Mongolia: Social Inclusion and Protection
Strengthening the health system in Mongolia was one the five strategic priorities of the Mongolian government and World Health Organization between 2010 and 2015. The main objective was to ensure access to basic healthcare services for all inhabitants.
In a country where a significant section of the population lives in very remote rural areas, mobile health services are a vital instrument for securing healthcare service even for the inhabitants from remote localities.
Mobile healthcare service
A total of six four-wheel-drive vehicles equipped with modern diagnostic tools were presented to the regional hospitals in 2011 in Archangaj and Uvurchangaj aimags, in 2012 in Bayankhongor and Zavchan aimags and in 2013 in Huvsgul and Umnogobi aimags. These mobile clinics in regular cycles do the rounds of all of the aimags, supporting the inadequately staffed and equipped rural hospitals and, when necessary, they visit the remotest of places too. Their main objective is the diagnosis and prevention. They carry equipment and materials for providing help in the acute cases.
Medical experts trained 125 employees of regional hospitals to man the off-road mobile clinics. In cooperation with hospitals they also put together itineraries, a monitoring plan and an equipment use manual. Between 2011 and 2013, the mobile clinics provided healthcare to more than 31,000 persons living in remote rural areas.