“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 to conduct comprehensive liver screening events in rural Mongolia. 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 by specialists, given an ultrasound and fibroscan examination and are connected to treatment. This project prioritizes uninsured, impoverished individuals living in rural communities without access to these services. 35% of the people we see during these screens are given some sort of positive diagnosis, giving them the time and information to save their lives. By receiving an earlier diagnosis, patients have a greater chance of survival and treatment. This project is currently focused on rural, uninsured and impoverished Mongolia who do not have health insurance, but is 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 provide education on actions that need to be taken. FIRE works with local, state, and community-based organizations, health departments a health care facilities to conduct awareness campaigns through the media and community events.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC): Mongolia
To prevent the risk of disease transmission to health care workers, and eventually to the general public, 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 every health care facility 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 overall health and the prevention of disease. Mongolia has the highest rates of cavities per person in the world. This program works with impoverished kindergartners in Ulaanbaatar 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 and calendars for tracking their teeth brushing routines. All children also have their teeth treated and fixed.
Medical Missions: Mongolia, Nepal
FIRE’s medical mission trips build bridges of cross-cultural understanding by combing the compassion and expertise of experienced medical professionals with remote communities. Each trip is careful research and prepared to be able to assist communities where they need it most in the responsible, sustainable and empower ways possible.