Goals

  • To expand and establish our existing outpatient network from four clinics to five in 2017.
  • To provide regular access to free medical and dental care for inhabitants while blending in the existing age-old practice of Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda.
  • To teach preventive medicine and life-style changes to improve the overall health of the population.


OUR CLINICS


Yangchen Choling Nunnery, Spiti:

Yangchen Choling Nunnery lies in the remote region of Spiti that was once a part of the Guge Empire of Tibet in the Trans-Himalayan region of the north Indian State of Himachal Pradesh, at the edge of the Western Tibetan Plateau. At an altitude of 13,500 feet, our new clinic provides year-round medical care and Tibetan and Allopathic medicines to its 220 resident nuns.

Himalayan Buddhist Cultural School, MANALI:

Manali is the Gateway to the Trans-Himalayan regions of North Western India. It is located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 6,500 feet above sea level. Due to its lower altitude and comparatively milder winter, it provides a permanent base for our US based physicians and volunteers to provide year round medical and dental care to resident monks under training and migrant populations coming down from the higher reaches of the Spiti, Ladakh and the Zanskar valley. Our clinic is located inside a Monastery compound and currently caters to the health care needs of 238 young monks and staff on a year round basis.

Phugtal Monastery, Zanskar/Ladakh:

This clinic site lies in the remote Zanskar valley, at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level. This region is so remote that there is little or no mention of it on maps. Cut off by snow seven months of the year, Zanskar can be reached on foot with a five-day trek over a 16,900 foot pass. All inhabitants of Phugtal and its surrounding villages are ancient Tibetan settlers. This clinic site has been developed with the generous financial support of Diane Lookman. Since 2002, Himalayan Health Expedition teams have been the only source of heath care for the 300 resident monks of Phugtal Monastery and hundreds of inhabitants from several surrounding villages. Our clinic is located inside the Phugtal Monastery’s compound and provides free Tibetan medicines to its resident monks and hundreds of villagers living in the surrounding area.

Tibetan Childrens’ Village, Bir/Dharamsala:

Our most recently established clinic site is located inside a Tibetan Childrens’ Village in Bir. Located 35 miles west of Dharamsala, Bir is known as a center for spiritual studies and meditation and monasteries. It is one of the largest Tibetan refugee settlements in India. For the past 20 years our medical teams have been organizing free health camps in this region and in 2016 we established our clinic inside a Tibetan Children’s Village/school. Our new clinic provides free medical and dental care and medicines and supplies to its 850 resident-students and staff.

To be Established: in 2017:

With the generous support of our donors, we hope to establish our fifth and final clinic in 2017.