The high incidence of injury in Mongolia, coupled with a lack of available surgical treatment and the high cost of surgical implants, creates a situation of unnecessary disability and poverty among Mongolia’s population. Orthopedic and spinal injuries are common in Mongolia, primarily due to horseback riding, car accidents, and mining injuries. Mongolia has only two state hospitals located in Ulaanbaatar with the ability to perform orthopedic and spinal surgeries, to serve nearly 3 million people in a geographic area the size of Alaska.While
the surgical procedure and hospital treatment are covered by the national insurance of Mongolia, the exorbitant cost of necessary implants is not.
Since 2008, FIRE has been hosting and facilitating international surgical teams to travel to Mongolia for training and mission trips.These volunteers help to improve the quality of trauma surgery through capacity development for physicians. By working with local hospitals in Ulaanbaatar, FIRE is helping to improve care on all levels, raising standards and efficiency while also providing surgery for those most in need.
With support from international surgical teams, FIRE has been helping to improve the quality of trauma surgery through capacity development for physicians since 2008. By working with local hospitals in Ulaanbaatar, FIRE is helping to improve care on all levels, raising standards and efficiency while also providing surgery for those most in need.
Spine Care International
FIRE is assisting Spine Care International (SCI) with its neurosurgical mission in Mongolia. In the fall of 2015, SCI will send a surgical team to Mongolia for two weeks to conduct 10 lumbar fusion surgeries at the Third Central Hospital in Ulaanbaatar. SCI and Third Central Hospital are in the process of selecting 10 patients based on income level and the severity of their case. Priority is given to those patients with the most limited economical resources. SCI is not only covering the expenses of the necessary implants but is also covering diagnostic expenses such as CT scans and MRIs.
These surgeries will serve as an intensive training platform for the participating Mongolian surgical team, building capacity and skills for long-term sustainability. SCI will also conduct a lecture series for members
of Third Central Hospital, Health Sciences University and invited guests.
In alignment with FIRE’s missions and values, SCI is a firm believer in sustainable empowerment. Their goal is to provide Mongolia with the resources and tools to be successful and autonomous in the treatment of spine care disorders. They plan to accomplish this through the following objectives:
- Build capacity in Ulaanbaatar with hands on training with the countries best neurosurgeons on an annual basis.
- Build capacity for neurosurgical treatment in rural Mongolia by eventually expanding their outreach to a Regional Diagnostic Treatment Center
- Build a relationship with a medical company to set up a sustainable implant donation system, making the necessary implants for spinal surgeries either free or very low cost for Mongolians.
- Sponsor a Mongolian physician for a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship in the United States.
For more information about SCI, please visit their website.