Reducing impacts of air pollution on Maternal and Child Health
A rapid assessment of intervention strategies in Bayankhongor, Mongolia
Mongolia has long and very cold winters. People return to the urban area during the winter and remain there during the entire winter. A large number of people live in gers, the tent-like traditional form of dwelling, or in single houses. The gers and houses in ger areas are heated by coal-fired stoves. The apartments are connected to central heating system, also fired with coal.
The air pollution caused by the emission of coal fired stoves provoke serious health effects in children and pregnant women in urban areas in Mongolia. UNICEF, with the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and in collaboration with the Government of Mongolia has been implementing the project “Impacts of air pollution on maternal and child health” and launched pilot interventions to reduce the impact of air pollution exposure to maternal and child health. The interventions are supported by a numberof bilateral and multilateral organisations including the Netherlands Government.
The purpose of the assignment is to carry out a rapid assessment of the comprehensive approach being developed and rolled out by UNICEF and partners in Bayankhongor (BKH). The assessment should provide conclusions and practical recommendations to adjust and strengthen the approach.
The rapid assessment of intervention strategies by UNICEF in Bayankhongor aimag was carried out in 2019.