Bhutanese highlanders, still practicing their traditional way of life, are often considered the custodians of the northern borders and are important to Bhutan. However, due to extreme geographical terrains and climatic barriers, most facilities in health, education, telecommunications, and other social services are limited in these regions.
With the objectives of reaching the untouched population of Bhutan, providing basic medical services, and advocating for preventive health measures, the Bhutan Foundation led Nomad Health Camps in three districts, in partnership with the parks and the district hospitals.
As part of the Bhutan Foundation's project to address public health needs in Bhutan, we have supported six nomad health camps since 2015. We have reached out to over 15 villages and over 1,000 highlanders in Jomolhari (Western Bhutan), Bumthang (North Central Bhutan), Merak, and Sakteng (Eastern Bhutan).
The medical services include general screening focused on detection of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and chronic infections such as tuberculosis, leprosy, and other infections. Other services include dental, eye, physiotherapy, traditional medicine, and dispensing medicines.