for Life(TFL) 2006義工團開始3週的醫療之旅，到蒙古4個省份為游牧婦女巡迴子宮頸癌篩檢。12名義工乘坐他們自己的3輛吉普車、載滿醫療設備及儀器、帳棚、食物、水及衣服，旅行超過2,200公里，造訪了鄂爾渾省的鄂爾德尼特（Erdenet）、布拉干省的布拉干（Bulgan）、庫蘇古勒省的木倫（Murun）、及後杭愛省的車車爾勒格（Resettlement）。
On 17 July 2006 at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, a team of volunteers
of “Test for Life 2006”, both Rotarians and
non-Rotarians, began their 3-week tour to provide mobile
cervical cancer screening service to Nomadic women in 4 rural
provinces. There were twelve volunteers in 3 jeeps of their
own, fully loaded with lots of medical equipment and
instruments, tents, food, water and clothes. They traveled over
2,200 km and visited Erdenet town of Orhon province, Bulgan town
of Bulgan province, Murun town of Hubsugul province and
Tsetserleg town of Arhangai province.
Press conference before tour
IPP Dr. Bayar and his nurse
Medical team and their jeeps that travelled 2,200 km
IPP Dr. Bayar conducting Pap Smear Test
During the tour, they climbed as high as to over 3,500 meter
above sea level; crossed mountains, meadows, valleys, rivers,
streams and volcanic area on very rough and muddy roads. A lot
of times, there was no road at all but endless grass or mud.
They slept in tents, Mongolian gers and primitive motels; very
often there was no water and electricity supply. There were
times that they had no shower for three consecutive days. They
experienced four seasons’ weather, both rainy and sunny, within
a day for every day throughout the mission…
Every year, there are thousands of patients die from advanced
cervical cancers in Mongolia, some of them even had no idea
about the cause of their death. More than 90% of cases were
detected at late stage. It was because there is no screening
and early detection service provided by the government.
Ironically, in developing and developed countries, cervical
cancer is no longer a terminal disease. It can be easily
detected at very early stage and could be treated successfully.
According to survey, 95% of female population in Mongolia is
provides cervical cancer screening to a woman at the cost of
USD10. If a woman has cervical cancer and is detected at early
stage, with proper treatment, her life is saved! At the first
tour, took place in 2005, “Test for Life” screened 1,000
women and detected 77 cases of pre-cancer. All patients were
properly treated and recovered! In 2006, a total of 2,350 women
were screened. Laboratory results are under progress.
This touching and meaningful project was originated and has been
hosted by Khuree RC/D3450 since 2005. In the 2006 project,
international sponsors were: Cheonan Dosol RC/D3620 and District
3620 Korea contributed to Matching Grant #59384; in addition to
contributions from Hong Kong RC/D3450, Taipei Tin Harbour
RC/D3480, and Taipei Genius RC/D3480. On implementation front,
participants were Khuree RC/D3450, Cheonan Dosol RC/D3620 and
Hong Kong RC/D3450.
attracted many major national TVs, radio stations and leading
newspapers in Mongolia to broadcast the mission nationwide, both
before and after tour. There were phone calls from general
public thanking Rotary for giving such a meaningful and critical
service to the community. Some callers even asked how they
could become a Rotarian in order to help the needy. Once again,
Rotary spirit is vividly demonstrated in this project and we are
touching people’s hearts.
Test for Life」健診團的治療並痊癒的游牧病人出人意料地出現了。他們個個充滿感恩，喜極而泣，手裡拿著花束向救了他們一命的「Test
At a Rotary charity ball in Ulaanbaatar, treated and recovered
Nomadic patients from “Test for Life 2005” unexpectedly
appeared. All of them were in tears of happiness and
appreciation, holding bunches of flower in their hands, and they
expressed their utmost gratitude, to “Test for Life” project and
to Rotary for saving their lives.
We hope to see this project continues to serve the needy in
Mongolia in a more comprehensive way. There is nothing more
important and imminent than saving human lives!