Each post maintains a health unit with at least one full-time medical officer who handles Volunteers’ primary health-care needs, including evaluation and treatment of most medical conditions. Upon your arrival in-country, you will receive a country-specific health handbook. During pre-service training, the health unit will provide you with a medical kit with basic medical supplies to treat mild illnesses and first aid needs. During this time, you must provide your own prescription medications and any other specific medical supplies you need. (Bring a three-month supply of your prescriptions!). Your prescription medications will be ordered for you during Pre-Service training, and it may take several months for shipments to arrive. After training the medical officers will provide the prescription medications you take during service.  Your medical kit can be restocked anytime during service.

During service, the medical officers are available to answer your questions, and you may always feel free to contact them by phone, text message, email, or in person if you feel you have a physical, emotional, or other problem that relates to your health or well-being. You will have physicals at mid-service and at the end of your service, and can be seen by your medical officer on an as-needed basis. Additional medical care is available at local hospitals. If you develop a serious medical problem during your service, the medical officer will consult with the Office of Health Services in Washington, D.C., or a regional medical officer. If you cannot receive the care you need in-country, you will be transported to a Peace Corps-approved regional medical facility or the U.S. Read more about the Peace Corps’ approach to health

Health Issues In-Country

Local conditions that may affect your health include air pollution caused by burning coal, wood, and dung in ger fires and by fossil fuel-burning power plants (especially in larger urban areas like Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, and Erdenet); the relatively high altitude at which most Volunteers live (about 4,500 feet); refuse left on the ground that attracts flies and other pests; the extreme cold and low humidity in the winter, which help to spread respiratory illnesses; and diarrhea resulting from bacteria-contaminated water and fresh fruits and vegetables. Behaviors and habits of Mongolians, such as smoking, alcohol abuse, and having sex with multiple partners, may also put Volunteers at risk.