This Global Grant is initiated by the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), District 3450 and the Flagstaff Rotary Club (Arizona, USA), District 5510 called, “Hepatitis Free Mongolia,” Global Grant GG1529067. Mongolia has the highest rates of viral hepatitis B, C and liver cancer in the world. 77% of the population have or have had hepatitis B at some point in their life. 1 in 6 people have hepatitis C. Liver cancer in Mongolia is six times higher than the international average and is responsible for 10% of death.78% of liver cancer patients are not diagnosed until the disease has reached stage III or IV. 85% of liver cancer patients die within one year of diagnosis.
Mongolia has a small population (3 million people), 98% literacy rate and excellent health care infrastructure. The high literacy rate and small population makes awareness campaigns extremely effective. The small population and well-designed health care system makes screening, testing, vaccination and intervention campaigns manageable. These combined factors create an ideal opportunity for Rotary Clubs around the world to come together to effect lasting change against a tremendous viral epidemic.
Through the spirit of fellowship and service above self, Rotary is in the unique position to be able to eliminate viral hepatitis in Mongolia just as it has done with Polio across the world. The total budget is $150,000 (USD). Through the Global Grant funding process, Club and District donations are matched, maximizing the impact of your dollars. We are requesting Rotary Clubs to donate at least $1,000 and Districts to donate at least $5,000 for this project.
Once matched, your $1,000 could provide the following:
- 30 ultrasound examinations
- 70 full courses of hepatitis B vaccination
- 30 participants provided with an accurate diagnosis for the first time, enabling them to change and save their lives
- 200 people educated about hepatitis prevention and treatment
- 1,000 information pamphlets printed to educate the general population population