FIRE has worked closely with local Rotary Clubs since 2004. During the 2004 and 2005 aid distribution trips in Mongolia, the assistants and translators were RotarAct volunteers from the Ulaanbaatar RotarAct Club.
In 2006, FIRE brought 80 computers to Mongolia. In cooperation with the Ulaanbaatar Rotary Club, they were each loaded with English language teaching software and distributed to 12 schools in both Ulaanbaatar and the countryside, including a deaf student learning lab and vocational school.
Between 2009 and 2012, FIRE worked with the Albuquerque Del Norte Rotary Club in New Mexico, USA and the Selbe Rotary Club in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to distribute 152,000 sharps containers (biohazard boxes for sharp medical waste) to 305 rural hospitals and clinics in Mongolia in 10 provinces and trained 2,030 health care workers. This was a two-year supply of sharps containers for every hospital in each province. These containers were distributed in conjunction with a one-day training session for representatives of every hospital on proper use of the containers, proper medical waste management, the distribution of educational posters and handouts as well as a one-hour training DVD which FIRE wrote, directed and produced.
In 2015, FIRE, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar, the School of Dentistry of Mongolian National University of Medical Science (MNUMS), and the National Center of Public Health, completed a pilot project to improve oral health among kindergarten-aged children.
Both FIRE’s Executive Director and Medical Director, Dr. Munkhjargal Ayurzana, in Mongolia are Rotarians. They are members of the Flagstaff Rotary Club and Ulaanbaatar Rotary Club, respectively. Dr. Munkhjargal will be the President of her club in the 2016-2017 year. We continue to visit and speak at Rotary Clubs around the world.
We are eager to work with Rotary clubs and districts from around the world to implement life-changing programs. Please contact us if you would like to support an existing program or start a new project.
“Hepatitis Free Mongolia” : GG1529067
This Global Grant is initiated by the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), District 3450 and the Flagstaff Rotary Club (Arizona, USA), District 5510 called, “Hepatitis Free Mongolia,” Global Grant GG1529067.
Mongolia has the highest rates of viral hepatitis B, C and liver cancer in the world. 77% of the population have or have had hepatitis B at some point in their life. 1 in 6 people have hepatitis C. Liver cancer in Mongolia is six times higher than the international average and is responsible for 10% of death.78% of liver cancer patients are not diagnosed until the disease has reached stage III or IV. 85% of liver cancer patients die within one year of diagnosis.
Mongolia has a small population (3 million people), 98% literacy rate and excellent health care infrastructure. The high literacy rate and small population makes awareness campaigns extremely effective. The small population and well-designed health care system makes screening, testing, vaccination and intervention campaigns manageable. These combined factors create an ideal opportunity for Rotary Clubs around the world to come together to effect lasting change against a tremendous viral epidemic. Through the spirit of fellowship
and service above self, Rotary is in the unique position to be able to eliminate viral hepatitis in Mongolia just as it has done with
Polio across the world.
The total budget is $150,000 (USD). Through the Global Grant funding process, Club and District donations are matched, maximizing the impact of your dollars. We are requesting Rotary Clubs to donate at least $1,000 and Districts to donate at least $5,000 for this project.
Once matched, your $1,000 could provide the following;
- 30 ultrasound examinations
- 70 full courses of hepatitis B vaccination
- 30 participants provided with an accurate diagnosis for the first time, enabling them to change and save their lives
- 200 people educated about hepatitis prevention and treatment
Links to resources and more information
Healthy Smiles: Oral Health for Kids
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that proper oral health is essential to a person’s overall health and the prevention of disease. According to the National Program on Oral Health in Mongolia, 83.9% of children under age six are diagnosed with oral cavities, 90-92% of whom need immediate treatment.
FIRE has an ongoing project in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar, the School of Dentistry of Mongolian National University of Medical Science (MNUMS), and the National Center of Public Health to improve oral health among kindergarten-aged children. Activities include an assessment of the children’s oral health, teaching the students proper oral health practices, and distributing supplies such as toothbrushes and calendars for tracking their teeth brushing routines. It also includes creating a supportive environment for children to brush their teeth, through outreach and training of parents and teachers. A complete teaching toolkit is given to each school in the program so that they can continue to teach the children proper oral hygiene. Toolkits include: a Velcro teaching apron, cartoons, booklets, and many interactive teach aids.