Health is a basic and elementary need for the general welfare and development of any community, thus recognizing the importance of good health of the Tibetan Refugee Community, the Central Tibetan Administration established Department of Health in December 1981 to 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.The Department is registered in the name of Tibetan Voluntary Health Association (TVHA) under the Indian Society Registration Act XXI 1860. And it is working as a registered charitable organization catering basic health care needs to Tibetan refugees.The main aim of the Department is to make Tibetan refugee settlements viable by improving basic health status of Tibetan in exile. It includes providing adequate, equitable, and holistic primary health care services to all Tibetan refugees through its Primary Health Care centers and to create and expand public health care program in the community for disease prevention, promoting healthier lifestyles, and a cleaner environment. And with its primary goal of “Health for All” Department extends its health care services to both Tibetans and local Indian residents.Currently, there are 7 hospitals, 4 Primary Health Centers and 43 clinics located in all the refugee settlements in India and Nepal with 174 medical staff and 68 administrative staff working under it.
The department was first established in 1981. The first Kalon, Shewo L. Dhargay and first Secretary, Mrs. Kesang Y. Takla had joined their office on November 1988 and 1 December 1983 respectively. They and their teams and their successors had worked really hard to help the department and health status of the Tibetan people reached where they stand today.