“Love the Liver”: Mongolia
Since 2011, FIRE has worked with the Mongolian Ministry of Health, rural governments, health departments, health care facilities and local stakeholders in seven provinces to conduct comprehensive liver screening events in rural Mongolia for 8,526 people. Participants are tested for hepatitis B and C, vaccinated against hepatitis B as needed, screened for various cancers and liver issues including cirrhosis and fatty liver, examined and counseled by specialists, given an ultrasound and FibroScan examination and are connected to treatment. This project prioritizes impoverished individuals living in rural communities without access to these services. 35% of participants are given some sort of positive diagnosis, giving them time and information to save their lives. This project is usually done in conjunction with training health care workers, community awareness activities, infection prevention and control activities and advocacy meetings with the community. This project is scalable and designed to be replicated anywhere in the world.
Community Awareness Campaigns: Mongolia
The first step to ending any epidemic is creating awareness of the problem among the general population and providing education about actions to be taken. FIRE works with local and international state, private and community-based organizations, to conduct carefully crafted awareness campaigns.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC): Mongolia
To prevent continued disease transmission through the health care environment, FIRE has developed a systematic training and supply distribution program for health care workers. Since 2009, in accordance with the National Strategy for Improving Health Care Waste Management in Mongolia, FIRE has worked with health care workers and facilities in 10 out of 21 provinces of Mongolia to improve their medical waste management and health safety practices.
“Healthy Smiles”: Mongolia
Proper oral health is essential to a person’s overall health and the prevention of disease. Mongolia has the highest rates of cavities per person in the world. This program works with kindergarten-aged children to improve their oral health practices. Activities include an assessment of the children’s oral health, teaching the students proper oral health practices, and distributing supplies such as educational videos and booklets, toothbrushes, calendars for tracking their teeth brushing routines and installation of sinks in schools.
Medical Missions: Mongolia, Nepal
FIRE’s medical mission trips combine the compassion and expertise of experienced medical professionals to build bridges of cross-cultural understanding with remote communities. Each trip is carefully researched and prepared to assist communities where they need it most in a responsible, sustainable and empowering way.