Bhutan Health Project

Location:  Thimphu, Bhutan
Dates and Duration: May (approximately 2 weeks)
Positions: 4
Project student lead: Jillian Lin
Faculty Supervisors: Dr. Videsh Kapoor and Dr. Gilbert Lam

In 2019, UBC GHI and Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) agree to pursue a partnership to bring mutual benefits after their first meeting in Thimphu, Bhutan.  This is an exciting new partnership for both university organizations, and for the year of 2020, the new partners have agreed to work together around the theme of mental health.  Mental health challenges continue to be a significant issue for the country, especially with a shortage of mental health professionals.  A 2-3 day Mental Health Symposium in Thimphu is proposed to facilitate discussions around perspectives and practical skills building.

The Bhutan Health Project at UBC GHI is grateful to have the support of the Bhutan Canada Foundation, which connected UBC GHI and KGUMSB in the first place and provided logistic support to our first meeting with KGUMSB.