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U.S. nurse organizing Buddhist medical training for Mongolian doctors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
A United States nurse is organizing training session in traditional Buddhist medical practices for Mongolian doctors. 

Sas Carey, a nurse from Middlebury, Vermont, made her first visit to Monglia in the mid-1990’s. While in Ulaanbaatur, she persuaded Dr. Boldsaikhan, who she met at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, to take her on as a disciple. 

“Western medicine targets the symptom and assumes the system will heal,” she told the Addison County Independent. “(Mongolians) balance the system, then they believe that the piece will heal. If we can come at it from both sides — how beautiful — then you really heal.”  

In later trips to Mongolia she began documenting health conditions among herders and their families in remote regions. 

In 2002, she brought to Mongolia equipment for a medical laboratory collected from U.S. hospitals. However, she quickly learned that the methods of Western medicine often were not practical in Mongolia.  

For instance, maintaining the laboratory equipment was difficult as many of the materials were designed to be used once and then discarded. Additionally, the limited electricity in some areas made the laboratory impractical. 

Now she has begun a new project. Carey is currently raising $25,000 to bring together 22 regional doctors in the South Gobi province. They will participate in a six-week training program in traditional medicine. 

Explaining her guiding philosophy, Carey noted, “What they really need is something easy, sustainable, cost effective and culturally appropriate.” 

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U.S. students raise money for Mongolian school supplies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Monday, 04 June 2007
 A high school in the middle of the United States recently held a fundraising event to purchase basic school supplies for Mongolian schools. 

Nick Loumos, a student at Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin, organized the event. Loumos decided to raise funds after hearing from his mother and stepfather, who had visited rural Mongolian schools, about the lack of basic school supplies for the students. 

According to Loumos’ father, the American student thought of raising funds after seeing many discarded school supplies in his own school which could have gone to better use in Mongolia. 

The event at the school was open to students, for a $3 admission fee. Students conducted  music, dance performances and a poetry competition during the event.

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Russian scientists believe Mongolia due for major earthquake PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Thursday, 31 May 2007
Russian scientists believe Mongolia will be struck by a major earthquake between 2009 and 2015. 

In a statement released by the Scientists from the Institute of Earth Crust Studies, the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, increased seismic activities, along with the time which has lapsed since the last major quake, makes Mongolia a likely target of an earthquake. 

The Russian scientists claim Mongolia typically absorbs about three thousand tremors annually. However, the scientists have stated that number is currently between seven to eight thousand tremors. 

Additionally, the Russians say major earthquakes usually occur every 50 to 60 years. The region’s last major earthquakes were during the years 1957 to 1959. Striking the Gobi-Altai mountain system with a force over ten on seismic scales, a 250 km fault line was opened during those earthquakes.

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Report says Mongolian life expectancy is 65.5 years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
 On average, Mongolians live 65.5 years, according to figures released by the World Health Organization. 

This places Mongolia with countries such as the Philippines, with 67.5 years, and slightly ahead of India where the average lifespan is 63 years. Other Asian countries included South Korea at 78.5 years and North Korea showing an average life span of 66.5 years. 

The report noted Singapore had an average lifespan of 80 years while China is 72.5 years.  

San Marino holds the title for having the longest lifespan for men, at 80 years old. This was followed by Sweden, Switzerland and Japan at 79 years. 

Female life expectancy is longest in Japan at 86 years old. Monaco follows at 85 years and Italy, Spain and France each showed its female population had a life expectancy of 84 years. 

The shortest lifespan recorded is in Swaziland, where average life expectancy is 37.5 years. Sierra Leone followed at 38.5 years and Angola and Zambia both had average life expectancies of 40 years.

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Indiana University offers Mongolian language Summer Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ulaanbaatar correspondent   
Saturday, 19 May 2007

Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages at Indiana University June 15-August 10, 2007

http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel/

Intensive language training has been offered at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950. The Summer Workshop provides up to 200 participants in Slavic, East European and Central Asian languages the opportunity to complete a full year of college language instruction during an eight-week summer session.

SWSEEL Classroom Utilizing the resources of Indiana University's own specialists as well as native speakers from other universities and abroad, the Summer Workshop has developed and maintained a national program of the highest quality. Allowing all participants to pay in-state tuition fees, the program has as its goal the enhancement of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills through classroom instruction and a full range of extra-curricular activities. Fellowships and funding are available.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2007; thereafter, rolling admissions. Deadline for consideration for Fellowships is also March 23, 2007.

Knowledge of Slavic, East European, and Central Asian languages prepares students for exciting career opportunities in areas such as government, higher education, not-for-profit institutions, public health, law, international development, the military, journalism, environmental issues, the arts and business.

For summer 2007, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) will fund the teaching of first year Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, and Advanced Mastery Training in South Slavic Languages. Tuition for these courses will be waived for graduate students specializing in East European studies in any discipline.

Application available on the website

Reported by Mongol Group 

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