Move for Health: Invest in Health
This year the move or health walk scheduled for the 11th of this month will flag off from Khasadrapchu Middle Secondary school at 8.30 AM and will end at the Thimphu clock tower square. This year the theme for the walk is Move for health; Invest in Health. The main objective for the walk is launch the financing of Essentials Drugs towards the fulfillment of the mandates of the Royal Charter 2000 f the Bhutan Health Trust Fund and advocating and promoting healthy life styles to prevent ad control rising cost of health care delivery and enhance quality life.
The Health Walk Team 2014 led by His Excellency, Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay will follow the Khasadrapchu-Thimphu Highway for approximately 3.15 HRS.
The core of Bhutan’s development philosophy lies the physical and spiritual well-being of its people within a safe and secure environment. Thus, an investment in the social sector has always been accorded with the highest priority. However, the sustainability of past accomplishments and future initiatives has become a daunting challenge for Bhutan. The key concern of the Royal Government of Bhutan is how to enhance the accessibility and quality of Primary Health Care Services against rising costs and competing needs. The idea of a Trust Fund presented itself as a novel and dependable alternative for financing the priority needs of vaccines, essential drugs and needles & syringes. Therefore, the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF) was established in 2000 under the Royal Charter to ensure continued and timely supply of vaccines and essential drugs, which are crucial components of Primary Health Care. A successful operationalization further envisages covering components such as reproductive health and other essential health services.
Growth of BHTF funds had almost come to a standstill by 2002 and in order to revive the activity, the then Minister of Health, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup came up with the ingenious idea of a sponsored walk from Trashigang to Thimphu covering a distance of 560 Kms over a period of 15½ days. The first Walk took place from 25th September to 10th October 2002 and was a huge success both in terms of raising awareness on health and funds for the BHTF. The Walk had raised almost USD 2 million bringing the BHTF a couple of steps closer to achieving its initial target.
The shorter version of the “Move for Health Walk” was an initiative of the Health Minister, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk to revive interest in BHTF and raise funds for it, and was conducted again from 19-20 October 2013 .This shorter version of the Walk involved 1½ days walking from Wangdue to Thimphu with the dual aim of raising funds for BHTF while at the same time promote healthy life style.