Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The 2020 progress report meeting of the ‘Reducing impacts of air pollution on Maternal and Child Health’ project co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) being implemented in Bayanzurkh district and Bayankhongor aimag was held on December 3. The teleconference of the project consultancy committee was participated by the committee’s chair, Deputy Minister of Health Sh.Ankhmaa, deputy chair of the committee, UNICEF Representative Alex Heikens, project team members from the Health Ministry and the UNICEF, and representatives from the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, National Committee for Environmental Pollution Reduction, Ulaanbaatar City Government, local governments of Bayanzurkh and Songinokhairkhan districts and Bayankhongor aimag, as well as the SDC.
As a result of the project, child mortality rate decreased three-fold in Bayanzurkh district between 2019 and 2020. Moreover, Bayankhongor aimag became a smog-free aimag thanks to the 85-100 percent discount provision of a package called CHIPS (Cooking, Heating, Insulation, Products and Services), which was invented in collaboration with the School of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, to 230 ger-area households of the aimag. 150 additional packages were granted to 148 households and 2 ger-kindergartens of Bayankhongor, Gobi-Altai, and Umnugobi aimags and Bayanzurkh district.
A Reference Air Quality Monitoring Station (BAM 1020) was established in Bayankhongor aimag for measuring and reporting PM 2.5 concentration level hourly and 7 air quality and dust meters were installed at kindergartens and health centers of Bayanzurkh and Bayankhongor.