“Love the Liver”: Mongolia
Since 2011, FIRE has worked with the Mongolian Ministry of Health, rural governments, health departments, and health care facilities, and local stakeholders in seven provinces, conducting comprehensive liver screening events 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 lifesaving time and information. This project is most often 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. The next is providing education on possible actions. 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 disease transmission throughout 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 to improve their medical waste management and health safety practices.
“Healthy Smiles”: Mongolia
Proper oral health is essential for disease prevention and overall health. Mongolia has the highest rate of cavities per person in the world. Our “Healthy Smiles” 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 utilize the compassion and expertise of experienced medical professionals for building 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.