About Nomadicare Project
The roots of Nomadicare came in 1994, from the first moment director Sas Carey stepped on the Mongolian earth and felt the strong pull of the land. With other American holistic nurses, she met Dr. B. Boldsaikhan, the President of the Union of Traditional Mongolian Medicine, who was copying Tibetan Medicine folios onto his computer. A nurse and healer, she found what she was seeking—a harmony of Eastern and Western medicine, old and new.
The next year, she spent three months being trained in Traditional Mongolian Medicine by Dr. Boldsaikhan and in 1997 she became a health education consultant with the United Nations Development Programme. From her UNDP work in water, sanitation and hygiene in the Gobi Desert area, she set up a program to document the harsh life of the nomadic women.
In Mongolia, nomads who herd their livestock in the countryside have fewer options, especially in health care, than city dwellers, and many are moving to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Nomadicare was formed to support improved health care so that nomadic herders can continue their sustainable lifestyle.
Dukha Health Database
In 2003, after nine years working in other areas of Mongolia, director Sas Carey traveled to the northern taiga (boggy forest) area to assess the health of Dukha reindeer herders. Since that time, Nomadicare has been creating a Dukha health database, which is updated annually. The database allows Nomadicare to follow the health care needs of the herders and respond accordingly. The organization provides vitamins, health care, and hygiene teaching to the Dukha herders. This includes traditional Mongolian medicine, as well as western medicine and supplies, for both hospitals and individuals.
While interviewing a Gobi woman doctor for a documentary, the local doctor requested a laboratory. This inspired Nomadicare’s director to seek donations and materials from U.S. medical centers, professionals, and personal associates. Eventually, she delivered five laboratories to remote hospitals in the Gobi Desert. With these came not only training in the use of diagnostic equipment and tests, but the beginnings of close personal bonds. Those relationships led to the movie “Gobi Women’s Song”, which was completed after four more trips and five years.
From a screening of the movie in Connecticut, Sas was invited to share her work Jane Goodall, the founder and UN Messenger of Peace. From this connection, Jane Goodall has endorsed the important mission of Nomadicare. Jane Goodall Letter.
Sum Hospital Project
Nomadicare’s Rural (Sum) Clinic/Hospital Project, which harmonizes ancient and modern medicine by training rural doctors and nurses in both, has now been joined by her original teacher, Dr. Boldsaikhan. In 2012, he was a teacher of Traditional Mongolian Medicine in the program.
Now 50 doctors from 38 hospital/clinics have been trained by the innovative and effective Nomadicare model of harmonizing traditional and modern medicine. The next step is for Nomadicare’s offer to collaborate with other organizations in Mongolia to meet the goal of adequate health care for the country’s nomadic herders.