Children in Mongolia are facing the challenges of malnutrition; since 20% of children below 5 years old are anemic, while about 13% of them are underweight and many suffer from other nutrition-based conditions, such as skin disease and rickets. Mongolia is threatened by a dzud, which is a multiple natural disaster consisting of a severe winter and a summer drought, resulting in food insecurity, malnutrition, and acute infections particularly for children and pregnant women.
This brief entails the contributions of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to reduce chronic malnutrition among Mongolian children through:
a grant supporting the country’s partnership strategy pillar of inclusive social development
Poverty Reduction project on Protecting the Health Status of the Poor during the Financial Crisis, with the United Nations Children’s Fund, World Vision Mongolia, and ADB’s Japan Fund
development and institutionalization of formal undergraduate and graduate public health nutrition training
Finally, the brief concludes that the grant is geared toward improving health policy and project management. It facilitates inter-institutional coordination and supports policy analysis based on the knowledge outputs of the approaches. Further, the grant provides models for use by the MOH to carry out reforms to better provide health services to communities.