PHC Project for Bhutanese Refugees


Basic humanitarian assistance and international protection to refugees from Bhutan in Jhapa and Morang districts of eastern Nepal continued since the arrival of refugees in early 1990s. AMDA Nepal engaged since 1995 in the relief assitance to the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. Since 2001, AMDA Nepal is managaing primary health care and nutrition project in partnership with UNHCR.

Large-scale resettlement of refugees from Bhutan has began in October 2007 within the framework of comprehensive durable solutions, with the crucial support and assistance of the Core Group of countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States). The start of the resettlement departures in March 2008 in Nepal marked a breakthrough in the identification of solutions for the protracted situation faced by the refugees from Bhutan. Some 100,000 individuals have been departed Nepal for resettlement to a third country.The resettlement operation of refugees from Bhutan is now the largest UNHCR resettlement operation in the world.

AMDA Nepal has been providing primary healthcare and nutrition services to the refugees from Bhutan in the refugee camps as per updated national and international standards and protocols. In addition, the project has been distributing the parabolic solar cookers to refugees and host community residents. The majorj activities carried out under this project are :

  • Routine medical check-up (Out patient) service including consultation by medical doctors and paramedical staff in Primary Health Centers.
  • 24 hours emergency services.
  • Maternal and child health services at primary health care level
  • Integrated Management of Childhood illnesses services
  • Vaccination services (EPI) as per Nepal government protocol
  • Health and Nutrition education: community outreach to provide health and Nutrition education (IEC)
  • Growth monitoring promotion for under‑fives
  • Supplementary and therapeutic feeding for Acute Malnourished children under-fives
  • Supplementary feeding for other vulnerable groups ; pregnant and lactating mothers, TB and other chronic patients and elderly people
  • Provision of Micronutrient Powder for all 6 to 59 months children to reduce micronutrient deficiencies and especially targeting iron deficiency anaemia
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