Vol. 25 No. 1 (2021)
Research Reports

Covid-19 resilience in Mongolian pastoralist communities

Troy Sternberg
University of Oxford
B Batbuyan
Center for Nomadic Pastoralism Studies, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
Bolor-Erdene Battsengel
Chairwoman, Communication and Information Technology Authority Government of Mongolia Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
Enkhbat Sainbayar
Mongolian Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development NGO Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Published 2021-05-12

How to Cite

Sternberg, T., Batbuyan, B., Battsengel, B.-E., & Sainbayar, E. (2021). Covid-19 resilience in Mongolian pastoralist communities. Nomadic Peoples, 25(1). https://doi.org/10.3197/np.2021.250117


Covid-19 presents risks in pastoral communities as herders are isolated, have limited health care access, travel distances and interact with diverse publics. Including mobile people in Covid-19 planning and response presents a unique challenge for governments. Here we examine Covid-19 experience in Mongolian pastoral communities where interviews identified strong support for pandemic control efforts. Restrictive measures were followed and herders reported no local cases. A cohesive national spirit and clear messaging from the Health Ministry contributed to initial success. This enabled herders to continue customary practices and find positive perspectives during the pandemic.


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