Fifth Health Sector Development Project (FiHSDP), 2014-2018
From July 2014 to July 2018, FIRE worked with the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) to provide consultancy services for the Mongolian Ministry of Health (MoH) for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded Fifth Health Sector Development Project (FiHSDP), to improve the health safety in hospitals across Mongolia. This project made significant environmental, health, and safety improvements for patients’ and health care workers’ safety.
Prevalence of Hepatitis Among Health Care Workers Research Project, 2010 – 2018
In 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), initiated an effort with FIRE, the Mongolian Academy of Medical Sciences (MAMS), and the Mongolian Ministry of Health (MoH), to study the prevalence of blood-borne viruses among 1,000 health care workers in Mongolia. NIH scientifically studied the samples while FIRE conducted a risk factor questionnaire with all participants. The test results from NIH and the questionnaire responses have provided a greater understanding of the source of hepatitis in the health care environment.
Healthy Smiles, 2015
Proper oral health is essential for disease prevention and overall health. Mongolia has the highest rate of cavities per person in the world. In 2015, our “Healthy Smiles” program, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar, the School of Dentistry of Mongolian National University of Medical Science (MNUMS), the National Center of Public Health, and Australian Aid, worked with kindergarten-aged children to improve their oral health practices. Activities included 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.
Sharps Boxes Distribution and Health Care Working Training, 2009 – 2012
Between 2009 and 2012, FIRE worked with the Albuquerque Del Norte Rotary Club in New Mexico, USA, and the Selbe Rotary Club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to distribute 152,077 sharps containers (biohazard boxes for sharp medical waste) to 266 rural hospitals and clinics in Mongolia in 10 provinces and trained 1,730 health care workers. This was a two-year supply of sharps containers for every hospital in each province. These containers were distributed in conjunction with a one-day training session for representatives of every hospital on the proper use of the containers, proper medical waste management, the distribution of educational posters and handouts as well as a one-hour training DVD which FIRE wrote, directed, and produced.
Dulaan Project, 2005 – 2015
Dulaan is the Mongolian word for warm. This project collaborated with Mossy Cottage Knits and KPC to inspire the generous spirit of the global knitting community to help empower rural Mongolians with warm, hand-made clothes. 2,3000 knitters from 12 countries shipped 50,000 handmade winter items directly to FIRE in the United States and Mongolia. These beautiful hand-made items were distributed directly to 32,000 individuals who needed them most, hand-to-hand.
Medical Missions in Mongolia, 2005 – 2009
FIRE hosted 23 volunteer medical professionals, ranging in specialties from nurses to Orthopedic surgeons, in Mongolia over six trips. They provided $720,000 of medical supplies to 348 clinics and 1,200 hours of training to 2,100 Mongolian health care workers.
Winter Clothing, Education and Medical Supply Distribution, 1999 – 2009
FIRE’s initial focus when it began work in Mongolia was the distribution of basic aid, specifically winter clothing, to the poorest people we could find. In one of the coldest countries in the world, winter clothing allowed children to go to school and adults to work. FIRE reached 15 of Mongolia’s 21 provinces between 1999 and 2009, shipping 10, 40-foot sea containers. 46 American volunteers went door-to-door guided by local social workers seeking out the neediest families directly on their doorsteps. 76 tons of aid was personally delivered to 65,000 individuals. 80 computers and 6,000 English books were also delivered to one dozen schools. This program laid the foundation for FIRE’s expertise in rural logistics.