Mongolia Establishes a National Stroke Registration System
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.
MCA-Mongolia and W.H.O. embarked on a project to develop a stroke registry system based on the WHO STEPS Stroke Surveillance system but modified to suit Mongolia’s requirements. The goal was to develop the software to improve national decision making on appropriate policies, protocols and acute disease responses by piloting a national stroke registry to determine the full extent of the problem and track improvements
The work done so far has resulted in the successful development of a solid foundation and “core” stroke surveillance registry system for Mongolia. This foundation is well anchored in the core 2 central city hospitals and 1 district hospital all within the greater Ulaanbaatar city and is an excellent “centre” from which to expand into the surrounding community population and from there beyond into the rest of the country. The information gathered through the Registration System will also contribute to the WHO’s global stroke data base.