Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
Healthy Communities Together
Zadoh Meeting with ROKPA, Seva
Jan. 29, 2004
Zasep Rinpoche, Ron (ROKPA), Maggie (Seva), Vedesh (TRAS), Isaac
(ROKPA), Adriene, Deborah, Evan, Marianne, Martha, Noreen, Sharon,
Rinpoche's opening remarks
Thank you everyone for coming, I really appreciate your being
here for this second meeting of the four groups who are working
in the Yushu / Zadoh area. It is very good to meet together and
know what each other are doing. I think in the future we could
do something in Tibet together.
The Seva Eye Camp in 2001 was a success. My sister Didi was just
in Tibet and people are still talking about the Eye Camp and they
would like to have another Eye Camp.
1. Needs Assessments, To-date and Future
Long discussion on needs assessments
Isaac reported that an assessment was done and found many people
to be suffering with: arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, gall
bladder problems, ulcers, depression (described as heart pain)
since the Chinese invasion.
to draw up a new needs assessment with the focus being on maternal
and child health. Zadoh committee will work on this and then pass
it round to others for additions.
ask Dr Leder all the questions on the assessment we come up with
and will write down his answers so that we will have the information
about the region that he has through his experience as a doctor
in the region.
Suggestion that Tashi Tsering could do a survey of the needs of
women and children in the area.
Akong Rinpoche says to go in "high profile" could jeopardize projects.
to start a resource list and have everyone add to it. Isaac said
he would do this.
and Children's health
Many problems and little conclusive information, major concerns
about infant mortality, maternal care pre and post natal as well
as in relation to birth control and ongoing care of problematic
menses and IUDs cause a lot of problems for women and there seems
to be no solution to this available.
Greenberg said that he will get us known reports re mortality
and problems with women and children.
that TRAS uses all local people to train and all project ideas
come from the local community. She suggests that we find a local
"women who knows" and ask her all the questions too and ask her
what she would like to see happen for the health of women and
children in her area.
Occupational therapy can be very helpful (handicap aids available
in Vancouver and Victoria).
Handicapped children might not get seen by doctors as they can
not get to the doctors. Often the only time they get outside is
to see the Lama
3. Working with Jinpa
Agreed that we could get good information from Tashi Tsering
of the Jinpa project and perhaps work with him and support his
work as he travels all over the region. Ask Tashi Tsering what
he thinks about people coming to teach various parts of his training
Evan volunteered to get in touch with Tashi and
find out what programs they have that could dovetail with Zadoh
Education (Nutrition, Hygiene, Sanitation)
Literacy is low so education needs to be through images and spoken
words not words on paper. Basic education is a current need.
Some midwife training is going on, some through Jinpa. Traditional
birthing is done by women, no men allowed.
Forty students taking medical training; what the curriculum covers
is not known.
Current hygiene practices do not include hand washing.
Local concern about truck drivers bringing diseases. Little information
about sexually transmitted diseases.
5. Poverty/Income Generation
Train people in India or Nepal as it is easier to travel, cheaper,
less culture shock and the language is easier to learn. Could
train doctors and teachers. Danger always that whatever is done
is taken over by the Chinese.
Jinpa has good ways of working in Tibet.
> In the Resource section: I had also suggested the book" Disabled
Village > Children" as a standard text used in international aid
projects. Tashi > may also be interested in translating parts
of this. > > In the Jinpa section: were we going to ask Tashi
Tsering what he thought > about people coming to teach various
parts of his training program?
Where There Is No Doctor in Tibetan.
Tsering would like a copy of Where There are No Women Doctors!
In English is fine; he could translate it. Who will do this?
suggested the book Disabled Village Children as a standard
text used in international aid projects. Tashi may also be interested
in translating parts of this.
already translated into Tibetan and available for those who can't
Rinpoche suggests that we give out the books to families and have
them read it and talk about it at night as this is culturally
a family time.
Zadoh Health Care Centre has a monk-doctor who is at the centre
full time and seeing many people.
Western doctors will do clinics when they are there (going this
Rokpa works well as the people know Akong Rinpoche and ask him
for help and he asks them to go back to their village and put
a proposal together which they do.
you Rinpoche for being at this meeting and giving us your guidance.
Thanks also to Ron, Maggie, Adrienne, Isaac and Videsh for coming
to the meeting representing Rokpa, Seva and Tras, we appreciate
your input and look forward to working with you in the future
on some of these ideas.
Thanks to Sharon for doing up the minutes and Deborah for chairing.