Why are we here?

Natural disaster

  • Mongolia was hit by a devastating “dzud,” – an extremely harsh winter that follows a very dry summer. With heavy snow, and temperatures as low as -40 to -50C, large parts of the rural population were unable to access any form of healthcare.
  • Hospitals and clinics were damaged, infant mortality rose significantly and the government declared a national emergency.

Devastating dzud

  • Once the snow had melted in late spring, MSF responded by sending an exploration team, and recently completed a pilot project to help the population in one of the hardest-hit provinces prepare for the coming winter.
  • The pilot project took place between September and the beginning of November, in Uvs in the northwest of Mongolia, a province where around 70 per cent of the province’s 80,000 people were affected by the “dzud.”
  • The project pilot involved a range of activities. These included improving infrastructure in five regional health facilities, providing a back-up supply of essential drugs and supplies in provincial and county hospitals, distributing basic first aid kits to herder families and giving refresher training and drugs to 16 community-based medical officers.

For the latest news on where we work visit: http://activityreport.msf.org/
MSF first worked in the country in 1999 and ended in 2010.