Albina du Boisrouvray and her team visited Mongolia in March 2002 at the invitation of the Mongolian Ministry of Health, which wanted to enlist FXB’s experience to develop a project aimed at preventing an HIV/AIDS epidemic. In particular, officials asked FXB to initiate a broad program for the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). At this time, Mongolia was experiencing increased rates of HIV, largely due to its shared borders with Russia and China, where HIV infection rates were higher.
The FXB-Mongolia Project was located in Selenge Aimag province, some 400 kilometers north of the capital Ulaan Baatar. Selenge province shares an international border with Russia, both by train and by road, and has a population of about 100,000 people.
- Prevention, training and counseling in HIV and STIs for vulnerable groups, including commercial sex workers, traders, bar and hotel workers, army personnel, prisoners, students, migrant workers and traveling traders, especially truck drivers;
- Training program on STIs and HIV, as well as awareness and prevention training for community leaders
- HIV-awareness sessions for school children ages 13-16
- Training for health care professionals and medical trainees on HIV/AIDS and the Syndromic Diagnosis of STIs
- Clinical examination for 5,000 people, as well as voluntary HIV testing
- Medication kits for STIs and HIV diagnosis
The pilot program initiated by FXB was successfully completed in 2007, and subsequent operations of these activities were passed on to the Mongolian Ministry of Health.