Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. Urguu Maternity Hospital opened a
molecular laboratory on 19 September 2022 with support of the project on ‘Safeguarding
maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights during the COVID-19
pandemic in Mongolia’, funded by the Government of Luxembourg and executed
During the opening of the laboratory, UNFPA Mongolia Head of
Office Dr. Khalid Sharifi said, “Promoting access to quality maternal health
and ending preventable maternal and newborn mortality are at the very core of
UNFPA’s Global Mandate and Country Programme in Mongolia. The COVID-19 global
pandemic has posed new challenges to maternal health, including the need for
rapid diagnosis and management of infection, which continues to deteriorate the
health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. This
laboratory is not just for COVID-19. It will advance the capacity to identify a
number of infections that affect sexual and reproductive health leading to
adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes.”
The laboratory consists of 22 types of equipment, furniture,
and consumables worth approximately 350 million MNT. The laboratory equipment
was supplied by LifeTronik LLC and enables molecular biology diagnostics, which
has many health service applications, including early detection and prevention
of STIs and cervical cancer.
Under the project on “Safeguarding maternal, sexual, and
reproductive health and rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mongolia” two
more molecular diagnostic laboratories will be established at maternity
hospitals in Ulaanbaatar, which deliver services to more than 30,000 women a
Globally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual and
reproductive health has been widely documented due to disruptions in supply
chain management of contraceptives and delays in quality specialist care and
diagnostics and early detection of maternal complications. Therefore, setting
up advanced molecular biology diagnostics will improve the quality of
diagnostic and treatment services to ensure safe pregnancy and delivery.
With the partnership of the Luxembourg Development
Cooperation Agency, UNFPA supports the Ministry of Health’s efforts to end
preventable maternal deaths and end the unmet need for family planning in
UNFPA Mongolia began supporting the Government of Mongolia
in the late 1970s providing equipment and training to the Central Statistics
Office to undertake the Population and Housing Census of 1979 – and again in
1989. Support for maternal and child health began in the early 1990s and included
training for medical personnel and the provision of modern contraceptives.
The first comprehensive Country Programme between
the Government of Mongolia and UNFPA officially started in 1992 and focused on
the delivery of family planning services and information, and the
promotion of population data usage to support the government’s development
policies and programmes.
UNFPA’s 6th Country Programme in Mongolia was
launched in 2017 with focus on youth participation, realizing the sexual and
reproductive health and rights of youth, and addressing gender-based violence.
The current Country Programme is supporting Mongolia to achieve the
SDGs and is closely aligned and implemented with other UN agencies under the UN
Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2022.
Source: UNFPA Mongolia