WR Mongolia Dr Soe Nyunt-U and MCA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Batbaatar signed on the contract of implementation of STEPS survey 2013
Ulaanbaatar, 8 February, 2013- WHO Mongolia Representative Dr Soe Nyunt-U and MCA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Batbaatar. B signed on the contract of implementation of Mongolian STEPS Survey on the Prevalence on Noncommunicable Diseases and Injury Risk Factors and School Health Surveys 2013 at the meeting hall of Ministry of Health.
Dr Soe Nyunt-U, WHO Representative in Mongolia meets with H.E. Prime Minister of Mongolia Mr Altankhuyag to discuss public health issues and WHO collaboration.
The meeting was initiated at the invitation of the PM as part of Government’s priority to strengthen quality of health services at all levels of the health care system. Dr Soe Nyunt-U thanked the PM for the opportunity provided to WHO and other partners to discuss issues and challenges that currently faced the health system and how this can be tackled together.
Healthy City Initiatives Implementation in Darkhan city
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 Erdenent city.
Mongolia Launches the Population based Salt_intake Survey Report
On 20 December, 2012 – Ulaanbaatar – Ministry of Health of Mongolia, World Health Organization and Millennium Challenge Account's Health project and National Public health centre launched "Mongolia salt intake of population and reduce approach survey in 2011".
Food Safety Training Workshop for Directors of Secondary Schools in Ulaanbaatar city
Ulaanbaatar- 17 January, 2013, The Food Safety Training for Directors of Secondary Schools was organized by WHO and MOH. Foodborne diseases and food contamination constitute a growing public health concern as international trade in food continues to expand. In recent years several issues have been generated media and consumer attention in Mongolia including infant formula contaminated with melamine, benzopyrene in instant noodle and food poisoning during school lunch/tea programme. Sixty per cent of foodborne diseases have been occurred during lunch programme of primary schools and organized meals for special occasion such as party, celebration and meeting in Mongolia.
WHO Mongolia Country Staff conduct the end of year staff Retreat
On 18-19 December, 2012 – Ulaanbaatar – The Country staff of Mongolia conducted a two days staff retreat under the leadership of their new WR Dr Soe Nyunt-U with following objectives:
- To brief new WR on country programmes and special projects funded by donors.
- To review and discuss mid-biennium progress on country programme implementation in preparation for the mid-biennium report.
- To discuss the process and contents of the WHO country workplan development for 2014-2015 biennium
- To further build country team with an exercise and brain storm on proposed project on Strengthening Health Systems development at sub-national Level( selected district in Ulaanbaatar city and an aimag)
“Mongol Med” online medical literature database becomes available for all users
On 29 November, 2012 – Ulaanbaatar – Thanks to close cooperation of MOH, WHO, Mongolian Academy of Health Science and Scientific Academy, “Mongol Med” online health literature database becomes available for all users including scientists, research workers, health science students, as well general public.
Smoking bans in all public areas in Mongolia
25 October, 2012, the Parliament of Mongolia passed the amendments to the Law on Tobacco Control. The amended law pays specific attention on prevention of second hand smoking. Thus, it ban smoking in all public areas which include preschools, all types of schools, dormitories, outside schools, gardens, entrance areas and elevators of apartments, public transport, airplanes, trains, airport and train stations, hotel lobbies and common areas, public catering places, trading service and entertainment places, pubs and clubs and workplaces. This amended law will be enforced starting from 1 March 2013.
WHO Country Representative Debriefed with Mongolian President
Ulaanbaatar, 24 October, 2012, WHO Country Representative Dr Wiwat met with Mongolian President Mr Elbegdorj Tsakhia for debriefing on the occasion of the end of his 4 year services in WHO Country Office, Mongolia. Dr Wiwat, firstly congratulated Mongolian President for the country’s achievements and steady progresses in improving the health of its population in recent decades. More specifically, Mongolia is moving forward as keeping a right track to meet the MDG targets. Dr Wiwat also mentioned some key challenges in the health sector that are still need to be addressed, such as disparities of health between urban and rural population, difficult access to health service among rural and per-urban poor population, inadequate health financing, water and sanitation issues, growing burden of Noncommunicable diseases in the country.
Mongolia Establishes a National Stroke Registration System
Ulaanbaatar, 12 October, 2012 – Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in Mongolia. According to the WHO data of 2002, Mongolia is considered as the country with the highest burden of stroke. There is no available data on the incidence of strokes, and also no data on short-term mortality and survival rate. This lack of data hampers effective coordination of stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. There is an urgent need to strengthen the national program for the prevention, early identification and treatment of stroke.
New Senior Officials appointed at Ministry of Health
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Following the parliamentary election in June 2012, the coalition government of Democratic (DPP) and Mongolian Peoples Revolutionary Party(MPRP) was formed. As a result, there were changes of the Ministers, Vice Ministers and senior government officials in all ministeries and agencies.
Within Ministry of Health the following changes were made:
Dr Natsag Udval, who was Vice Minister of Health between 2000 and 2004 and the General Secretary of MPRP, was appointed as the Minister of Health.
Dr Jazag Amarsanaa, was appointed as the Vice Minister of Health.
Dr Khatanbaatar, was appointed as the new State Secretary of Health.