The project supported by a grant from Rio Tinto Group successfully wraps up

2021-05-28 21:07:40

“Building the Capacity for COVID-19 Diagnosis and Service Delivery for the Most Vulnerable in Mongolia amidst Pandemic” project reached its goal and objectives and organized its closing event on this day. In March 2020, Rio Tinto announced to support global grassroots community for COVID-19 preparedness and recovery in countries where it operates.

As a result of the strong advocacy efforts by Rio Tinto’s subsidiary in Mongolia and Oyu Tolgoi LLC, 602 thousand USD which equals to 1.7 billion MNT was allocated for Mongolia. UNFPA Mongolia Country Office’s project proposal to enhance the health services of Mongolia was selected for funding.

The overall goal of the project is to build the capacity of the healthcare facilities serving the poor and high-risk populations to accurately diagnose COVID-19 and other infections, and to provide telemedicine services for patients and pregnant women requiring regular medical checkups by specialists amid COVID-19 pandemic.

UNFPA Mongolia Country Office has implemented the project in partnership with Oyu Tolgoi Mongolia LLC, establishing 4 fully equipped PCR-based molecular diagnostic laboratories, equipping 86 primary health care providers with updated health care provider kits and software for outreach health services, and organizing training for the delivery of outreach health services by telecommunicating with medical specialists.

The project closing event was enriched with live broadcasting from laboratories specialists and primary health care providers from Dornogobi and Umnugobi provinces, who demonstrated their usage of equipment and supplies provided by the project. The event was closed by Ms Kaori Ishikawa, Head of Office, UNFPA Mongolia, who pointed out the importance of strong partnership in the successful implementation of the project, and common desire and vision to combat the pandemic

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