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​New partnership aims to build a stronger health care sector

Graphic: Participants in a regional training program run by the Commission

Health care workers across Mongolia are seeing their work from a new perspective after taking part in a training program on health and human rights.

Health care professionals across Mongolia will have the opportunity to see their work from a new perspective, with the National Human Rights Commission rolling out a training program on health care and human rights.

The program was developed as part of an agreement between the Commission and the Health and Development Center of Mongolia.

It is the first time that the Commission has worked with health care practitioners to promote a human rights-based approach in the delivery of health care services.

More than 8,000 health care practitioners take part in professional development training each year but, until now, these programs have not addressed human rights and how they apply to the sector.

"We saw there was an urgent need to include human rights education in the mandatory training for health care workers and begin a conversation about how health services can better meet the needs of patients, especially those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged," said the Commission's project implementing team.

A human rights-based approach to health care is based on the principles of:

  • Universal access; health care is affordable and comprehensive for everyone
  • Availability; health care is available to all communities and in all geographical areas
  • Acceptability and dignity; health care services provide culturally appropriate care and respond to the needs of all people, regardless of gender, age or background
  • Quality; health care must be of good quality and be provided in a timely, safe and patient-centered manner.

I have been working as a nurse for 33 years and it is my first time to attend a human rights training. The training has raised my awareness of human rights and enabled me to see my work from a human rights perspective.

Training participant, workshop held in the Health Center of Bayanzurkh District, Ulaanbaatar

The Commission began its outreach program in April 2018, providing human rights education for health care practitioners in Zavkhan and Govi-Altai provinces and then in Umnugovi province in May 2018.

The Commission has also been providing face-to-face training for health care practitioners in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, starting in Bayanzurkh District.

In addition, it will run an online course for those working in other parts of the country.

To support its training program, the Commission has published a brochure and a handbook on the right to health.

While the project is due to conclude in June, the Commission will continue to provide face-to-face training for health care practitioners in regional provinces and in other districts of Ulaanbaatar throughout 2018.

Date: 23 May 2018


Participants contribute ideas during the Commission's workshop

The Commission's training program – "Advancing the human rights education of health care practitioners in Mongolia" – will run from April to June 2018.

It is supported by a grant provided through the EU NHRI project, which aims to build the capacity of national human rights institutions across all parts of the globe.


Image credits

  1. Participants in a regional training program run by the Commission - National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia
  2. Participants contribute ideas during the Commission's workshop - National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia