ULAANBAATAR, 24 September 2015 - Two related United Nations missions visited Mongolia from 7-11 September to support the government in reducing premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), a country where the probability of premature death is 32%.
Since the arrival of the Year of the Water Snake, Oyunsukh Dashnyam, the eldest of three children of an ordinary working family in Mongolia, has faced anxious thoughts on one topic: how to keep her father alive.
A former military man turned miner, 57-year-old Oyunsukh’s liver disease progressed rapidly. He developed a sack-like belly during Lunar New Year celebrations in 2013 and was diagnosed with ascites and a high hepatitis C viral load. In April doctors told Oyunsukh he had cirrhosis1. In October he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Following Mongolian tradition, Tsagaankhuu Battugs had always used a lot of salt when cooking. “We do not add salt to tea in the Gobi, because the water there is naturally salty,” she says. “But our dishes are quite well seasoned with salt.” But Battugs changed her habits two years ago after sitting in on 4 “Pinch Salt” lectures organized for the staff of the Makh Impex company, Mongolia’s largest meat producer. The lectures focused on the ways excessive salt consumption contributes to high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
Sharav Otgontsetseg, 37, from Ulaanbaatar’s Songino-Khairkhan district in Mongolia considers herself very lucky. Mother of two, Otgontsetseg recently underwent surgery for cervical cancer at the country’s National Cancer Centre, after a routine Pap smear tested positive.
Since 2012, cervical cancer screening has been made available for free through family clinics throughout Mongolia for women aged 30 to 60 - thanks to a project supported by the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Recent highlights in Mongolia
November 27, 2013
Training programme on Enterprise Architecture (TOGAF)
Ulaanbaatar - The training programme on Enterprise Architecture (TOGAF) was organized for 10 senior managers from MOH, ITCPT, DOH and other government organizations. An orientation programme for stakeholders was also conducted following the training. Executive ½ day workshop for multi-sector decision makers on Enterprise Architecture has been organized on 28 November 2013 involving MOH, Ministry of Population and Social Development, Social Insurance General Office, Information Telecommunication and Post Agency, IT council at the Prime Minister’s Office and other partners. Decision makers Information on Enterprise Architecture, its application in Mongolia have been discussed during the workshop.
November 15, 2013
The final Workshop of the UN Joint Project was organized on November 15, 2013
Ulaanbaatar - The final Workshop of the UN Joint Project was organized on November 15, 2013. The Government of Mongolia and four UN agencies including UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA have been collaborating to implement the UN joint project "Promoting social equality in the Gobi-areas of South Mongolia by fostering human security with integrated and prevention approaches" supported by the Japanese Government funded UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) since June 2010. The interventions focus on improving condition of water supply and sanitation, access to basic services including primary health care and education, job security, public outreach and dissemination and cover the six target soums of three aimags including Umnugobi, Bayankhongor and Gobi- on Altai aimags of Mongolia. Total of 86 participants attended the workshop including Mrs. Z.Bayanselenge, Member of Parliament and Chair of Parliament Standing Committee on Social Policy, Education, Culture and Science, Ms. Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mongolia and representatives of national ministries, government agencies, project aimag and soum governments, non-project aimags, soum school principles, doctors and the participating UN agencies and other international donors.
05 November, 2013
Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Representative Offices of International Organizations visited Shastin General Hospital #3
Ulaanbaatar- Ambassadors and Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Representative Offices of International Organizations visited Shastin General Hospital #3 on a study tour to observe the centre of excellence established for management of acute stroke and heart attack supported by MCA and WHO. Collaborative efforts and actions to sustain the results and share the experiences with other health care facilities throughout the country were discussed. Guests were impressed with improvements and changes in the acute stroke unit and cardiac intensive care unit with step-down units, which were fully equipped with the most advance technology. The photo story is available on our country office website.
October 23, 2013
The 2nd National Scientific Conference of Hygienists, specialist in environmental and occupational health, hospital epidemiology, virologists and bacteriologists
The 2nd National Scientific Conference of Hygienists, specialist in environmental and occupational health, hospital epidemiology, virologists mad bacteriologists was convened by MOH with support from WHO on October 23, 2013. The participant from many institutions including MOH, National Centre for Public health , NCCD, Health Department of UB City, National Centre for Zoonotic Diseases. General Agency for State Professional Inspection, Municipal Inspection Agency, School of Public Health and HSUM discussed on current situation, challenges and solutions on major public health issues including epidemiological trends, environmental health issues and research in public health.
13 Ocotber, 2013
“World Stroke Day-2013”
The “World Stroke Day-2013” was organized on October 13th, in cooperation with different organizations, TV, media, Cardiovascular Association, Diabetes Association, MOH and WHO and involved numerous people. The day was marked in Ulaanbaatar city, Dornod, Bulgan, Selenge and Darkhan aimags (provinces) and it is becoming the tradition to organize this event every year, involving more and more people and organizations.
October 1, 2013
The International Day of Older Persons was observed on 1st October with a theme “The future we want: what older persons are saying”.
The International Day of Older Persons was observed on 1st October with a theme “The future we want: what older persons are saying”. The Minister of Health announced a 1-month campaign to draw attention to the efforts of older persons, civil society organizations, United Nations and Member States. The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Population Development and Social Protection, and National Gerontology Centre facilitated the discussion in order to hear older persons’ voice about the future they want and their concerns, requests, which live in rural area, in cooperation with the NGOs working for older persons.
10 September, 2013
Workshop on enterprise architecture for e-Health organized in Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia- The Enterprise architecture in e-health/mobile health HIS was organized with participation of Vice Minister of Health of Mongolia Dr J. Amarsanaa, WR Mongolia Dr Soe Nyunt-U, Mr Mark Landry, team leader of Health information, Evidence and Research department of WPRO and many other partners working in areas of e-health development in Mongolia.
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