Lifestyle diseases, communicable and non-communicable diseases are major health threats in Mongolia. The Health Program of ADRA Mongolia aimed to contribute in spreading healthy lifestyle and reducing most common communicable and non-communicable diseases that can be prevented among the Mongolian general population and youth with special emphasis on demonstrating the tobacco damages and reducing smoking rates. ADRA has also helped students living in dormitories to keep themselves safe from the Human immunity virus and other sexually transmitted infectious diseases. To accomplish this, ADRA has trained peer educators and volunteers who worked on a regular basis with university students and also worked closely with the media sources to reach out to as many youngsters as possible.
The Health Program of ADRA Mongolia successfully contributed to spreading healthy lifestyle and reducing most common communicable and non-communicable diseases that can be prevented among the general population and youth of Mongolia.
In 2008 to 2011, the program implemented “Health Education against Tobacco” project to demonstrate the tobacco damages, reduce smoking rate and promote healthy lifestyle, and “Safe Choice” project to prevent students living in the dormitories from the Human immunity virus and sexually transmitted infectious (STI) diseases through the peer educator and volunteers.
“Safe choice” project focused on training students, peer educators and health volunteers to communicate with the dormitory students to help them understand their responsibility for themselves and their loved ones as well as the society, and supported them in changing their risky actions. In order to revise the false perceptions about the STI disease and safe relationship and spread realistic information about healthy choices, the project organized all sorts of promotion and public activities including the trainings, seminars, lectures, meetings with the doctors, health check activities, events and competitions etc.
The project worked closely with the media sources to reach out to as many young people as possible. The radio program “Safe choice” of FM 104.5, the family radio, was broadcasted widely in Ulaanbaatar, Nalaikh and other isolated areas like Khuvsgul and Bayankhongor provinces. The radio program is still continuing to broadcast and discuss about common issues that people frequently talk about but give wrong perceptions among the youth. The program helps them to understand and avoid possible mistakes and risks.
AROC (ADRA Reaching Out to the Community) project deals with a community outreach holistic strategy. It helps volunteers to implement local health trainings (HT – also called HEALTH EXPOs). The aim is to work together with MM to empower churches to help ADRA reach the community and establish a local point where beneficiaries can get their basic primary health services. It introduces steps for successful application of Health EXPOs (further on referred to as HE) and aims to train individuals to gain health expertise. It aims to assist with achieving a higher standard of living in certain local communities of Mongolia.
It trains individual volunteers on how to approach, design and implement programs which will result in raising health awareness and a change in diets among participant as well as using GTS (Global Telehealth Services) and peripherals to monitor their health state.
The GTS running on smart tablets is communicating through Bluetooth with the following peripherals: Blood glucose meter, Handheld ECG (Electro Cardio Gram) monitor, Blood pressure monitor, Thermometer, Weight scale and Pulse Oximeter. Local volunteers help the community also by connecting with nearby Family Centers, hospitals, health institutions and government officials.