Save the Children in Mongolia has chosen to address health themes by integrating them as cross-cutting themes into the already well established and successful thematic areas of Education, Child Protection, and Child Rights Governance. Child health issues are being addressed within the framework of child protection, as we strengthen the involvement of the medical sector in addressing child maltreatment issues.

Children’s survival, health and well-being will become the priority objective in any Save the Children programs.

Prevention checkup for the children under 0-5 who live remote areas ©Save the Children
Prevention checkup for the children under 0-5 who live remote areas ©Save the Children


A community health project, funded by The Denan Project, USA, has been implemented in Tariat Soum, Arkhangai Aimag since 2012. The project aims to improve the health outcomes of the inter-soum hospital and make it a model hospital within the aimag. For the 5th  year of the project, over 29,000 USD was spent on an ambulance, medical and office equipment, stationery, fuel, doctors` and public health training, monitoring and evaluation.

Provision of equipment and medical supply:

  • The new ambulance was delivered in December 2015 and since then emergency medical services have improved. In 2016, the ambulance covered almost 59,000 km of road responding to 218 emergency calls, and conveying staff 15 times to conduct medical check-ups across different baghs.
  • The Child participation health club is operating smoothly with final year students now focused on training the younger students. Doctors and other staff from the hospital conduct training with the students on a weekly basis.
  • A newsletter jointly produced with the soum governor was distributed bi-monthly to households and health information made available in the soum offices. The hospital was provided with vacuum suction cup and coagulation analyzer equipment, the latter used successfully in 53 operations.
  • The hospital campaigned to raise awareness about communicable and non-communicable diseases, reaching a total of 381 households. The hospital organized medical check-ups in six baghs to monitor pregnant women, new mothers, children with age of 0-5, with a team consisting of gynecologist, pediatrician, immunization nurse, and social worker.
  • Community members received detailed information on health effects of smoking, 287 households received advice on reducing salt in their diet and 300 brochures were distributed throughout the community.
  • Training for primary students on hand-washing hygiene for 141 children and their teachers by the social worker of the hospital as well as training for new mothers on healthy eating and nutrition for children aged 0-5.

Denan project ©Save the Children


Due to general state budget cuts (in relation with long-term economic slow-down) and to the dzud, soum hospitals could not ensure the basic but essential outreach health care activities for herders. Extreme road conditions increased fuel consumption and budget. In addition, as temperatures reached extremely low level and snow/ice covered up a huge part of soums, doctors had to spend 6 to 10 hours on the road to reach those families.

Road condition got worse during winter and spring months ©Save the Children
Road condition got worse during winter and spring months ©Save the Children

Therefore, Save the Children Emergency Fund provided fuel support to hospitals of 5 soums severely affected by the dzud in Arkhangai and Bayan-Ulgii aimags. It helped to resume prevention check-ups, emergency calls and ensured that herders’ families get a minimum appropriate and timely care, particularly pregnant women, children under 5 years old).

Project Achievement in 2017:

A total of 10,019 individuals including 2000 girls and 1900 boys, pregnant women, persons with disabilities and persons with chronic illness were reached. 
  • Prevention check-ups: 7,800 person, 8,000 km
  • Pregnant Women check-ups: 380
  • Check-ups for children under five: 1,200
  • Check-ups for person with disabilities, person with chronic illness and elderly persons: 900
  • Emergency calls: 85 calls and 11,400 km distance of roads were run
  • Support for the most urgent and essential medical tools for the hospital: 5,7 million MNT