27th Dec 2011 – 12th Jan, 2012
Suzanne Caragianis and Vanessa Holohan (Physiotherapist) went to Bhutan this year after enormous preparation and renewed enthusiasm. Our goals for this trip were to;
We were blessed to have achieved all of these goals with great help from Dr Tshewang Thinley, Orthopaedic Surgeon and his department, along with Mr Tshering Norbu, Physiotherapist and Ms Karma Doma, Senior Programs Officer with the Disability Prevention & Rehabilitation Program, Ministry of Health Department, who funded doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians to attend our courses. Some of the attendees travelled up to three days to get to Thimphu!
Suzanne had the opportunity to meet with Mr Dasho Nima Wangdi, Secretary for the Minister of Health and Mr Ngawang Dorji from the Royal Government of Bhutan. They were very interested in our work and achievements and were keen to develop a more formal agreement.
We proposed a Memorandum of Understanding which includes future trips by surgeons and therapists for intensive surgery camps, continuing education courses for the therapists and delivery of donated equipment.