Bhutan Foundation to support public health, cultural preservation and emergency medical services
The formal project agreements were signed between the Bhutan Foundation and Gross National Happiness Commission representing the Royal Government of Bhutan and three implementing partners was held last Monday in Thimphu.
The agreements covered four projects to improve Public Health, Cultural Preservation, and Emergency Medical Services in Bhutan. These projects are components of a larger 5- year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Bhutan Foundation and GNHC in August 2015. The MoU enables the Bhutan Foundation and the GNHC to cooperate and advance RGOB’s efforts to bring about positive change in the lives of the Bhutanese people.
The four projects will support the Division for the Conservation of Heritage Sites (DCHS), Department of Culture, Mo- HCA for the restoration of Drametse Lhakhang in Mongar, Bhutan. The project period is expected to be for about seven months until December 2016 with funding assistance from Bhutan foundation of around NU 24, 00,000. The restoration of Drametse Lhakhang is an ongoing project that has been partially funded by the prince clause Fund and the World monument fund, through the Bhutan foundation, with two fund installments amounting to Nu 3,757,811.48 already released in the past for the development of Shabkor or the peripheral structures surrounding the courtyard, consisting of classrooms, residences and administrative offices. The final installment of Nu. 24, 00,000 will be used for renovation of the Utse along with financial assistance from the government.
The second project will support the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) with regard to Health Research in Bhutan and conduct health check up for nomad communities. A sum of Nu.3, 356,062 was committed to support the two critical projects. Out of the total amount, a sum of 3,110,000 will support three key areas of Health Research, which include publiccation of the Bhutan Health Journal (3rd and 4th edition), building capacity of local researchers and promoting research and scientific publication. By supporting these main areas, Bhutan foundation, in collaboration with KGUMSB, aims to promote academic excellence at the University as well as Bhutan through good publications and foster quality scientific publication in Bhutan. The remaining funds of Nu.246, 062 will support the Nomad Health check up in Soe gewog under Thimphu District. Following the successful health campaign in 2015 during the Jomolhari festival, Bhutan Foundation and Faculty of Nursing & Public Health under the University will continue phase two of this project, which includes, data collection and analysis. The objective of this project is to obtain baseline health status to identify specific health needs of the community and develop holistic interventions.
Finally the foundation will support the Ministry of Health for improving emergency medical services in Bhutan. The Emergency Medical Services program is a joint and continuous effort from Bhutan Foundation and the ministry of Health to strengthen the capacity of health workers to provide emergency medical services, build local training capacity on emergency care and develop trauma management systems. The project agreement falls under umbrella of the Memorandum of understanding that Bhutan Foundation has committed funding Nu.10, 728,000 over the three year period to support activities such as capacity building of the doctors and nurses in the emergency services, training and certification of Bhutanese doctors to be instructors, provide necessary medical equipment, and establish a trauma registry and so on.
The Bhutan foundation serves the people of Bhutan in living and sharing the principle of Gross National Happiness. It cherishes the values of the Bhutanese intention: measuring `’happiness’’ as the highest attribute of all decision-making and contribute to strategies of conservation of the environment, equitable and sustainable development, good governance, and preservation of culture in Bhutan. The Bhutan Foundation serves as the only American not-for-profit organization that is wholly focused on the benefit of the country and people of Bhutan, bridging understanding between our two countries and beyond.