Region: Central Asia, Mongolia
Author: Sas Carey, NOMADICARE
Consortium Member: Virtual Foundation Director (ECOLOGIA)
Status: Needs Funding Budget: $26000 Collected: $20000 Needs: $6000
Goal: Building on the health data base developed in previous years, to deliver key preventative medical supplies and information; to propose and deliver appropriate treatment for pervasive chronic diseases such as hypertension and anemia among the Dukha population
Comment: For information on the previous years' work with this population, see the "funded projects- Mongolia" section of this website.
Thank you to The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation for their faith in, and continuing support for, this program.
Donors: The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation [April 2010]; individual donors
The Dukha way of life and general health is under threat for several reasons, including:
In 2007, the project finished the data base, identified hypertension and anemia as underlying serious health issues among the Dukha, and began to advocate with the local and national health workers for a plan for adequate care.
Above: teaching Dukha children to floss, August 2007. Most Dukha adults have missing teeth.
Travel to visit the population; follow-up observations and interviews concerning salt and iron (seeking to identify factors contributing to hypertension and anemia).
A cohesive plan for the Dukhas' health care which can be used by the Dukha people themselves, and by local, national and international health care givers;
Diminished eye, teeth and other health problems connected to vitamin deficiency (underway and ongoing since 2004)
Diminished heart disease, muscle weakness and other endemic health issues among the Dukha, connected to hypertension and anemia (the widespread prevalence of hypertension and anemia were revealed by the comprehensive health data base, completed in October 2007). Time Frame: Summer 2008
|Airfare to Mongolia||$2050|
|Rent and board, Ulaanbaatar (40 days @ $15)||$600|
|Ulaanbaatar to Dukhas (travel by jeep, horse, plane)||$1500|
|Food and supplies for team (one month)||$2000|
|Vitamins, first aid kits, medicines, supplies for families||$1500|
|Hospital supplies, solar equipment||$2200|
|Sas Carey $100 per diem, 26 days taiga, 14 days Ulaanbaatar||$4000|
|Camerama and cameraman for documentation of health||$1800|
|Project development and administration||$1630|
|VF administrative fee||$1000|
|Requested for project||$20000|