October 7th, 2020
JICA 6th Grassroots Technical Support Project - Activities Report
Originally our plan was to finish this project in June but travel to Mongolia was impossible due to the effects of the Corona virus and so we had to extend the time period and make plans with the hope of traveling in October for the final sessions and the closing ceremony. Unfortunately, the Corona pandemic showed no signs of decreasing and in addition, the Mongolian Government issued a notice that foreign entry would be prohibited until April 2021.
Therefore we switched to ZOOM for the final session and closing ceremony. This gave us the opportunity to move towards the closing ceremony, looking back on the last 2 years of lectures and receiving opinions from the participants about their future prospects and views as midwives in Mongolia. At the closing ceremony, as a video montage of the last 2 years was played, we were brought to tears remembering the hard times and the good times that we had experienced together.
Currently in Mongolia, although all mother's classes where large numbers congregate have been cancelled, the health guidance materials we have created so far (5 x 20 min) and the lecture material (90 min) from the first and second semester mother's classes have been divided and used for individual guidance.
We'd like to express our utmost gratitude to Ms. Umezaki (Director, Nursing Division) and Ms. Sumida (Deputy Director, Nursing Division) and all the other members who, although busy with their own work, were able to find the time to create materials and devise ideas in order to continually improve and make the training more effective.
From now on, First Maternity Hospital intends to create and implement an annual schedule for health guidance. We sincerely hope that the midwives will continuously implement what they have learned and that our efforts have contributed, even just a little, to the improvement of maternal and child health in Mongolia.
Feedback on the content of the childbirth preparation class
Message to the participants from the CEO & President
A summary of the 2 year training
Closing ceremony group photo
December 4th, 2019
JICA 5th Grassroots Technical Support Project - Activities Report
Through the cooperation and combined strength of Dr. Ochir, the local manager, Ms. Umezaki (Director, Nursing Division) and Ms. Sumida (Deputy Director, Nursing Division), cumulative daily training was implemented in order to achieve our goal of "Strengthening the ability (knowledge and skills) of local midwives so that they can independently carry out health management for pregnant women".
The Mongolian population, which was about 3 million in 2016, had increased to 3.2 million in 2018, and the First Maternity Hospital handles more than 17,000 deliveries annually with just doctors and a small number of midwives.
At the start of training, the participants voiced the following opinions. "With so many deliveries, we don't have the time to connect with the mothers", "ANC examinations are carried out at the family health center set up in the community and mothers only come to higher-level medical institutions, such as the First Maternity Hospital for the actual delivery, so there is no time for health guidance".
The challenge was how to incorporate the health guidance plan into the hospital system. However, because of our training, the Director of the Nursing Department of the First Maternity Hospital said that they had started incorporating education programs for local pregnant women into the hospital curriculum at a pace of twice a month It seems that this result was achieved because the participants were able to persuade the hospital management of the importance of health guidance for pregnant women.
In a very limited time, not only were the local midwives able to consider how they would like to improve the current situation for pregnant women in Mongolia, but they were also able to plan and implement health guidance independently. This was very pleasing news for us, as organizers of the training.
Our training program will finally come to an end in April 2021. We hope that, by that time, we can establish a system that promotes the continuous implementation of the content introduced in this program.
CTG interpretation lecture by Dr. Ochir (center)
A scene from the training
October 2nd, 2019
JICA 4th Grassroots Technical Support Project - Activities Report
The 4th workshop was held, for 4 days, from September 21st to September 24th. One year after the start of the project, we divided the class into 5 groups and spent about 8 months creating a health guidance plan and continuing demo lessons among the participants. In addition, each group's representative was responsible for holding a demo lesson for the target pregnant women during the health guidance class.
Although there were moments when both participants and instructors were in tears due to the strict evaluation of their teaching and communication methods, during the break the members from other groups could be seen discussing and giving advice on how to improve their communication style. The team of about 20 students became more aware that improving their own knowledge and teaching skills would lead to improved maternal and child health in Mongolia and their enthusiasm left a lasting impression.
The next day, we could finally hold a maternity class for 10 pregnant women on the themes of obesity and oral care during pregnancy. The speaker was able to successfully clear the problems faced in the previous day's demo lesson and make a confident presentation to the pregnant women.
The pregnant women asked many questions about BMI measurement and diet, showing a high level of interest, with many participants saying that it would have been good if such a class had been implemented earlier.
There are 6 workshops in total and we are finally reaching the climax. From now on, we would like to proactively continue our activities, from considering the lecture content of childbirth preparation classes through to guidance methods and actual practice, working towards our ultimate goal of nurturing independent midwives.
A scene at reception
Health guidance for pregnant women
June 1st, 2019
JICA 3rd Grassroots Technical Support Project - Activities Report
For 4 days from May 13th, we welcomed 19 participants at First Maternity Hospital, for the 3rd training session. Not only did Ms. Umezaki (Director, Nursing Division) and Ms. Sumida (Deputy Director, Nursing Division) provide lectures on delivery procedures, they also observed the actual work of the midwives in the delivery room and gave advice in an OJT format.
As part of the education plan at First Maternity Hospital, CTG interpretation classes were implemented and in order to firmly establish the technology Dr. Ochir conducted a case study seminar. In addition, the particpant's training and skills regarding the exercise guidance given in the last workshop were evaluated through written and practical skill tests.
This time, 20 pregnant women, at over 36 weeks gestation were able to participate, making this the first time we were able to interact with local pregnant women. A maternity exercise class conducted by Ms. Ishihara and a childbirth preparation class based on the health guidance plans created by the students themselves were held. The classes were a great success with the pregnant women showing great interest in each topic and asking questions in a lively manner.
Although the participants who made the presentations seemed nervous, they did their best to convey the information that they wanted the other participants to remember and their sense of responsibility as a midwife shone brightly for all to see. Actually, only 3 of the 5 guidance plans were presented so the remaining 2 plans will be presented in the next childbirth preparation class. We are also considering having the participants who passed the exercise guidance practical test hold their own maternity exercise class.
Almost a year has passed since we started this project and although we cannot say that we are always on the same page when it comes to communication, the change in the midwives awareness and motivation can clearly be felt.
A scene at reception
Health guidance for pregnant women
December 18th, 2018
Activities Report of JICA Partnership Program 2nd Session
Our second training session was held at First Maternity Hospital over four days from December 10-13.
This session was made up of lectures on disorders during pregnancy (hypoglycemic disorders, anemia during pregnancy, and hypertensive disorders), maternity exercises, and continuing from the first session, the creation of health guidance plans.
Creation of the guidance plans continued between the first and second sessions through video teleconferences held with the participants (split into five groups, each making a plan). Each group gave presentations on their guidance plans on the first day of this session. However, perhaps because of some translation issues, the intended goals were not communicated, and groups tended towards making pamphlets rather than guidance plans. As a result, an emergency session on "What a Guidance Plan Is" was held, and through the lectures and guidance of the instructors, the groups were put back on track.
Between January and April of 2019, the groups will refine their guidance plans, and those that pass approval will then provide demonstrations, in preparation for actual use.
Dr. Bayasgalan, director of First Maternity Hospital said, "There are no facilities in Mongolia providing health guidance (in particular nutritional guidance) and guidance in maternity exercises. I look forward to working together with Kishokai on this project for the pioneering development of midwives in Mongolia. "
We will work closely with our local counter part, Dr. Lkhavga-Ochir, to improve on each session for an even more effective training project.
The next training session is scheduled for four days starting on May 13th. Continuing from the second session, the subject will be "Midwifery in the Conduct of Labor."
October 1st, 2018
Activities Report of JICA Partnership Program 1st Session
On September 17th, the project opening ceremony was held at First Maternity Hospital, attended by the 21 participant health professionals, as well as guests from the Ministry of Health, Ulaanbaatar Health Bureau, National Mongolia University of Medical Science, and the directors of First Maternity Hospital and Chingeltei District Hospital.
In Mongolia the scope of work for midwives is limited, and not as broad as in Japan, but in order to overcome a variety of issues in perinatal care, as a matter of health policy there is a need to expand the scope of midwives' duties, and introduce a new system for their contribution to maternal and child health. As Kishokai's training program dovetails nicely with this policy, representatives of the Ministry of Health expressed a desire to expand it to all midwives. This program will take place over 6 sessions from now until June, 2020. First, we will proceed in our activities in cooperation with the local midwives, taking into consideration what the local mothers need, what we must do for them to contribute to maternal and child health.
In the first session, made up of lectures and workshops based on the keywords "From theory to practice", Kishokai Nursing Division Director Fumiko Umezaki and Deputy Director Mariko Sumida lectured on 10 subjects over 2.5 days, including topics such as the changes in maternal and child health in Japan, the role of midwives, and the importance of health guidance. On Day 3, the participants split into 5 groups to discuss the actual necessary items of health guidance for mothers in Mongolia, as well as practice the creation of guidance plans for those items. This time, the participants divided childbirth and child care into the phases of Pregnancy, Delivery, Post-Partum, and Child Care, discussed what should be communicated to Mongolian mothers at each of those stages, and developed an activity plan for each group's subject. Each participant is expected to develop a guidance plan by the 2nd Session (December).
Director G. Bayasgalan (center) and participants
View of the training session
May 15th, 2018
JICA Partnership Program - Beginning of Preparations for Activities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Kishokai's proposal for "Project for Strengthening Midwifery Skills and Guidance of Health Management During Pregnancy in Mongolia" has been accepted as a JICA Grassroots Technical Cooperation Support Project for June 2018. For two years, from 2018 to 2020, Kishokai will engage in a cooperative project with First Maternity Hospital of Mongolia to improve midwifery skills.
Midwives and other staff from Kishokai will travel to Mongolia to provide instruction, including technical and nutritional guidance, to local midwives working at a district hospital, and a family health center.
December 20th, 2017
JICA Partnership Program in Mongolia - Activities Report
Over five days from December 11-15, 2017, staff from Kishokai began prepatory activities for this project by visiting its local counterpart First Maternity Hospital of Mongolia, and the affiliated Chingeltei District Hospital, and Tanii Itgel Family Health Center, as well as explaining the project and confirming its process with related organizations, such as the Ministry of Health. The goal of this project is that "target midwives/nurses will acquire the knowledge, and guidance methods for a program for health management during pregnancy (balanced nutrition, exercise and weight management, reducing alcohol/tobacco intake, pregnancy-related conditions), and become able to appropriately and continually implement that program to expecting mothers." Kishokai staff will engage in activities so that the target midwives/nurses can deepen their knowledge, obtain the methods to make best use of it, and actually provide guidance within a health management program for mothers.
November 1st, 2017
Kishokai Proposal for JICA Partnership Program Accepted
Kishokai's proposal for "Project for Strengthening Midwifery Skills and Guidance of Health Management During Pregnancy in Mongolia" has been accepted as a JICA Grassroots Support Project. A midwife team from Kishokai will instruct local midwives/nurses in Mongolia, with the goal "Improve the midwifery knowledge and skills, and instructional capability for health management during pregnancy." Also, Kishokai will aim to improve health management through educational activities and guidance towards expecting mothers, and the regular implementation of outpatient midwife counseling sessions and mother classes, so that the mothers themselves can understand the importance of health management during pregnancy, and manage their own health.
Currently, Kishokai is looking to complete the necessary signing of contracts by the end of March next year, in order to begin activities over a year and a half starting in April.
Kishokai's Director of Nursing (2nd from left)
and local obstetrics hospital staff
June 10th, 2017
Memorandum of Understanding Concluded with Korean Infertility Treatment Specialist Hospital
Creation & Love Women's Hospital (CLWH), led by Dr. Bum-Chae Choi, is a infertility specialist hospital in Gwangju, South Korea that is strategically expanding overseas, starting with Mongolia. CLWH opened its first overseas infertility treatment center in March of this year, and is currently proactively working to open its next treatment center in Nepal. Kishokai has been exchanging information with Dr. Choi regarding medical information and the situation overseas, and since the demand for infertility treatment is rising in the developing countries of southeast Asia such as Vietnam that are Kishokai's target countries, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on June 1st between the two companies to joinly explore whether a synergistic expansion project might be possible. After the signing ceremony, Dr. Choi and infertility treatment specialists from Kishokai had a lively discussion about the current issues and outlook in infertility treatment in Korea and Japan.
MOU signing with Dr. Choi (CLWH)
March 20th, 2017
CEO Yamashita Meets with the Minister of Health
On Thursday, March 16th, Kishokai CEO Dr. Mamoru Yamashita visited the Mongolian Ministry of Health for a discussion and exchange of opinions with Minister Tsogtsetseg regarding developing maternal and child care services in Mongolia.
"The maternal mortality rate, an indicator of improvement, has slightly trended up this year," said Minister Tsogtestseg. "Maternal and child health is an especially important issue that requires much attention, and now more than ever Mongolia needs the medical expertise of an experienced perinatal care service provider like Kishokai. I would certainly like to work with Kishokai, who is exploring expansion into Mongolia, for the improvement of perinatal care services in Mongolia." She experssed that as a first step, there was a need for cooperation that included instruction to Mongolian doctors and midwives.
Dr. Yamashita expressed that going forward, and with in anticipation of business expansion into Mongolia, Kishokai would work with the hospitals under the Ministry of Health, and having accurately ascertained the issues and needs facing them, would actively engage in activities to contribute to the improvement and development of local perinatal care services.
Minister of Health and Dr. Yamashita
October 13th, 2016
Meeting with Prime Minister Erdenebat (at Tokyo)
As his first foreign visit since becoming prime minister in July of 2016, Prime Minister Erdenebat visited Japan for three days from October 12th to the 14th. Our CEO, Dr. Mamoru Yamashita, continuing from the previous meeting during his visit to Mongolia in September, again met with the Prime Minister to offer his greetings and report on our activities.
The purpose of the Prime Minister's visit was to strengthen future trade and economic ties between Mongolia and Japan following the enactment of an Economic Partnership Agreement between the two countries in June, and he was accompanied to Japan by an economic mission of business leaders in Mongolia. Kishokai met with some of these leaders who could be prospective partners in our business development in Mongolia, and exchanged opinions regarding possible future cooperation.
September 23rd, 2016
Meeting with Head of National Development Agency
On September 23rd, our CEO Mamoru Yamashita met with Mr. Bayarsaikhan, head of the National Development Agency, and exchanged opinions regarding Kishokai's plans for developing perinatal care in Mongolia.
Mr. Bayarsaikhan suggested that the absolute number of delivery facilities in Ulaanbaatar is insufficient, that they are considering a new legal framework, in order to create an easier environment for entry into the medical field. He also graciously offered wide support when Kishokai enters the Mongolian market.
National Development Agency
August 29th, 2016
Meeting with Prime Minister Erdenebat (at Ulaanbaatar)
On a trip to Mongolia from August 10th to the 14th, 2016, Kishokai had the opportunity to meet with new Prime Minister Erdenebat, who had just become prime minister in July of that year. Our CEO, Dr. Mamoru Yamashita, communicated to the Prime Minister of Kishokai's desire to contribute to the development of Mongolia's perinatal care, and that we had begun formal exploration into business development to bring Japanese-style perinatal care to Mongolia. The Prime Minister, in turn, noted that maternal and child health was a high priority issue in Mongolian health care, and that the government would as much as possible support Kishokai's efforts, so that a meaningful project for the benefit of the Mongolian people could be realized.
Prime Minister Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat
April 10th, 2016
Cooperative Agreements for Health Human Resources Education
Kishokai, in anticipation of future perinatal care development in Mongolia, has concluded Memoranda of Understanding with multiple governmental agencies for the purpose of training human resources in perinatal care.
We signed a cooperative agreement with Mongolia National University of Medical Science, the only national medical school in Mongolia, for cultivation and training of perinatal care human resources, centered on local health care workers receiving training in Japan, and Japanese doctors and midwives being sent to Mongolia to offer technical guidance. We also signed a cooperative agreement with the Ulaanbaatar Municipal Health Bureau for training of human resources for health, in anticipation of future projects. We also signed a cooperative agreement with the Center for Occupational Safety and Health, under the Ministry of Labour, for training of human resources for health and employment promotion.
In the future, we intend to utilize these cooperative agreements to implement projects and program with these government agencies, in order to cultivate and exchange the perinatal health human resources in anticipation of our development projects in Mongolia.
MOU signing with Dean Batbataar of
Mongolia National University of Medical Science
MOU signing with the Mongolian Ministry of Labour