GeneXpert sets handed-over to the Umnugobi aimag and Songino-Khairkhan district
23 February, Ulaanbaatar - 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. The project, "Introduction of mobile health technologies at the primary health care and community levels in Mongolia" was implemented with financial support of 300 thousand USD from the Korean Foundation for International Health Care (KOFIH) and the Community Chest of Korea (CCK). The project has delivered portable wi-fi ready equipment as electrocardiogram, ultrasound, blood pressure and blood sugar/cholesterol measuring equipment and rapid tests for detecting HIV/AIDS, STIs and viral hepatitis B and C and laptops and electronic tablets for digital storing of patients’ data. The pilot project was implemented from 1 January 2016 through 31 January 2017 within the framework of the “Strengthening sub-national health systems”, a flagship programme of WHO in Mongolia. The m-Health project delivered integrated health screenings for communicable and non-communicable diseases to 14,242 residents in three pilot sites in Umnugobi aimag and two pilot sites in Songino-Khairkhan district of Ulaanbaatar helping many people to prevent illnesses or identify progressing diseases and take care of their health early. In 2017 the KOFIH will expand its support to 4 aimags and 2 districts of Ulaanbaatar with USD 250 thousand of financing.