The Safe Anaesthesia Mongolia appeal will provide the right equipment and the right training to Mongolian anaesthetists - to enable them reduce 'the country's massive death rate from burns, maternal complications and trauma from road and industrial accidents. People are dying from easily treatable diseases like appendicitis, open fractured bones, sepsis in obstetrics, bleeding from obstetrics, basic trauma care. It’s just basic surgical need.
So many donations of equipment are done with great generosity but are useless because they are either inappropriate equipment or there is no accompanying education package and therefore no capacity within the country to ever use it.
That's absolutely not the case with Safe Anaesthesia Mongolia where the equipment being donated is the right equipment, and there’s a proven capacity for the Mongolian anaesthetists to take the equipment, to learn how to use it and to provide anaesthesia.
And there’s such a great desire among Mongolians to provide anaesthestics and surgery to all their countrymen. I certainly use a Diamedica machine. They are the right type of draw over anaesthetic machine which doesn’t need electricity, doesn’t need a big oxygen supply, is very robust, very portable and is ideal for the situation.
The Mongolian Association of Anaesthetists are such remarkable people. They are dedicated to providing anaesthesia for all their countrymen and have trained up 200 anaesthetists n the last six years. They have a proven capacity for doing whatever task is set. With Diamedica machines funded by this appeal, we can provide anaesthesia for all.
Thanks for your solidarityOctober 16, 2017
Dr Ganbold Lundeg, Lecturer, Health Sciences, University of Mongollia
I greatly value your solidarity with Global Health Group in Mongolia in launching this appeal. Mongolia has special challenges and also shares many problems facing all low and middle income countries. We can only tackle and eliminate the reasons for avoidable death and disability in these countries with the involvement of people like yourselves.
At least we now know what has to be done. There is strong evidence that safe surgery and emergency care must be made available at primary care level - and thereby be delivered to people who live in distant and remote places and who are thus at a huge disadvantage in having equal rights to medical, surgical and anaesthesia services without the burden of catastrophic health costs.
The group of lecturers and doctors involved in Global Health in Mongolia, working to reach the global goals of sustainable development mapped out by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery of which I am a proud Commissioner, is greatly supported by your offer solidarity in achieving what has seemed unreachable. Of course a successful appeal will help to alleviate the burden of sickness and disability for the people of Mongolia, not least children and their mothers. But whether or not we raise the money, we have already built up trust, friendship, peace and love which is so valuable in everyday life. So thanks to all involved in organising and contributing to this appeal.