FXB in action
In March 2002, at the invitation of the Mongolian Ministry of Health, Albina du Boisrouvray and her team visited Mongolia to leverage FXB’s experience and develop a project aimed at preventing an HIV/AIDS epidemic. The FXB project was located in Selenge Aimag province, some 400 kilometers north of the capital, Ulaan Baatar. The pilot program was successfully completed in 2007, and subsequent operations were passed on to the Mongolian Ministry of Health.
In 2016, FXB started a Community Development Program FXBVillage in the Dornogobi province, located in the Gobi desert, in order to prevent massive migration towards the capital city. The main objective is to improve the living conditions of families living in this deserted area, creating opportunities in their own region instead of migrating to Ulaan Baatar.
This program is therefore benefitting over 500 people living in precarious conditions, leading them towards economic independence. The Community Development Program is an integrated approach providing support in nutrition, health, education and housing to meet participants’ immediate needs while building their income capacity to become economically self-sufficient.
In order to create lasting and comprehensive impacts, FXB organizes personal life skill development sessions for direct participants as well as for people in surrounding communities. Many topics are discussed, including family planning, environmental protection, hygiene, health, HIV /AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other diseases prevention, problems related to alcohol and violence within families, among others. FXB also promotes women’s empowerment and gender equality as key factors to fight poverty.
Mongolia is a landlocked country, with particularly harsh climatic conditions. During winter, the temperature can go down to minus 40°C in certain regions while during summer, the heat can be unbearable (more than 40°C).
Almost half of the population (3 million people as of 2016) lives in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Rural exodus is a major issue in Mongolia creating ger neighborhoods in the suburbs of the capital Ulaanbaatar. Migrant populations have few job opportunities and live in precarious conditions. Once they arrive in the capital, the conditions are usually not what they had imagined. The city suburbs lack sanitation, access to clean water and employment is difficult.