Japan, ADB Help Improve Hospital Safety in Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA – The Government of Japan has approved a $700,000 technical assistance grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to prepare a project to improve patient and health worker safety in hospitals in Mongolia.

Poorly executed blood transfusions can result in unintentional transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B and C. Efforts are under way in Ulaanbaatar and in medium size cities such as Darkhan and Erdenet to improve hospital medical waste treatment and disposal. Increasing sophistication of health care could result in high rates of hospital acquired infections in the future.

The grant will be used to analyze and make recommendations on blood safety issues, medical waste management practices, and infections contracted in Mongolian hospital. Special attention will be placed on strengthening the blood transfusion and storage capacity in Ulaanbaatar and the provinces.

The central medical waste management facility in the capital and medical waste management system in rural areas will be assessed and remedial measures proposed. An effective surveillance system and measures to address deficiencies in preventing hospital acquired infections will be designed and proposed for implementation.

“The government has established a legal and regulatory framework to address most of the above lapses, but it lacks investment funding, financing of operational costs, management systems, and human resource capacity to implement existing regulatory measures,” said Claude Bodart, Principal Health Specialist in ADB’s East Asia Department.

The government will provide an in-kind contribution of $100,000. The Ministry of Health will be the implementing agency and the completion date is scheduled for around July 2012.

The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction is a grant facility set up in 2000 by the Government of Japan and ADB which provides direct relief and support to extremely poor communities and funds the preparation of ADB grant and loan projects.