Health Education and Training
The Health Education Division has been playing a crucial role in improving the overall health status of Tibetans living in exile by creating awareness about health issues since its inception in the mid-eighties. Special focus is paid on increasing the knowledge of the general public regarding the prevention of communicable diseases like Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS, etc. It is mainly responsible for designing, publication, and distribution of health education materials like posters, pamphlets, brochures, and videos. Annually, the section conducts various culturally relevant and evidence-based awareness campaigns in different Tibetan schools, settlements, and monasteries.
Marking Important Health Days, like the World TB Day, Hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS Day, in all Tibetan settlements is a major responsibility of this Division. It also provides funding to all the health centers and schools to organize such events. It provides training and workshops to community health workers and the general public regarding disease prevention and health promotion activities. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many important awareness posters were translated in Tibetan and short informational videos on prevention of infection from the coronavirus were released in the social media handles of the department. This division thus plays a significant role in promoting health awareness among the Tibetan population living across India and Nepal.