Department of Health

Health is a basic and elementary need for the general welfare and development of any community, thus recognising the importance of good health for the Tibetan Refugee Community, the Central Tibetan Administration established the Department of Health in December 1981 to provide curative and preventative healthcare services by managing and financing health care centres, 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 the Tibetan Voluntary Health Association (TVHA) under the Indian Society Registration Act XXI 1860. And it is working as a registered charitable organization catering basic healthcare needs of Tibetan refugees. The main aim of the Department is to make Tibetan refugee settlements viable by improving the basic health status of Tibetans in exile. It includes providing adequate, equitable, and holistic primary health care services to all Tibetan refugees through its Primary Health Care centres and creating and expanding public health care programs in the community for disease prevention, promoting healthier lifestyles, and creating a cleaner environment. And with its primary goal of “Health for All” the Department extends its healthcare services to both Tibetans and local Indian residents. Currently, there are seven hospitals, 5 Primary Health Centers and 36 clinics located in all the refugee settlements in India and Nepal with 163 medical staff and 84 administrative staff working under it.

“Health is a large word.  It embraces not only the body, but mind and spirit as well; and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of an individual.”

“Public health subsists on the knowledge that health is a fundamental resource to the individual, to the community and to society as a whole and must be supported by soundly investing in living conditions that create, maintain and protect health.”-WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION.


Health for All


  •  To provide adequate, equitable and holistic primary health care services to all Tibetan refugees through the Primary Health Care system integrated with the major traditional systems of medicine.
  •  To create and expand public health programs in the community for disease prevention, promote healthier lifestyles and a cleaner environment.