Delek Hospital and Men Tsee Kang are both autonomous in their administration and funding.
Delek Hospital has been providing health care services in Dharamsala for more than four decades. The visionary behind Delek Hospital was Mr. Tsewang Rinchen Rishing (Former Bon Chithue/MP) who proposed the founding of an allopathic dispensary to cope with the many health problems in Tibetan refugee community.
With His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama’s blessings, Tibetan Welfare Delek Hospital was officially inaugurated on October 4th, 1971. A new extension block of the hospital was constructed in 2010 by the Italian Government through their NGO, AISPO.
Although distinctly autonomous in its administration and funding at present, the hospital falls under the auspices of the Department of Health of the Central Tibetan Administration. The hospital has a nine member governing Board of Directors with Health Kalon as a Chairman and the day-to-day administrative work is overseen by an Administrator (CEO) who is supported by the Chief Medical Officer and the Hospital Secretary. Hospital has 49 staff members of both medical and non medical.
Delek Hospital has an In-patient capacity of 45 beds of which the majority are occupied by TB patients. Round-the-clock care is provided by a total of 10 nurses including two Matrons. Other facilities include an operating theater (for minor surgery), recovery room, emergency room, delivery room, E.C.G., Heart Monitoring and a wide range of laboratory services. Additionally, Delek Hospital has a full fledged Out-patients (OPD) unit, Laboratory, Pharmacy unit, dental clinic, eye clinic, TB control clinic and a public health unit. It also runs an outpatient branch clinic at Mcleod Ganj.
Delek Hospital has played a very important role in the prevention and treatment of TB in the Tibetan community. Besides TB, it provides treatment of all major infectious and non infectious diseases to both Tibetans and otherpeople in the locality. It also provides maternity services and conducts normal deliveries. Under the National Immunization Programme, all children are provided with the following vaccines: BCG, Polio (OPV), DPT, Hepatitis B, Measles, MMR and Hib.
Community Health Workers (CHW) Training has been conducted at the Delek hospital since 1981. To date, Delek has trained 265 CHWs and given 17 Refresher courses to 204 Health workers. Hospital also serves as elective centre for medical students from around the world and for Men-Tsee-Khang interns. Additionally, it creates public health awareness to the general public on important health days like World TB day, World Health day, HIV AIDS etc.