Public Health in Tibetan Communities in Exile Dr. Tsering Tsamchoe Central Council of Tibetan Medicine, Dharamsala, India Homage to Medicine Buddha With Compassion, serves all the sentient beings, ”O Enlightened One” Mere hearing your name, relieves the suffering of all lowly births, Healer of the disease of 3 inborn mental poisons, To the most enlightened supreme healer, “The king of Aquamarine Light” I prostrate before you. Tibet and Tibetan communities at glance Tibet; the roof of the world with an average 4,000 meters above sea level. Land Size - 2.5 million square kilometers Total National Population: 6 Million Head of Spiritual leaders: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; Tenzin Gyatso www.dalailama.com Tibet Autonomous region (TAR) which is under PRC since 1959 www.tibet.cn Tibetans in exile –since year 1959 Central Tibetan Administration : Also called Tibetan government in exile located at Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala, H.P, India www.tibet.net Number of Tibetan refugee living in India – approximately One lac Thirty Thousands Number of Tibetan refugee settlement in India and Nepal – 71 Number of Tibetan schools in India and Nepal - 73 Number of Tibetan Health centers and clinics in India - 105 including Tibetan Medical branch clinics. Central Tibetan Administration and Public Health Health: Health is an important indicator of level of overall (Physical, Mental and Social)wellbeing of a population. Background: In the year 1959, when Tibetan exile saga started, Tibetans not only physically and mentally dislocated, but in sanitary sense, Tibetans undergone a pitiable health conditions in a foreign geographical set up having entirely different health implications. Many Tibetans lost their lives due to the extreme changes of climate, livelihood and sanitary problems. Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) CTA was first set up in Dharamsala, India in the late 1959. It has 7 Departments including Department of Health (DOH) which is registered in the name of Tibetan Voluntary Health Association (TVHA). This department provide curative and preventative health care services by managing and financing health care centers, as well as by planning comprehensive health care system for the Tibetan refugees in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Hospitals and Health Care Centers Tibetan Voluntary Health Association (1981) http://tibet.net/health Tibetan Delek Hospital (1971) www.tibet.net/delekhospital Men-Tsee-Khang (Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institution)-1961 www.men-tsee-khang.org CHOICE Initiatives http://choicehivaids.org Kunphen www.kunphen.org Tibet Charity - 1998 www.tibetcharity.in Health clinics in Monasteries Major Health Issues in Tibetan Community Flu like Communicable Disease Tuberculosis Hepatitis Cancer Drug Abuse Public Health in Action: Malaria Prevention and Control Program TB Reach Project HIV/AIDS awareness Program Mental Health Program Mother and Child Health(MCH)Program Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program Substance Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation Program Reproductive Health Education Observing Health Related Days Hepatitis B Prevention and Control Program Tele Medicine Clinic Tibetan Medicine and Public Health Sowa Rigpa; The ancient old Tibetan Medical system equally plays an effective role in preventing diseases and prolonging healthy live. Special Features: Encouraging Healthy Diet and life style Maintaining health through rejuvenation Managing Stress and Depression Preventing Epidemics and spread of disease. Applying Holistic power for evil and natural disasters Development needed: Human Resource Health Education and Trainings Public Health Library Health care centers in remote settlements Hospitals with an advanced facilities Future Project and Your Support Improving Public Health through TMS Tele Medicine and Media Specialist (Estimate budget for three years: 12 Lac Eighty Thousands Indian Rupee = 18,300 Euro) Health Education and Trainings (Estimate budget for three years: 18 Lac Fifty Thousands Indian Rupee = 26,500 Euro) Special Care for Mother and Child health (Estimate budget for three years: 14 Lac Twenty Thousands Indian Rupee = 20,200 Euro) Monthly Health Magazine (Estimate budget for three years: 12 Lac Two Hundred Indian Rupee = 17,500 Euro) Free Medical Check up and Health Advice Program (Estimate budget for three years = 16 Lac Forty Thousands Indian Rupee = 20,500 Euro) Thank You!