Orthopedics

The Problem

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.” Recently the Millennium Challenge Account has identified injury prevention as a one of its major health focuses.

 

Mongolia has only one orthopedic trauma hospital to serve nearly 3 million people in a geographic area the size of Alaska. 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 at National Trauma Orthopedic and Research Center of Mongolia (Trauma Hospital), it may be days or weeks after the initial injury, thereby requiring more extensive, expensive, and complicated care.

 

Many Mongolians suffer permanent disabilities that could have been lessened or avoided altogether with prompt, adequate treatment. By working with both the Soum Hospitals, Aimag Hospitals and Trauma Hospital in Ulaanbaabatar, FIRE is helping to improve care on all levels, raising standards and efficiency nationwide, allowing for earlier interventions and disability induced poverty.

 

 

Program Description

To reduce disability and associated poverty by improving the quality of orthopedic trauma treatment through training and education, FIRE has been actively training health care workers at Trauma Hospital since 2008.  We have helped with the implementation of the SIGN technique (intramedullary rod for long bone fractures) and facilitated volunteer health care workers on mission trips.  In collaboration with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), FIRE has developed a strategy and training curriculum for Western medical professionals to conduct trainings on advanced orthopedic during 2 – 4 week visits.

 

FIRE is currently focused on advanced orthopedic training, but plans to develop a training program for physical therapists as well as rural clinics.

 

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