A few weeks back, at the World Health Assembly, World Bank President Dr Jim Kim said the world is at a crossroads when it comes to health. A defining moment in history, from which our future trajectory will be decided.
Not many nations better embody this concept, than Mongolia.
In the midst of a mining boom, with economic growth eclipsing most nations, Mongolia is in the middle of rapid economic, social, cultural and health transitions. Once a small town, its capital Ulaanbaatar is one of the fastest growing urban centres in the world and now accounts for more than 60% of the nation’s 2.8 million population.
A bustling city overflowing with cars, their drivers not so long ago would have been on horseback.
The cost of living is rising rapidly, but so is the standard of living.
Speaking to two young Mongolian doctors, they explain the optimism held by the young generations. “As money floods in, so do opportunities for Mongolians. We are able to travel abroad to study, greater work opportunities and if the money is spent well - a promising future for our nation.”
They have such inspiration and vision for their country and its people. Part of a new generation determined to capitalise on the abundant natural resources of their nation, they’re committed to seeing change that affords all Mongolians greater opportunity and prosperity.
But they also acknowledge Mongolia faces big challenges - one such example is from the quickly rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, diabetes, mental illness and cancers.
A filmographic call for attention, action and investment toward this misunderstood global health issue.
But also, crucially, we will show that a young generation exists that is serious about changing the situation. Bringing health and health equity for their populations. Paving the way for a healthier future.
Inspired and inspiring young change-makers, they represent a global challenge, but also an untapped resource of vision and commitment.
Mongolia may be at a crossroads, but these young leaders promise to steward this nation to a healthy future.
It’s an exciting time.
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