Ambulance assistant

Since 2017 we have been working with partners in Mongolia to develop a sustainable Emergency Medical System (EMS) and Social Protection System based on the country’s needs, resources and context. The provision of EMS and civil protection in Mongolia is severely limited by a lack of resources, funding and training. For example, ambulances have inadequate or no equipment and response times do not meet public expectations.

We recognise that EMS systems that exist elsewhere, such as Europe, the United States and Australia, would be operationally and financially unsustainable for Mongolia. The Roadside to Nationwide: EMS and Disaster Program is based on supporting infrastructure, personnel and operationalising policy to equip Mongolia with an EMS system that meets public and government expectations. It needs to be a system built and run by Mongolians for Mongolia.

The existing EMS system is staffed by highly dedicated doctors, nurses and drivers and its on-going challenges are recognised by policy-makers and the medical leaders, including the Society for Emergency Medicine. Importantly, our experience has shown that the way to strengthen social protection is to build a system in tandem with other agencies, such as NEMA, at both the street and national levels. Each is a vital link to the other.

The Ambulance Assistant program provides training for ambulance drivers and first responders to support the ambulance doctors on emergency scenes. This includes the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) fire and rescue professionals.

About the project

a little girl in a pink dress playing doctor to a teddy bear
a little girl in a pink dress playing doctor to a teddy bear
A picture tells a thousand words ...
This image of an Ambulance Doctor providing palliative care to a patient at home by candlelight demonstrates the dedication and care of Mongolian EMS doctors.
The EMS Global education programs are designed to enhance the skills of all prehospital providers to deliver better patient outcomes.
a doctor in mongolia providing care by candlelight
a doctor in mongolia providing care by candlelight