Ministry of Health and WHO have years of very close and productive cooperation that I’m sure will continue on,” said Dr A.Tsogtsetseg.

Mongolia’s National Immunization Programme is evaluated as well-established amid existing challenges


9 June 2017 — The joint national-international comprehensive review of Mongolia’s National Immunization Programme (NIP) conducted from 17-31 May concluded that the country has a “well-established and integrated NIP, that incorporates other preventive services and motivated staff interested in reaching goals”. Ten international monitors from WHO headquarters, WHO Western Pacific Region, WHO and UNICEF Representatives’ Offices in Mongolia and USA Centres for Disease Prevention and Control have worked hand-in-hand with the national counterparts to aid the country in assessing its NIP.

Mongolia to share experiences on reflecting the Leaving No One Behind in health policy and planning at WHA

A World Health Assembly side event on “Leaving no one behind in the Sustainable Development Goals: Equity, gender and human rights policy to practice” is scheduled to take place later today with participation of Mongolia’s Minister of Health, Dr Tsogtsetseg Ayush, and the Minister of Health of Chile, Ms Carmen Castillo Taucher. Mongolia, along with Norway, Chile, Indonesia, Nepal, Mozambique, Canada, Spain and other Member States have worked with WHO to promote increased focus on equity, gender and rights in health policies, strategies, programmes and information systems.

WHO Representative a.i. 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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