The young doctor Dr. Svenja Maschke is specialised in the use of neuronavigation devices. At the moment she is training assistant doctors and technical personnel at the JDWNR Hospital Thimphu in the use of such a device.
During the highly intensive three-week training in Bhutan, the required software skills are to be trained and enhanced in order to be used in the operating theatre. Another major objective is to pass on the knowledge to further interested assistant doctors and technical personnel. Read more
Six doctors are supposed to work in Dagana. When we visited this southern Bhutanese district in August 2019, we met a lone doctor in the little hospital in the district town. Unfortunately, he was also about to leave to be deployed in Thimphu. Doctors are a “scarce species“ not only in Dagana. Nationwide, there are currently only three doctors per 10 000 citizens. (12th Five Year Plan, S.85f).
Dagapela District Hospital
We did not meet a doctor in the larger district hospital in Dagapela, but we had the chance to talk to highly professional and motivated nurses. Mr. Prem Neopanay and Ms.Tshering Dema presented a well organised and relatively well-equipped hospital regarding human and technical resources. Read more
Austria and Bhutan have had long-standing relations on police level since two officers of the Royal Bhutan Body Guard and the Royal Bhutan Police participated in a 10-week training of the Austrian Special Operations Unit WEGA in 2002. This was continued by a follow-up some years later and numerous contacts and visits both on professional and private level. Read more
22 August 2019. Her Excellency, the Austrian Ambassador to Bhutan, Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer hosted a reception at the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH). Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck graced the event as the Guest of Honour.
Numerous Ministers of the Royal Government and Bhutanese dignitaries participated in the reception on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Austria and Bhutan. Austrian musicians entertained the guests with traditional Austrian music. Two representatives of the Friends of Bhutan Association Austria have also been invited to participate in this memorable event.
The venue of the celebrations, the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH), presents an outstanding example of cooperation between Austria and Bhutan. Construction and refurbishment of the school building as well as the training of the young Bhutanese tourism professionals has been supported by Austria since 2008. Tourism Schools Salzburg have been significantly involved in the curriculum and capacity development of RITH. Diploma programs offered by RITH are also certified by Tourism Schools Salzburg. Read more
25 October 2018. Training on a neuronavigation system in JDWNR Hospital Thimphu
With the support of the Association a much needed training on a new neuro-navigation device of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu was facilitated by the Friendship Association.
Dr. Stefan Wolfsberger of the Medical University of Vienna, who had already trained Dr. Tashi Tenzin from the JDWNR Hospital in Thimphu in the use of this system in Vienna, assisted in the operation of two patients on site.
The neuro-navigation system renders medical interventions more precise and reduces the risks for patients. In future, patients who possibly suffer from a brain tumour no longer have to be referred to India, but will receive high-quality treatment at home in their own country.