Blood Safety, Medical Waste Management and Infection Prevention and Control in Mongolia: Project Results

Blood Safety, Medical Waste Management and Infection Prevention and Control in Mongolia: Project Results


From 2014 to 2019, CSIH led the Blood Safety, Medical Waste Management and Infection Prevention Control project in Mongolia. Funded by the Asian Development Bank and in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Government of Mongolia, CSIH provided capacity building to decision-makers, healthcare providers, and staff across 37 hospitals to improve knowledge and practices, leading to improved health worker and patient safety. 

Project highlights include: 

  • Improved safety of the blood services nationwide, and facilitating the achievement of international certification on quality management for transfusion services.
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures for microbiology laboratories and sterilization departments, and training staff from all project hospitals on the new procedures.
  • Piloting of an active surveillance system for detecting and reporting hospital-acquired infections to the Ministry of Health, and roll-out of the system across the country.
  • Development of guidelines for protection against Hepatitis B and C infection as well as workplace regulation among healthcare workers on blood and body fluid exposure.
  • Recommendations made on sustainable and modernized infrastructure (facilities and equipment) for upgrading of blood services, laboratory services, and medical waste management.

CSIH presented these successes and more at the project’s closing conference in Ulaanbaatar in June 2019. The conference was attended by delegates from the Asian Development Bank, Mongolian Ministry of Health, project stakeholders, and staff from project hospitals. By introducing new practices, and improving the knowledge and skills of health care workers, CSIH has invested in best-practices that will continue beyond the lifespan of the project.

See key results by each project activity: 

Rational Use of Blood
Quality Management System for Blood Banks
National Centre for Transfusion Medicine Equipped
Biomedical Equipment Maintenance
Voluntary Non-Renumerated Blood Donation
Medical Waste Management
Infection Prevention and Control in Hospitals
Biosafety Compliance in Microbiology Laboratories
Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) Surveillance Strategy