Mongolians are traditionally nomadic people whose diet is mostly animal products, that is because of their poor soil quality and geography. The combination imbalances in agriculture and the food supply, compounded by sudden shifts in dietary and physical activity patterns brought about by Mongolia's recent economic growth, have contributed to an unhealthy nutritional landscape. In recent reports, Mongolia had the highest national fraction of age-standardized cardiovascular disease-burden attributable to dietary imbalance, and the highest mortality for both genders attributable to low fruit consumption, low vegetable consumption, and low fiber consumption in the world. Rapid urbanization, adoption of indoor occupations, has led to the rise in obesity, type II diabetes, and other lifestyle-related diseases, which are juxtaposed with the "double-burden" of widespread deficiencies of multiple micronutrients, particularly among children and women of reproductive age. The signing the MOU between CloudHealth Genomics and MHI took place during the Central Eurasian Nutrition Forum, which was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (June7-10) and signed by Uyanga Buyanjargal, Executive Director of MHI and Jason Gang Jin, CEO and Founder of CloudHealth Genomics. CloudHealth saw an opportunity to cross borders and integrate precision medicine as part of an ongoing effort of China's One Belt, One Road Initiative, which is to create the world's largest economic platform for economic cooperation, including policy coordination, trade and financing collaboration, and social and cultural cooperation.
"A healthy community is an ecosystem in which we are trying to achieve, given the current nutritional circumstances" added Dr. Davaasambuu. MHI has taken the leadership in assessing the nutritional resources and needs, and working closely with government to provide public health and social infrastructure, as well as amending current policies to support a healthier community, and where essential public health services, including quality health care. Dr. Davaasambuu added, "In a healthy community, communication and collaboration among various sectors of the community and the contributions of ethnically, socially, and economically diverse community members are much needed as demonstrated by the representation of participant during our first Central Eurasian Nutrition Forum and strategic collaboration with CloudHealth Genomics." On the same note, Altankhuyag Dugaraa, a Mongolian celebrity and Mongolia's representative of cultural envoy, sponsored a fundraiser, "ZERO TB UB" during the conference by combining arts and sciences to eradicate TB. Mr. Dugaraa added, "We need more academic and industry international collaborations, and one example is the MOU with CloudHealth Genomics and MHI that will enable Mongolians to live a healthier and productive life."
This MOU will promote future public-private partnerships/collaborations in identifying biomarkers for nutrition-related diseases for the purpose of advancing science and identifying new diagnostic indications and development and implementation of new therapies that would serve the best interest of Mongolia and globally, and that this program could serve as a model for other similar future collaborations. The data and results from this collaboration will be made public through publications and public-sharing databases, to enable open and disruptive innovation.
The Mongolian Health Initiative (MHI) is first and foremost a research organization that is at the forefront of Non-Governmental Organizations in the nation of Mongolia that seeks to address major health issues in the Mongolian region. MHI focuses on pressing health issues such as the prevalence of tuberculosis, the deficiency of Vitamin D, and the deficiency of various other micronutrients in Mongolia. In addition to research, MHI is involved in the development of health service delivery systems, research-capacity infrastructure, public health issues and early screening for latent TB infection in vulnerable groups amongst the population.