AmeriCares work has focused on helping the most at-risk populations, specifically orphans and the homeless, who experience high rates of malnutrition, are left vulnerable to the harsh climate, and have little or no access to clean water and sanitation.
Snapshot of Mongolia:
Mongolia’s extremely harsh climate features long winters. For more than half of the year the temperature is far below freezing, reaching averages of negative 30 degrees. Most families have very limited access to electricity and modern amenities. Efforts to make health care more accessible have been hindered by the country's climate, geography, widely dispersed population and lack of infrastructure. Critical health issues:
- Basic health care access
- Malnutrition and lack of clean water and sanitation
Since 2000, AmeriCares has delivered more than $22 million worth of of medical aid and humanitarian relief to help the people of Mongolia. AmeriCares donations benefit a large network of public and private healthcare facilities throughout Mongolia. In partnership with the Mongolian chapter of the Fraternité Notre Dame, donated medicines and supplies have supported orphanages for abandoned children, a housing settlement for underprivileged families, and community outreach programs for the homeless.
In 2000, AmeriCares responded to the Government of Mongolia's appeal for international assistance after a brutal winter killed more than 800,000 livestock and left a large portion of the population in need of food, clothing and medicine. AmeriCares delivered lifesaving medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian relief.
Important aid provided by AmeriCares includes nutritional supplements. Nutritional supplements are essential for the treatment of malnourished children suffering from Vitamin D deficiency, a condition that often leads to rickets. Rickets is the softening of bones that causes fractures and deformities. This very preventable disease is common among orphaned, starving children in Mongolia. Read More »
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Mongolia to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Mongolia
Nearly 24% of the children under age 5 in Mongolia are suffering from a lack of Vitamin D, meaning that many children have the bone disease rickets. AmeriCares is helping to address this problem through an ongoing partnership with Fraternité Notre Dame by recently delivering 15,800 cans of infant formula—enough to support the group's basic nutritional program.
AmeriCares helps support medical care for mongolian orphans and other patients in great need.