Department of Health
Overview: The Department of Health provides primary health care services to all Tibetan refugees India, Nepal and Bhutan through its health care centers. At present, the department supports fifty-five health centers out of which twelve are in Nepal. The department further administers and supports seven larger primary health centers, four smaller ones and 32 dispensaries in India including one special need school in Dehradun. It employs a medical staff of 174 and 68 administrative staff.
Vision: The department’s vision is affordable and quality health care for all Tibetans.
Objectives: The main objective of the department is to improve basic health of Tibetans in exile. The department seeks to do this though providing adequate, equitable, and holistic primary health care services to all Tibetan refugees through its Primary Health Care (PHC) centers and expanding public health education programs around disease prevention and healthier lifestyles.
Key Programs: The department’s disease control program focuses on controlling TB, Leprosy, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. The department operates the Ngoenga School for Tibetan children with special needs and the school currently cares for fifty students with varying degrees of neurodevelopmental and physical disabilities. The Health Information System (HIS) program collects health data from sixteen data centers in India and Nepal. The system includes a tailored data entry design with option to enter unique patient ID number for each clinic and a comprehensive list of health conditions and disease classification. The department’s two recent and important initiatives include the Telemedicine Project which seeks to overcome lack of doctors particularly specialists in the Tibetan community; and the Tibetan Medicare System which aims to provide tertiary health care coverage for all Tibetans in exile.
Other activities include:
- Mother and child health program, which provides mothers and children with immunization, pre and post-natal care, nutrition and reproductive care services
- Health education and special projects which revolves around provision of safe drinking water, construction of toilets and clinics, provision of ambulance services, etc.
- Emergency medical program which provides advanced medical care by referring patients to hospitals in various parts of India
- Integration of Tibetan medicine where patients receive integrated care that combines the best of Tibetan and western medicine
- Tibetan torture survivors program where the department provides care to Tibetan torture victims and those who have endured severe forms of trauma
Leadership: Kalon: Mr. Tsering Wangchuk. Secretary: Mr. Sonam Choephel Shosur
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