ADB is Mongolia’s largest multilateral development partner, supporting the country’s development priorities since 1991. 

Over three decades, Mongolia and ADB have successfully implemented development projects and programs across all sectors including health, social protection, education, urban development, transport, energy, agriculture, rural development, finance, and trade. These projects are improving people’s lives for the better.

This video shows how Mongolia, in partnership with ADB, has been improving access to essential primary health services, upgrading hospitals across the country, strengthening the use of information communication technology to support diagnostic and treatment capacity of rural health care providers, reforming health insurance, enhancing health infrastructure and human resources, and strengthening national blood safety. 

For the full documentary about ADB’s three-decade partnership with Mongolia, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ADBMongolia

Transcript

Ts.Erdembileg, State Secretary, Ministry of Health:
Mongolia’s health sector has been cooperating with ADB for 30 years since 1993.

Narrator:
Important achievements and sector-wide reforms were launched. Projects have supported universal access to essential primary health services, upgraded hospitals throughout the country, and strengthened use of information communication technology to support diagnostic and treatment capacity of rural health care providers. ADB-financed projects in the health sector invested in building new facilities, upgraded buildings and equipment for district and family health centers as well as province general hospitals. As part of health sector reform, ADB proposed to streamline hospital services in Ulaanbaatar, which were extensive but inefficient. The capacity and services of district hospitals were limited. Patients need to go to tertiary level hospitals for simple cases that could be treated at the district level. The Songinokhairkhan district hospital which serves residents of Ulaanbaatar’s largest district, has been expanded and upgraded with ADB’s support. The new hospital provides specialized services that were previously unavailable at district level hospitals and will serve as a conceptual model for other district hospitals.

D.Sunjidmaa, Vice Director, Songinokhairkhan General Hospital:
The Government of Mongolia and ADB have established a Euro-standard district general hospital for the first time in the capital city within the framework of the Fourth Health Sector Development project.

Narrator: 
In addition to upgrading hospital facilities and infrastructure, ADB played a major role in strengthening national blood safety standards by establishing an internationally accredited blood transfusion center and upgrading blood banks in all 21 provinces. Improvements in blood safety, sterilization, medical waste management, and microbiology laboratories in general hospitals throughout the country have come at an important time as the COVID-19 pandemic strained the healthcare system worldwide. ADB also helped Mongolia increase access to safer medicine nationwide, by upgrading the national drug control laboratory to international standards, upgrading national pharmaceutical manufacturing practices, and helping national manufacturers meet these standards.

Ts.Erdembileg, State Secretary, Ministry of Health:
In 2018, ADB helped develop a plan to reform the health insurance system. Subsequently, the Parliament of Mongolia and the Government of Mongolia passed resolutions. From 2021, a new system called a single purchaser system and performance-based financing was introduced in the health sector.

As of April 2022, ADB provided a total of $430 million for 54 projects to support the health sector in Mongolia.
 

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