The handover ceremony took place at the Ministry of Health and was attended by Dr Enkhbold Sereejav, Minister of Health, Mr Marco Ferri, Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union Delegation to Mongolia, and Dr Sergey Diorditsa, WHO Representative to Mongolia.
Mongolia has been experiencing a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases since March 2021. With the increasing number of cases, severity and deaths, the national health system is at high risk of being overwhelmed. In response to community transmission, the Ministry of Health has revised the national response strategy and developed a plan to strengthen the Ulaanbaatar City Health Department. Nine district health centers under the City Health Department will conduct response measures including early detection, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, testing, monitoring of vulnerable, high-risk populations and vaccination.
Thus, the MCCR project’s first objective is to contribute to strengthening early detection, contact tracing, information management and targeted intervention. Procurement of computers for expanded contact tracing, case investigation, and rapid response teams will strengthen the capacity of Information and Planning pillar to suppress community transmission and prevent transmission among vulnerable populations.
Furthermore, in line with the project’s second objective to improve the quality and capacity of laboratories, essential laboratory test kits and reagents will be provided. This will support Mongolia to continue conducting testing and active surveillance.
Additionally, the MCCR project aims to improve accessibility and quality of essential health care logistics and services. The continued provision of these services is key to ensuring that everyone has access to essential health services to stay safe and protected, especially during the pandemic. Essential medical equipment and tools are provided to be used across all levels of the health care and service in both urban and rural settings, specifically:
About “Mongolia COVID-19 Crisis Response” project
A three-year joint project “Mongolia COVID-19 Crisis Response” was launched on 30 October 2020. The European Union is providing support of EUR 1 million and WHO is providing EUR 62,000 and technical guidance to Mongolia’s health sector. The project will be implemented by WHO Mongolia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and will focus on three specific areas: strengthening the capacity of the national health system to monitor, prevent, and control the spread and effects of COVID-19; strengthening laboratory capacity at national and sub-national levels; and ensuring continuity and quality of essential health care services during wide-spread community transmission and lockdown.
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