Walk for a noble cause
A s we took part in the Move for health walk yesterday two things are very important related to this walk, firstly the walk was with a theme “Health is Wealth” and secondly to commemorate the Move for Health Walk 2002
The first walk took place on 25th September to 10th October from Tashigang to Thimphu lead by the then Health Minister, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup and raised almost USD 2 million.
Since its establishment 15 years ago, BHTF spent more than Nu.420 millions on Essential Drugs and Vaccines. In the financial year 2016-17, total of Nu. 236 millions have been allocated for the same.
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, consider health is wealth and contribute whatever you can for sustaining free health care system in the country.