UNICEF Mongolia and Swiss Agency help to reduce air pollution impact

2018-11-06 15:37:43

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A project on reducing adverse effect of air pollution on children and pregnant women is to be realized by UNICEF Mongolia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Office in Mongolia.

Within the project to be implemented between 2018 and 2021, the two organizations will back the Government of Mongolia on improving public awareness, upgrading indoor air quality in kindergartens and enhancing medical assistance and services in winter. 

Gabrielle Spirli, Director of Cooperation and Consul General at SDC Office in Mongolia said the recent study by the WHO reaffirms harmful impact of air pollution on human health. The fact must become an alert for other countries. Especially, specialists in environment and health sectors should take urgent measures. The countries have to pursue principles of good governance and to confirm outcomes of required actions to be taken, paying special attention to these sectors. Therefore, SDC and UNICEF Mongolia will render support on reduction of adverse effect of air pollution in collaboration with other partner organizations. We intend to creating possibilities for Mongolian population especially children to breathe clean air throughout the year and to receive good quality medical services.

The project will be implemented in Bayanzurkh district of Ulaanbaatar city and Bayankhongor aimag starting from the 4th quarter of this year. Within the project, it is expected to accomplish the following goals:

- To increase capacity of collecting, spreading and making research and data analysis on mother and child health and air pollution 

- To lower medical risk on preschool children and pregnant women on the basis of actions taken on risk reduction on the spot.  

- To reflect actions on reducing medical risk on mother and child in relevant national and local policies.