Mongolia

TEEEM Work in Arkhangai Province

About 350 miles west of the capital of Ulan Bator in the Steppes of Central Asia in a country with the sparsest population in the world.  It is considered one of the coldest regions of a country that typically experiences below zero degrees Fahrenheit for much of the winter.

Life and Death At a Glance in Mongolia

BIRTH

A baby in Mongolia is about 3 times more at risk of dying in childbirth than in the USA.

LIFE

A worker in the USA lives on a salary that on average is about 15 times greater than that of a worker in Mongolia.

DEATH

A person in the USA typically dies about 15 years later than a person in Mongolia.

Country

POPULATION

PER CAPITA INCOME

LIFE EXPECTANCY
(In Years)

INFANT MORTALITY RATE
(Live Births)

TOP 5 CAUSES OF DEATH

Mongolia

3,076,000

$3,735

65 / 74

18 / 1000

Heart Disease
Stroke
Liver cancer
Cirrhosis
Neonatal disorders

USA

324,460,000

$56,053

81 / 76

6 / 1000

Heart Disease
Cancer
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
Accidents
Stroke

A nomadic couple outside their home-a circular tent called a ger that can be assembled in a few hours

TEEEM Accomplishments

PEOPLE

Small towns and villages with many nomadic peoples living in Gers or Yurts.

CHALLENGES

Very cold, lack of ability to grow many fruits and vegetables.  Consequently, the diet consists primarily of meat, which in turn lead to a high incidence of heart problems.  There is a high rate of diabetes, dental problems and brucellosis, (a disease caused by drinking unpasteurized milk).  Herders and nomads often lack education so many ostensibly do not know simple health facts- for example that smoking is bad for them.

PROPOSED TEEEM PROGRAM

Provide portable medical outreach equipment and services so that medical teams with more sophisticated diagnostic test, (i.e. measuring cholesterol, glucose levels amongst other health factors and measurements), will allow more accurate diagnosis and treatment outside of permanent medical facilities not accessible by this population.  The work will be done in an approximate 50 mile radius in the Arkhangai Province with a population of more than 1,000 nomadic people.