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Ulaanbaatar, 22 February 2022 – The National Consultative Meeting on “Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services among women in Mongolia: towards zero-preventable maternal mortality” project, which is the next phase of the well-known Telemedicine for Maternal and Newborn project, took place on 22 February 2022 at Novotel Hotel in Ulaanbaatar. The meeting’s goal is to identify key interventions of the new project, which will be submitted to the Government of Luxembourg, which supported all three previous phases of the project since 2007.

The consultation meeting was organized by UNFPA Mongolia and was participated by representatives and national experts from the Ministry of Health, the National Center for Maternal and Child Health (NCMCH), Maternity Hospitals, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, the Ulaanbaatar City Health Department, district health centers, provincial health departments, the Heart Center of the Shastin Hospital, WHO and UNICEF.

The project outlines the interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health services in select locations of Mongolia. This 7 million USD project for maternal health services over four years, of which 4 million USD will be provided by the Government of Luxembourg, significantly scales up the current resources of UNFPA and the Ministry of Health to reduce preventable maternal deaths.

The project will build on the experience from the implementation of the previous phases, Mongolian government priorities, and comparative advances of the partners. Moreover, a promising consensus has been reached by the participants to address the need for a pediatric cardiac surgery unit at the NCMCH.