Fighting the Burden of Trauma in Mongolia

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The leading cause of mortality in Mongolian citizens aged 25-44, and the 3rd leading cause of death countrywide is injury, largely due to road traffic accidents. Mongolia ranks 26th in the world in terms of deaths due to injury. Picture1

Approximately 5.8 million people die each year as a result of traumatic injuries. This accounts for 10% of the world’s deaths, 32% more than the number of fatalities from malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS combined. Injuries are projected to be the 3rd to 5th leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.

On September 12, 2013 Mongolian stakeholders convened to discuss the urgent need for a standardized trauma care training program in their country. They chose the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS®) as the program that most fit their country’s needs.  ATLS®, a trademark of the American College of Surgeons, has been implemented in over 60 countries worldwide, providing systematic education and skills training to physicians for fundamental life saving techniques  (See 1 minute VideoATLS Training).atlslogo Mongolia has high mortality rates due to injury particularly in rural areas, and the implementation of standardized systems and ATLS training has been shown to significantly decrease mortality and disability due to injury in high, middle and low income countries.

In the context of the nationalized healthcare system in Mongolia, the initiation and sustainable development of an ATLS® program requires political and financial support from the Mongolian Ministry of Health and the Mongolian Government.

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