Mongolian
Sum Health
Project
 

Need

While hospitals in the capital Ulaanbatar have equipment and supplies the rural or sum hospitals often have only staff and beds. Both Mongolian traditional medicine and modern medicine could play a role in keeping nomadic herders healthy.

Mongolian traditional medicine is cost effective, culturally appropriate, and powerful. For instance, when Nomadicare invited Mongolian traditional medicine doctor, Dr. Boldsaikhan, MD to teach a course at the University of Vermont, he shocked the class by diagnosing a student’s brain tumor from a urine sample. He was right. The student had been previously diagnosed at the University Medical Center. 

 

Program

In two aimags (provinces) Nomadicare implemented training to harmonize modern medicine with traditional practices. A doctor and a laboratory technician or nurse from each sum hospital attended the training. 

Impact

Fifty health care providers in South Gobi and 80 in Khovsgol were trained to harmonize Eastern and Western medicine. As a result, a population of 175,000 rural Mongolians now have access health care closer to home. 

Future Plan

The government has provided microscopes to all rural hospitals. Nomadicare helped start this process.

South Gobi Hospital Project

South Gobi Hospital Project

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Laboratory Training

Diagnosis

Tests: Biochemistry and immunology, urine test, hemoglobin, glucose test, complete blood tests and others.

Procedures

-Sterile techniques to protect the doctor and patients

-Quality control tests

-Microscope use

-Preparation of patients

-Correct techniques for particular tests

-Testing procedures: drawing blood, collecting urine

Traditional Mongolian Medicine

Diagnosis

-Pulses (12 pulses give condition of the 12 organs)

-Urine

-Tongue

-Observations

-Questions

Treatment/public health/prevention

-Lifestyle changes

-Diet

-Natural Medicines

-Thearapies such as acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, massage, and energy healing