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Title

A Medical Mission Trip to the Himalayas: Bhutan Cancer Registry

Poster Number

213

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

3-2016

Abstract

Upon receiving the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Health Services Scholarship, and a grant from the American Bhutanese Associates for Health (ABAH) foundation, the summer of 2014 was spent designing the Bhutan Cancer Registry project. The project is a digital cancer data registry designed to address the country’s need of surveillance on its growing prevalence of stomach cancer, and tailored to the unique requirements of the Bhutanese healthcare system. Two weeks were spent in the Kingdom of Bhutan assessing requirements for the registry by meeting with Bhutanese physicians and health policy officials at the local hospitals and the Royal Ministry of Health. The mission trip was enriched by many first hand experiences with the Bhutan’s unique healthcare system, such as their universal healthcare, traditional herbal medicine, basic health units, the strong influence of Buddhist compassion in their medical practices, and their growing need for medical equipment, especially in diagnostic radiology. The knowledge of the Bhutanese healthcare system was brought back to the United States, and implemented in a prototype of a digital cancer registry which was electronically delivered to Dr. Ugen Dophu, the Director General of Medical Services at Bhutan’s Ministry of Health. The general information about the Bhutanese healthcare system gathered during this mission trip was also presented to the United States Department of States and Project Health, an NGO, to help move forward ABAH’s humanitarian efforts to obtain donations of medical equipment to Bhutan.

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A Medical Mission Trip to the Himalayas: Bhutan Cancer Registry

Upon receiving the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Health Services Scholarship, and a grant from the American Bhutanese Associates for Health (ABAH) foundation, the summer of 2014 was spent designing the Bhutan Cancer Registry project. The project is a digital cancer data registry designed to address the country’s need of surveillance on its growing prevalence of stomach cancer, and tailored to the unique requirements of the Bhutanese healthcare system. Two weeks were spent in the Kingdom of Bhutan assessing requirements for the registry by meeting with Bhutanese physicians and health policy officials at the local hospitals and the Royal Ministry of Health. The mission trip was enriched by many first hand experiences with the Bhutan’s unique healthcare system, such as their universal healthcare, traditional herbal medicine, basic health units, the strong influence of Buddhist compassion in their medical practices, and their growing need for medical equipment, especially in diagnostic radiology. The knowledge of the Bhutanese healthcare system was brought back to the United States, and implemented in a prototype of a digital cancer registry which was electronically delivered to Dr. Ugen Dophu, the Director General of Medical Services at Bhutan’s Ministry of Health. The general information about the Bhutanese healthcare system gathered during this mission trip was also presented to the United States Department of States and Project Health, an NGO, to help move forward ABAH’s humanitarian efforts to obtain donations of medical equipment to Bhutan.