The Bhutan Canada Foundation is committed to bringing together like-minded organizations in Canada and Bhutan to work together for mutual benefit, particularly in the area of education. Building such cross-country partnerships strengthens the capacity of Bhutanese organizations to pursue the development goals of the country and contributes to a better understanding of Bhutan within Canada.
Please contact us if you are interested in discussing ways your organization might connect with a Bhutanese partner.
Partnership in Focus
Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at the University of British Columbia.
In the Spring of 2019, the Bhutan Canada Foundation connected GHI with KGUMSB and provided logistical support for their first meeting in Bhutan. Upon learning more about one another, the two university organizations agreed to work together to address the theme of mental health in Bhutan. Mental health challenges remain a significant issue in the country. Depression and suicide are on the rise while a shortage of specialized mental health professionals continues, particularly outside of the capital city of Thimphu.
The new GHI – KGUMSB partnership will bring Bhutanese and Canadians together to generate dialogue and skills building around mental health. The partnership plans to hold a 2-3 day Mental Health Symposium for students in April or May of 2020. The Symposium will focus on perspectives on mental health; practical skills building, including skills in suicide prevention; reducing stigma and building resilience. The Symposium will lay the foundation for an ongoing collaboration between the partners in public health education.