Tibetan Delek Hospital

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Tibetan Delek Hospital
Tibetan Delek Hospital.jpg
Coordinates 32°13′19″N 76°19′02″E / 32.222°N 76.3172°E / 32.222; 76.3172Coordinates: 32°13′19″N 76°19′02″E / 32.222°N 76.3172°E / 32.222; 76.3172
Beds 45
Founded 1971
Website [1]

The Tibetan Delek Hospital is a Tibetan hospital founded in 1971 and located in Dharamsala in Northern India. It serves the Tibetan residents, and local community in the region, including tourists from around the world.[1] It practices social assistance, mainly using allopathic Western medicine.[2] Delek Hospital is managed by the Ministry of Health of the Tibetan government in exile.[3] Dr. Tsetan Sadutshang Dorji is the director.[4]

In 2013, the Kochon Prize, Stop TB Partnership is attributed to the Delek hospital, but China is pressuring the WHO.[5][6]


Delek Hospital was built through donations and provide care at a low cost to patients, while taking care of low-income patients.

It was founded in 1971 by the Dalai Lama to give allopathic medical care to Tibetan refugees and the Indian community living in Dharamsala, a city of Northern India.

In June 2008, the Delek hospital began a program to improve the control of tuberculosis in the Tibetan diaspora, supported by the Johns Hopkins University with the participation of Dr. Zorba Paster and Richard Chaissonet,[7] and the Associazione Italiana per la Solidarietà fra i Popoli (AISPO).[8]

The Rotary Club of Sunshine, based in Australia, participates in the financing of the program of tuberculosis control for Tibetan refugees.[9]


It lies between Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj, near the Men-Tsee-Khang conducive to collaboration between these medicines.[clarification needed]


The hospital includes:

  • 45 beds, in three services which one is for tuberculosis patients.
  • a home for the elderly
  • a delivery room
  • a bioassay laboratory
  • a pharmacy
  • equipment: an endoscopy room, x-ray, ultrasound device (a radiologist is present 2 days of the week)
  • a surgery room using the services of volunteer surgeons a few weeks in the year.

The hospital staff, composed of Tibetans, speak Tibetan, Hindi and English, includes:

  • 4 permanent doctors
  • a biologist
  • a pharmacist
  • 2 dentists
  • nurses
  • administrators
  • cooks for patients

The hospital is equipped with a conference room for meetings of hospital staff and conferences (ministers Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and traditional medicine).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oren Family, Volunteering in India, IsraAid
  2. ^ Bertrand Odelys, Dharamsala, Chroniques tibétaines, Albin Michel, 2003, ISBN 2226142592, p 140
  3. ^ Oorganisation de l’Administration Tibétaine en exil, 18 avril 2007
  4. ^ Tsetan Dorji Sadutshang
  5. ^ (English) Richard Finney, Tibetan Groups Petition WHO for Hospital Award Radio Free Asia, 2013-12-30
  6. ^ Betsy McKay, TB Prize Selection Gets Caught in Politics, Wall Street Journal, 26 novembre 2013
  7. ^ Delek Hospital details Plan to Combat TB in the Tibetan Community
  8. ^ Health Department holds conference to control TB in Tibetan community, 11 October 2010
  9. ^ The Rotarian sept. 2005, p 26 "[…] the Rotary Club of Sunshine, Australia, funds a tuberculosis control program for Tibetan refugees at Delek Hospital in Dharamsala, India."


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