FIRE's partnership with Rotary has been so long and extensive that we could not fit all the great work we have done together into one newsletter.
From 2009 to 2012, FIRE worked with the Selbe Rotary Club and Albuquerque del Norte Rotary Club
to distribute 152,077 sharps containers (biohazard boxes for sharp medical waste) to 266 rural hospitals and clinics in Mongolia. We reached 10 provinces and trained 1,730 health care workers. These containers were distributed in conjunction with training sessions on use of the containers and proper medical waste management practices. We distributed educational posters and handouts as well as a one-hour training DVD which FIRE wrote, directed and produced.
We are very excited to merge an enhanced "Safety Box Project" with "Hepatitis Free Mongolia" next year. In 2019, in addition to screening thousands of uninsured Mongolians for hepatitis, liver cancer and cirrhosis, we will also provide extensive training for health care workers about liver issues, medical waste management, and health safety practices. We will provide all the necessary supplies to help make health care facilities safe for everyone and prevent the spread of hepatitis in Mongolia.
The "Safety Box Project" also connected FIRE to Charlie Ofelt and the Patlovich Family. Their tireless volunteer and fundraising support combined with their overall expertise helped FIRE shift our focus from clothing distribution to liver health. The last 10 years of FIRE's work was made possible largely by our invaluable relationship with these wonderful people-whose connection with FIRE at the perfect time changed our history.