August 18, 2014

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Diabetes is new for Mongolians. Studies show it was not in the public health concern in past years. New data tells a different story. 30% of the people with diabetes develop into damage to their retina, which can lead to early blindness


Blindness and vision loss has a tremendous impact on quality of life. Such vision loss and blindness is avoidable, if the condition is diagnosed early on and the patients receive a timely care.

“Bright Mongols” is an effort led by Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar and Ulaanbaatar Peace Avenue (Mongolia) and Rotary Club of Taipei Songren (Taiwan), together with volunteer ophthalmologists from the two countries to prevent blindness and vision loss from diabetes and to improve medical capacity of local professionals.


Medical visit by Taiwanese doctors in the first week of July resulted inover 100 patients screened and consulted with 12 complicated patients receiving more sophisticated further treatment of laser surgeries and injections.

We take this opportunity to thank Drs Yih-Shiou Hwang and Ling Yeung from  Chang Gung Memorial Hospital of Taiwan, doctors Battuya Jamsrandorj and Munkhzul Namsrai from Gerel Hospital, Munkhzaya Tsengenbayar of State Central Third Hospital, Udval Sanjaa from Orbita Hospital of Mongolia for contributing their time and skills for this Rotary project.


Project team is aiming to organize a vocational training in Taiwan for Mongolian ophthalmologists and teachers specializing in blind care within this Rotary year and to organize an international ophthalmology conference in Mongolia the following year.


You can watch the news segment that ran on Mongolian TV here

Lkhagva Erdene

Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar Peace Avenue