Orthopedics

The high incidence of trauma injury in Mongolia coupled with the lack of medical professionals proficient in trauma treatment, creates a situation of unnecessary disability and poverty among Mongolia’s population. Orthopedic trauma injuries are common in Mongolia primarily from horseback riding, car accidents and mining injuries. As early as 2002, the Mongolian National Program on Injury Prevention identified the need to “improve the medical care available to injured people, its quality and availability.”

Mongolia has only two state hospitals with the ability to preform orthopedic surgeries to serve nearly 3 million people in a geographic area the size of Alaska. Both hospitals are located in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Patients from rural areas suffering painful orthopedic injuries face a long, uncomfortable trip to get to Ulaanbaatar for possible treatment. The logistics and expenses involved in this journey make it an improbable reality for many rural Mongolians. For those fortunate enough to receive treatment, it may be days or weeks after the initial injury, thereby requiring more extensive, expensive, and complicated care.

 

With the support of Internaionl surgical teams, FIRE as been helping to improve the quality of orthopedic trauma treatment through training and education since 2008. By working with local hospitals in Ulaanbaabatar, FIRE is helping to improve care on all levels, raising standards and efficiency while also providing surgery for the most in need.

 

FIRE is a registered 501c.3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.