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Project information

Safe Anaesthesia for Mongolia

One  million Mongolians live too far away from a hospital to access emergency surgery. We will provide remote hospitals in rural Mongolia with equipment to enable safe anaesthesia and surgery, transforming health care for isolated communities.

September 2017 - September 2019

Charity information: Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide

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  • Need


    One  million Mongolians live too far away from a hospital to access emergency surgery. Mongolia has enough surgeons and obstetricians to provide safe emergency surgery for all throughout this far-flung country. Yet every year, many thousands die or suffer long-term disability from complications of childbirth, serious burns or injuries from road accidents because the country cannot afford the anaesthesia machines to equip local clinics in the remote countryside.


    Equipping 20 operating theatres in strategically located provincial clinics with basic anaesthesia equipment that can function reliably, even in the absence of electricity and medical gases. This will enable essential and emergency surgical procedures in remote areas and save lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide access to safe, affordable anaesthesia and surgical care in rural Mongolia


    » Supply portable anaesthesia machines to hospitals in remote areas of Mongolia

    What success will look like

    Hospital data will clearly show that more patients have received surgical treatments and emergency surgery, saving lives and preventing suffering.

  • Impact


    Improvements in mortality and morbidity rates of patients in rural areas of Mongolia.


    There may be a lack of training or infrastructure at rural hospitals, but this will be assessed before equipment is donated to each hospital. Trained personnel will be encouraged to stay and excel in their role, to ensure the equipment continues to remain in use. The equipment has been designed specifically for low-resource settings, so it is easy to use, maintain and service, lowering the risk of equipment malfunctioning or being abandoned.


    The charity publishes regular updates on its work in its biannual newsletter called SAFE; an Annual Report, on the SAWW website and via social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £62,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £62,000 Portable anaesthesia machine 20 Anaesthesia machines that are designed to work in any remote location, without electricity
  • Background


    In Mongolia, 49% of the 2.7 million people reside in rural areas and live a nomadic lifestyle. Mongolia covers a large area equal to the combined areas of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy; it is the most sparsely populated country in the world. Deserts and mountains coupled with the extremes of weather are significant obstacles to road building and impede transport of patients in need. The vast rural areas of Mongolia are isolated and present a serious challenge to accessing medical care.


    The beneficiaries of this project will people living in isolated rural areas of Mongolia who need surgical treatment. In particular, those in needed of emergency treatments such lifesaving caesarean sections for mothers with complications in labour and their babies. Also surgical treatment of injuries and traumas resulting from accidents; serious burns; hernia repair; tumour removal and more.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide is one of the very few charities in the world that is dedicated to improving access to anaesthesia. The charity has unparalleled experience in this field and contacts all around the world. This project is being conducted in collaboration with experts in country and visiting anaesthetists from Australia with a strong track record of working in Mongolia.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Ganbold Lundeg, Associate Professor At The Department Of Surgery, Division Of EM And Anesthesia At The Health Sciences University Of Mongolia

    Project Manager and Anaesthesia Training Lead

    Dr David Pescod, Clinical Associate Professor, University Of Melbourne And Deputy Director Department Anaesthesia At The Northern Hospital Victoria Australia. He Is Also On The Overseas Aid Committee Of ANZCA

    Anaesthesia Training Support

    Robert Neighbour MSc C.Eng FIET Is A Chartered Engineer, Managing Director Of Diamedica (UK) Ltd

    Technical and Engineering Lead

    Jane Fienmann

    Fundraising Lead


Each appropriate anaesthesia machine cost £3,100 - we need 20 of these machines.

Without this fund raising for anaesthesia machines, thousands of women will continue to die in childbirth or be forced to live with terrible disability because they live too far away from an operating theatre'

Dr David Pescod, Clinical Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, University of Melbourne