Tsering Wangchuk

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Tsering Wangchuk in 2012 in Dharamsala

Tsering Wangchuk (1974 in Leh), is a Tibetan physicians and the current minister for Health of the Central Tibetan Administration


Dr. Tsering Wangchuk was born in Leh, Ladakh in 1974. He is an Allopathic medical doctor by profession. He completed School education from Central School for Tibetan at Dalhousie and Mussoorie, India in 1993. He received a fellowship from the Department of Education to study in Warsaw, Poland, where he became Doctor in Medicine, and spent two years of internship at Hospital of Medical University of Warsaw. In 2003 he returned to India and worked as Resident Medical Officer at Phuntsokling Menlha Hospital from 2003 and 2008. From 2008 to 2009 he worked as Medical Officer for the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center in Darjeeling. Since 2009, he was the Senior Medical Officer at Tsojhe Khangsar Charity Hospital, Bylakuppe.[1]

As nominated by the first democratically elected Sikyong (The Political leader) of the Tibetan People, Dr. Lobsang Sangay and unanimously approved by the Tibetan Parliament, he accepted the post of Kalon and took the oath of office from the Chief Justice Commissioner on 16 September 2011. He officially took the responsibility to lead the Department of Health (Tibetan Voluntary Health Association) as its 15th Kalon on 19 September 2011. He had an honor and privilege to succeed Kalon Chope Paljor Tsering. He look forward to lead the DoH (TVHA) and improve the health conditions of the Tibetan people to the best of his abilities. Since September 16, 2011, under the leadership of the Tibetan Prime minister Lobsang Sangay, he is the minister for Health.[2][3]

Health Kalon, Dr. Tsering Wangchuk is also the Chairman of the Governing Body of the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, Men-Tsee-Khang[4] which is also part of Department of Health of Central Tibetan Administration. During a visit to Taiwan, Dr. Tsering Wangchuk met Chiu Wen-ta, Taiwanese health minister, Hsu Min Hu Director of Bureau of International Cooperation, Department of Health and Lee Ming-liang, Taiwan’s former Minister of Health on 11 April 2012 at Taiwanese health offices to promote support for the health care system in the exile Tibetan community.[5] During his tenure, following are his five Top priorities of Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Health

  1. Health Information System
  2. Public Health- mainly in disease prevention and health promotion focusing on Health education
  3. Tibetan Medicare System
  4. Health Human resource development particularly of retention of Medical doctors and Public health personals; and training of health and medical staffs.
  5. To improve Health care access and resources in Tibetan settlements in remote areas from Ladakh Changthang to North East India and to Nepal including rational, feasibility and need based implementation of Telemedicine Clinic Project in remote Tibetan refugee settlements in India.