IPC Mongolia

Blood Safety, Medical Waste Management, and Infection Prevention Control
Duration: 
2014 - 2017
Country: 
Mongolia
Client: 
Ministry of Health, Mongolia
Funder: 
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Subcontractor: 
Flagstaff International Relief Effort (FIRE)
Summary: 

The Blood Safety, Medical Waste Management, and Infection Prevention Control Project is a sub-project of Mongolia's Fifth Health Sector Development Project (FiHSDP). In partnership with the Flagstaff International Relief Effort (FIRE), the Canadian Society of International Health (CSIH) is working to introduce international standards to the Mongolian health system’s procedures on blood transfusions, waste management, and infectious diseases through capacity building and supporting improvments to health infrastructure.

Project Description: 

Mongolia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, with less than 3 million people. Health service delivery has been hampered by low population density, as well as severe shortages in social services, and limited capacity to improve the accessibility and quality of hospital services.

The safety of patients and health workers is compromised by lapses in hospital hygiene, blood transfusion practices, and proper disposal of healthcare waste in both the public and private sectors. The prevalence of Hepatitis B and C among healthcare workers in Mongolia is among the highest in the world. 

Objective: 

To improve Mongolia’s health system procedures, guidelines, and policies in the areas of blood transfusion, infection prevention and control, sterilization, and biomedical waste management through capacity-building and technical assistance. 

Approach/Methodology: 

CSIH works with a team of experienced international consultants, who, along with their Mongolian counterparts, provide technical expertise, collect and review pertinent data and information, develop procedures, guidelines and policies, and carry out capacity building activities to meet project objectives in Ulaanbaatar, and 37 Aimag Hospitals throughout Mongolia.