Move for health
As we take part in the Move for health walk today two things are very important related to this walk, firstly the walk is dedicated to the 60Th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck . His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo bestowed the Royal Charter to establish Bhutan Health Trust Fund to ensure free healthcare in a sustainable manner.
Secondly the Bhutan Health Trust Fund is launching of financing of essential drugs and vaccines along with the annual move for heath walk to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce noncommunicable diseases.
Taking into account the well-being of the people in general and women and children in particular and above all, the sustainability of primary health care led to the initiation of the Bhutan Health Trust Fund sometime during 1997. It was formally launched on 12 May 1998 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.
The main objective of the health trust fund is to help sustain primary health care through continued and uninterrupted supply of essential drugs and vaccines, needles, syringes, cold chain equipment and other related drugs and equipment, to help eliminate financing uncertainties for priority core components of the primary health care services out of the income generated from the investment of the fund and to help achieve self-reliance in the primary health care sector. The fund envisages an investment to generate sufficient returns to meet all annual expenditure on essential drugs and vaccines and help eliminate financing uncertainties for purchase of these crucial components and other related drugs and equipment.
The capitalization of the fund is done through contributions from donor countries, organizations of private and public status, financial institutions and individuals. It is based on the principle of one-to-one partnership. Any donor contribution to the fund is matched by the government of on a one-to-one basis. This principle amply demonstrates the firm commitment of the government for the development and success of the fund to sustain primary health care. The initial target of the fund is to mobilize US$ 24.00 million, currently the fund stands at approximately USD 21.9 million.
From 2016 onwards, after the withdrawal of GAVI support, the Health Trust Fund will spend about USD 122,000 annually on the procurement of pentavalent vaccine alone. After its ten years of operation, it is a great result for Health Trust Fund to support such fundamental primary care services.
With most of donor countries withdrawing the support and providing free care becoming a daunting task for the government , as a responsible citizen be the part of the walk and contribute whatever you can as it will have a long effect in sustaining free health care system in the country.