On 9 July 2020 on the second day of duty, the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) of Mongolia Mr Ya.Sodbaatar and Minister of Health Dr T.Munkhsaikhan held a briefing meeting with UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Mongolia Mr.Tapan Mishra and WHO Representative Dr. Sergey Diorditsa to discuss the progress of the country’s preparedness measures to COVID-19 pandemic and to exchange views on strategies and planning for future action.
It was agreed the planning of response measures will have to review current measures in the face of the “new normal” based on socioeconomic impact assessment. The DPM requested the UNRC office to brief the findings of the socioeconomic assessment led by UNDP shortly after the national festival Naadam.
Over the past 6 months since the beginning of the pandemic, the UN agencies including the UNRC and WHO have been working side-by-side with the Government of Mongolia, Ministry of Health and multi-sectoral organizations to plan and strengthen preparedness and response measures and to provide support. Under the leadership of the UNRC, the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Joint Programme was recently launched to provide further support to strengthening the national capacity to suppress transmission and maintain essential services in the COVID-19 pandemic in Mongolia.
The meeting was followed by a handover ceremony of personal protective equipment for COVID-19 frontline workers of the State Emergency Commission and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) attended by the UNRC, WHO representative and the First Deputy Chief of NEMA Brigadier-General G.Ariunbuyan.