MANAGING A PANDEMIC: BHUTAN’S EXPERIENCE ON THE FRONTLINES OF COVID-19

Bhutan’s leadership has received international attention for its quick and compassionate response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Successes so far have included timely rollouts of contact tracing, closure policies, medical interventions, and economic aid. Join the Bhutan Foundation to hear from Yale School of Public Health Alumna, Her Excellency Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo, about Bhutan’s healthcare system and its successes in combating the coronavirus in a special talk hosted by Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation, Mr. Michael Philipp and featuring guest speaker Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean of the Yale School of Public Health. Read more…


SNOW LEOPARD FESTIVAL GOES ONLINE DURING COVID

Due to COVID-19, many events both in Bhutan and across the globe have been indefinitely shut down, but this doesn’t have to mean that they are entirely cancelled! The Bhutan Foundation partnered with the Snow Leopard Conservancy to host a virtual event during what would have been the date for the Jomolhari Mountain Festival 2020. Read more…


FEEDING ANIMALS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

It must have been confusing for dogs like Rochi when the normally teeming streets of Thimphu emptied to nothing almost overnight. Following business closures, school cancellations, and social distancing orders across the country, the delicious smells from local restaurants, hotels, and even pocket scraps from passers-by dwindled, and bellies like hers went hungry. Despite the new worries of locals, however, animal welfare groups like the Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (RSPCA) and Jangsa Animal Saving Trust (JAST) were still attentive to the needs of the city’s famous four-legged citizens. These groups worked hard in the year’s early months to secure food, but without regular donations from hotels and restaurants, local shelters, which depend heavily on volunteers and food donations to survive, were being squeezed for resources.   Read more…


BHUTAN FOUNDATION DONATES 200,000 NON-MEDICAL FACE MASK TO BHUTAN

September 17, 2020, Thimphu: The Bhutan Foundation handed over 200,000 non-medical face masks to the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan for distribution to vulnerable communities, including the elderly population and pregnant women, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Read more…


BHUTAN FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES NU. 12 MILLION TO HIS MAJESTY’S KIDU FUND FOR COVID-19

The Bhutan Foundation, upon the command of its co-chair, Her Majesty Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, offered a contribution of Twelve Million Ngultrum to His Majesty’s Kidu Fund for COVID-19 through the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon. This contribution to the COVID-19 fund is a gesture of gratitude and deep respect for the tireless efforts of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo for the welfare of the Bhutanese people in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more…


BHUTAN FOUNDATION SUPPORTS A START-UP VEGETABLE GARDEN FOR TWO VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Through our Small Grants program, two visually impaired persons–Mr. Dorji Nedup and Mr. Tshering Dorji–recently created a start-up vegetable garden as a response to the slow down in their businesses due to COVID-19.

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BHUTAN FOUNDATION DONATES NU 1.13M IN MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Thimphu, Bhutan, March 24, 2020: Today, the Bhutan Foundation officially handed over a 40-foot shipping container carrying donated medical supplies and equipment worth Nu. 1.13 million to the Ministry of Health, Bhutan. “These much-needed supplies have come in times during the COVID-19 crisis and are being fully utilized,” said a Bhutanese health official.

Donated medical supplies and equipment include oxygen and therapeutic respiratory apparatus, personal protective equipment, orthopedic appliances, syringes, surgical equipment, and other disposable medical supplies. The medical supplies will be distributed to various health facilities and hospitals in Bhutan. Read more…