USAID-WHO partnership strengthens health systems to fight COVID-19 in Mongolia > US Indo-Pacific Command > 2015
U.S. Embassy in Mongolia — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has donated computer equipment and medical staff at the National Mental Health Center of the Mongolian Ministry of Health. The assistance, which will be distributed to psychological counseling units at nine district health centers in Ulaanbaatar, will help build the capacity of health workers to provide counseling and manage mental health issues related to COVID-19 .
USAID Mongolia Senior Development Advisor Thomas Crehan joined partners from the National Mental Health Center for the handover ceremony attended by Dr. G. Gankhuyag, Director, Division of Disease Prevention and Control non-communicable diseases, Ministry of Health; Dr. V. Bayarmaa, Acting Director of the National Center for Mental Health; Dr Ts. Undral, Director of Public Health Division of Ulaanbaatar City Health Department; and Dr S. Bolormaa of WHO Mongolia.
“The mental health of our frontline workers plays an important role in ensuring the health of the entire population and increasing the chances of recovery for patients with COVID-19,” Crehan said. “As the country’s enduring partner and third neighbor, the United States, through USAID, is proud to support Mongolia’s journey to recovery from this global health crisis.”
This assistance is an important part of USAID’s partnership with WHO to build the capacity of Mongolia’s health systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The partnership provides urgent medical equipment and essential devices to health facilities, preventing the spread of the disease and improving the delivery of essential health care and health services related to COVID-19.
To date, the U.S. government has provided more than 24.8 billion MNT ($8 million) to help Mongolia respond to the pandemic.