The majority of Nangchen's inhabitants have no access to basic
medical care. Long distances, lack of viable transportation and
poverty prevent most residents from receiving medical treatment from
government health care facilities.
Several small primary health care clinics have been initiated by
NYEMA to diagnose and treat patients with common health problems
such as respiratory illnesses, arthritis, high blood pressure and
In 1997 and 1998, volunteer health care workers from the U.S.
traveled to Nangchen to help evaluate the overall health care needs
and to facilitate community-based medical treatment.
In 1999 we continued to improve basic health care through expanded
support of 17 local primary care clinics and health care personnel.
In addition, we met with and continued to improve our relationships
with local government health care administrators.
In 2002, NYEMA supported the construction of a traditional Tibetan
and Chinese herbal medical clinic and women's medical school at Kala
Rongo. The clinic's primary aim is to establish a firm base for
women's health care in the local community.