Technology Brings First-class Health Services to Rural Mongolia

Video | 7 April 2017

Mongolia, with support from ADB, is improving primary health care in remote areas across the country thanks to technological innovations such as e-Health and Telemedicine.

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Arkhangai province, Mongolia

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Herdswoman Oyuntuya and her son Elbegdorj are on their way to the local medical center for a check-up.

Ten-year-old Elbegdorj has a heart condition and must see the doctor every three months.

Oyuntuya Baldan-Ochir, Herdswoman, Khotont Soum, Arkhangai province

“My son is ten years old and needs regular check-ups because of his arrhythmia.

“The best hospital is in Ulaanbaatar, which is 520 km away.

“While our local doctors are quite good they lack proper facilities for tests, diagnosis, and treatment.

“My husband needs to stay home to look after our livestock.

“Before the project, we had to travel to the capital for medical treatment four times a year but the cost of travel, medical tests, and food was just too high.

“Everything in the capital is expensive. So my husband had to borrow money to cover our son’s medical bills.

“Thanks to the project, our family started receiving good medical service locally.

“The quality of care in the soum [local authority] and provincial hospitals improved greatly.

“If we need help, we turn to Telemedicine, which saves time and money.

“Thanks to the savings we are able to make, we no longer need to borrow money from the bank to pay for our older son’s college fees.”

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A total of 5 provincial hospitals and 10 health centers were built and another 10 renovated under the project.

Five general hospitals and 151 family health centers also received medical equipment.

More than 5,542 health professionals, 4,200 of whom are women, received training.

The project improved access to health services in rural areas.

Primary health care services for more than 700,000 people in five provinces and two districts in Ulaanbaatar were strengthened.

Oyunchimeg Lkhamsuren, Doctor, Family Health Center

“In the past, it took doctors and nurses hours to do paperwork every day.

This caused many staff to leave.

Thanks to e-Health software, medical records are now stored electronically.

There is no longer the need to write up every single thing, which saves so much time.

Freed from paperwork, staff can now focus on treating patients and communicating with them.

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Mongolia, with support from ADB, is improving primary health care in remote areas across the country.