Move for Health

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lha­zom

Another chap­ter of Mover for Health walk will be held to­day were par­tic­i­pants will walk from RTC to Clock Tower in Thim­phu. It is the part of a week­long event or­ga­nized by the gov­ern­ment where donors are in­vited to take part.

The walk is ded­i­cated to the 60th birth an­niver­sary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo who cham­pi­oned the healthcare ser­vices by pro­vid­ing free to the peo­ple. In or­der to en­sure con­tin­ued and timely sup­ply of vac­cines and es­sen­tial drugs, the Bhutan Heath Trust Fund (BHTF) was launched in 2000. It was ac­corded the Royal Char­ter.

The fund was aug­mented by then then Health Min­is­ter, Ly­onpo San­gay Nge­drup, in 2002. He ini­ti­ated the cross coun­try walk from Trashigang to Thim­phu cov­er­ing 560KM which took more than two weeks to com­plete. The walk cre­ated aware­ness on fund fa­cil­ity and roped in con­tri­bu­tions from donors amount­ing to al­most US$ 2 mil­lion. The fund rais­ing helped close in the tar­get of the BHTF.

The sup­port for the walk cam­paign de­clined over the years.

Af­ter more than a decade later, the cur­rent Health Min­is­ter, Tandin Wangchuk, re­vived the cam­paign in 2013. Sup­port­ers walked from Wangdu-Thim­phu pro- mot­ing healthy lifestyle and rais­ing funds to the BHTF. The walk was com­pleted in one and a half days.

There­after, the cam­paign be­came an an­nual event. Last year the walk was held from Khasadrapchu to Thim­phu with the theme: Move for health, In­vest in health.

This year’s event is con­sid­ered very sig­nif­i­cant since the gov­ern­ment will be launch­ing the ‘Fi­nanc­ing of Es­sen­tial Drugs and Medicines’ through BHTF. Po­ten­tial donors were in­vited to wit­ness the launch to see how their con­tri­bu­tions have ben­e­fited the so­ci­ety.

The other 19 Dzongkhags are also or­ga­niz­ing sim­i­lar events.

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