Fifth Health Sector Development Project (FiHSDP), 2014-2018
In July 2014, FIRE began working with the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) to provide consultants services to the Mongolian Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) for the Asian Development Bank funded Fifth Health Sector Development Project (FiHSDP), to improve the health safety in hospitals across Mongolia. This project had significant environmental, health, and safety benefits, and improved patient and health care worker safety. Main areas of focus were improving the safety of blood transfusions, strengthening medical waste management and improving infection prevention control in hospitals.
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 has scientifically studied the samples, and FIRE has also conducted a risk factor questionnaire with all participants. The test results from NIH and the questionnaire responses will be analyzed to provide a greater understanding of the source of hepatitis in the health care environment.
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 152,000 sharps containers (biohazard boxes for sharp medical waste) to 305 rural hospitals and clinics in Mongolia in 10 provinces and trained 2,030 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.
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.
Dulaan Project, 2005 – 2015
Dulaan is the Mongolian word for warm. This project inspired the generous spirit of the knitting community to help meet the urgent needs of Mongolia’s impoverished people. Knitters from around the world ship their handmade items directly to the FIRE office in the United States and Mongolia. The items were distributed directly those who needed them most before and during winter. This project received and personally distributed 50,000 hand-made, new winter items.
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, specific winter clothing to the poorest people we could find. 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.