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This past September, October and November, volunteers with the Flagstaff International Relief Effort (FIRE) screened more than 5,000 people for hepatitis and liver cancer in Dornod province in eastern Mongolia.

According to FIRE, Mongolia has the highest rate of liver cancer and among the highest rates of hepatitis in the world. The province of Dornod has twice the national average of liver cancer, make it 12 times the international average.

"Hepatitis Free Mongolia," is a collaboration between FIRE, the Flagstaff Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Ulaanbaatar, funded by Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.

FIRE's innovative screening project includes: hepatitis B and C testing, vaccination for hepatitis b as needed, blood testing for liver cancer, ultrasound examination, FibroScan examination, physical exam, and counseling by specialists.

In addition to screenings, FIRE held a community awareness fair and engaged in advocacy meetings with business and government leaders to raise awareness of hepatitis, screenings and treatments. FIRE trained local health care workers with shadow training led by visiting specialists and classroom trainings endorsed by the Ministry of Health. FIRE donated 20 computers, one computer for every hospital in the province, to encourage online continuing education.

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