Bhutan Health Systems in Transition (HiT) review launched
Bhutan launched its first Health System Review on June 26, 2017 at an event jointly hosted by Royal Government of Bhutan and Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO). Health in Transition (HiT) review, a core product of the APO, is a comprehensive assessment of the country’s health systems and policies. A total of 226-page review was developed by author team from the country led by Dr Sangay Thinley and edited by Dr Walaiporn Patcharanarumol and Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien from International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Thailand. Enormous effort was made to complete review within a year from the kick-off meeting to the launch on that day, which is the fastest record in the APO history.
Around 100 participants gathered for the launch of publication. Following to the remarks by Hon’ble Secretary Dr Ugen Dophu, Hon’ble Health Minister, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk welcomed the report. “The launch of this report is timely as the country is now developing the country’s next five year plan. The findings of this report will serve as a very important baseline reference for planning and designing appropriate interventions.”
Dr Phyllida Travis, Director, Department of Health System Development, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia and Dr Phusit Prakongsai, Chair of APO Board celebrated the completion of first review and great findings that include establishment of public financed and managed health system of Bhutan and remarkable improvement on health status in the past five and a half decades.
On behalf of the authors, Dr Sangay Thinley made a presentation highlighting the findings of the review followed by official launch by Former Health Minister MP Zanglay Dukpa and Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk.