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Martin Vogt's body of work spans vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains a human and nature element.

Medical Service in Mongolia

A project about Post Communistic Medical Service in Mongolia.

In March 2017 I've visited a secondary level district hospital; a very old communistic system hospital. The top floor area was dedicated to traditional medicine; acupuncture, cupping, therapy.

Access to the essentials for healthy living including healthcare, is a struggle for those living outside Mongolia's capital Ulaanbataar.  

Continuing population growth due to migration to the city is creating new environmental challenges for the area, including air and water pollution, flood damage and water supply shortages.

Ulaanbaatar and suburb areas are increasingly suffering from traffic congestion and mining production. Measures are in place to restrict the number of vehicles on the road, but air pollution is worsening year-by-year and has an impact on health.

Mining production has accounted for around 50% of the gross industrial product in Mongolia since 1998. Dust-induced chronic bronchitis and pneumoconiosis currently account for the largest relative share (67.8%) of occupational diseases in Mongolia, and cases are increasing annually.

A growing body of evidence links air pollution to ill health and the development of non-communicable diseases.
 

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