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Nomadicare is a non-governmental organization that provides health care services to nomadic herders in Mongolia under the auspices of Ecologia, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

The stated mission of the organization is that "Nomadicare supports and preserves traditional Mongolian nomadic culture through healthcare, films, and stories". Nomadicare also provides educational talks, screenings, and seminars in the United States and internationally to further awareness of the Mongolian culture.


Nomadicare's founder Sas Carey began traveling to Mongolia in 1994 and studying traditional Mongolian medicine, a health system with roots in Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine. Following work as a United Nations Development Programme consultant in the Gobi Desert, Carey began documenting the lives of nomadic herders and delivering medical supplies to rural hospitals in the Gobi. In 2003, Nomadicare was asked to assess the health needs and traditional health practices of the Dukha reindeer herders of Khövsgöl Province by Totem Peoples, a project of Cultural Survival. Since that time, Nomadicare has focused its work on two indigenous populations of herders, in the Gobi and in the Mongolian Taiga. In addition to documenting traditional health practices, Nomadicare provides education and vitamins and arranges for herders to be seen by volunteer health care providers. It also delivers diagnostic equipment to rural hospitals and coordinates professional training opportunities for Mongolian health care providers.

Nomadicare has also provided assistance with independent projects that support Mongolians or promote education about traditional nomadic life and health care. Nomadicare has researched and documented traditional Mongolian Shamanism.

Dukha Health Database

With the assistance of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Nomadicare maintains a health database of the Dukha reindeer herders. Data on basic medical parameters and health concerns have been assessed on a yearly basis for seven years and shared with the Mongolian Ministry of Health, the provincial Ministry of Health, the Sum center, the local doctor, and the people themselves.

Sum Hospital Project

Nomadicare has included training in integrated medicine for Mongolian health care providers since its inception. However, in 2010, Nomadicare created a formal goal to provide Mongolian health care providers with training in both modern and traditional Mongolian medicine in rural provincial centers, a project that has attracted the attention and support of Jane Goodall. In aimag-based conferences, doctors from rural areas were brought together with practitioners of traditional Mongolian medicine and also provided with up-to-date information on modern diagnostic and treatment options. 250,000 people were impacted by this harmonization of traditional Mongolian medicine and laboratory safety techniques.

Laboratory Project

In 2001 and 2002 Nomadicare donated microscopes, centrifuges, and supplies to the Manlai Sum and Mandakh Sum in East Gobi. The equipment was donated to Nomadicare by New England hospitals. A medical technician also provided laboratory training for the equipment. About 10,000 nomadic herders can now get tested close to home.

Vitamins and Hygiene Kits

In 2002 after Nomadicare discovered children with bleeding gums due to a lack of greens and vegetables in their diet. Nomadicare now provides a supply of vitamin C to the 250 nomadic reindeer herders in the East and West Taiga of Khovsgol. They also provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, candles, matches, and flypaper to 55 nomadic reindeer herder families to promote general health.




Further reading


Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Ceremony Trailer One

18 December 2014

Gobi Women's Song Trailer

2 November 2017

Steppe, Herbs, Mare's Milk and Jelly Jars

7 December 2017

Transition Introduction Trailer 2

21 April 2018


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