Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
Zadoh Planning Meeting Toronto
June 9, 2001
prepared by Conrad Richter, GRP Coordinator
Dr. Robbie Chase
Dr. Evelyn Wolff
Rinpoche's visit to Zadoh last year, Gaden Relief Projects formed,
and contracted with, a local Zadoh clinic committee to build,
supply, staff and manage the Zadoh health clinic.
team of volunteers from Canada will be visiting Zadoh this August
in support of GRP's Zadoh health clinic project. The main purpose
of the meeting was to identify and narrow down objectives, to
identify material needs, and to address funding requirements
August 2001, Rinpoche will be accompanied by Dr. Robbie Chase,
a GRP volunteer, to Zadoh. They will be joined by Rinpoche's
students, Andy and Lana from Idaho, and possibly by two other
doctors. The total time in Zadoh is expected to be about two
construction of a clinic building with five rooms was begun
on May 2 and the shell is expected to be complete by August
10. Last year, GRP provided the local Zadoh clinic committee
US$10,000 to fund the construction. The total cost of the building
shell is expected to be US$21,000. So, the first objective is
to deliver the additional funds needed to complete the building.
1: To deliver US$11,000 for clinic building
Clinic Furnishings and Equipment
become functional, the clinic will need such items as solar
panels, generator, shelving, chairs, tables, beds, blankets,
a kitchen, etc. All items will be purchased in China, including
the generator and solar panels. Reasons for buying locally as
opposed to importing from Canada or elsewhere included availability
of service and repairs, spare parts, and warranty.
is to contact the Zadoh committee for a list of requirements
and estimated costs. For now, it is estimated the the cost of
acquiring and installing the above items will about US$10,000.
2: To deliver US$10,000 for furnishings and equipment
ACTION RINPOCHE: To communicate with Zadoh for list of needs
are no reliable health status data for the Zadoh clinic area
population. To the extent that is practical within the limitations
of time (2 weeks) and field equipment available, a health survey
of households will be conducted by Robbie with Rinpoche translating.
It is expected that at least 20 households will be surveyed
for diabetes, hypertension, tuberculosis, and other conditions.
Household members will be interviewed for history information.
is to identify field equipment needed, and work with Evelyn
to acquire it. A hemoglobulinometer and batteries, glucometer
(sp.?), sputum slides and cases, were some of the needed items
identified. These items will be brought in by the team. It was
estimated that such equipment might cost US$1,000, although
Evelyn and Robbie will seek donations from hospitals and medical
OBJECTIVE 3: To survey the medical status of the Zadoh village
ACTION ROBBIE & EVELYN: To identify and source field equipment
from Rokpa Canada's experience in Yushu, the capital of the
prefecture where Zadoh is located, indicates that typical health
problems of the area include iron deficiency, skin infections,
skin allergies, warts and hypertension. Rokpa recommended medications
such as acetaminophen, antibiotics, ointments, antihypertensives,
etc. The goal will be to treat only conditions that can be treated
safely given the short time frame of the visit. Longer term
treatments for conditions such as tuberculosis will not be attempted.
temporary clinic will be set up during the visit. The team will
take such medicines and supplies needed to treat patients who
to the clinic. Robbie is to identify what drugs and supplies
are needed. Estimated cost of drugs and supplies is US$1,000.
OBJECTIVE 4: To set up a temporary clinic for short term
ROBBIE & CONRAD: To identify and source drugs and supplies needed
for temporary clinic
training of clinic staff to operate equipment left behind such
as the hemoglobulinometer will be conducted. Robbie to train
staff as needed.
clinic will be staffed by two Tibetan doctors and four support
staff. The estimated salaries for the doctors will be 1,000
yuan per month each and for the support staff 250 yuan per month
each. Total estimated salary will be 36,000 yuan per year or
about US$5000 per year.
Zadoh committee will be asked to explore the option of operating
the clinic on a recovery basis for the costs of salaries and
medicines. Although it would be good to be able to fund the
first year's staffing so the clinic can get off on a good start,
it was recognized that other objectives take precedence over
funding the staffing and the stocking (below) of the clinic
if fundraising falls short.
OBJECTIVE 5: To deliver US$5,000 for the first year of salaries.
clinic will need medicines, allopathic and Tibetan, and supplies
such as bandages, gauze, sutures, etc. There was no estimate
of costs. The team will probably discuss clinic stocking with
the Zadoh committee during the visit.
6: To identify needs for stocking clinic.
Robbie, Andy and Lana are definite. Robbie's associates James
and Rolie are possible additions. Rolie is the former director
of Doctors Without Borders and would make an excellent addition
to the team.
Aug 02 Xining Aug 04 Yushu Aug 05 Zadoh Aug 07 Zadoh Aug 24
Yushu Aug 25 Xining Aug 27 Beijing Aug 28
Team members are expected to cover their own travel costs. Local
travel, food and accommodation will be provided by Zadoh. Robbie
and other doctors will donate their travel costs to GRP and
will receive tax receipts.
1.1 Balance of construction cost: US$11,000
1.2 Clinic furnishings and equipment: 10,000
1.3 Equipment for health assessment: 1,000
1.4 Medicines and supplies for treatment: 1,000
1.5 Clinic staffing: 5,000
1.6 Clinic stocking: ?
Gaden Relief bank account (C$15,000): US$10,000
Slide show proceeds (C$1,300): 850
Zuru Ling (C$1,000): 650
Donation from Hamilton (C$1,000): 650
Australian retreat centre (A$10,000): 5,000
For committed expenditures: US$6,000
Or, with uncommitted expenditures (minimum): 11,000
least US$6,000 (C$10,000) is required by July 31. Letters will
be sent to members of the GRP mailing list. The letters will
be followed up by phone calls. Presently there are about 430
names on the GRP list, with about 100-200 useable for this campaign.
separate call campaign to affluent areas such as Unionville
and to U.S. is contemplated. Lynn will look into acquiring lists
of phone numbers.
is to provide GRP list.
ACTION TINA: To compose fundraising letter and send to GRP
ACTION LYNN: To follow up letters with calls, and to conduct
separate call campaign
CONRAD: To provide GRP list to Lynn and Tina
action points must be complete before July 31. Materials and
funds must be in Vancouver by July 31. Delivery to be coordinated
with Robbie and Rinpoche. Conrad to provide coordination support.
SEVA Eye Care Team
lead by Dr. Ken Baum, is planning to visit Zadoh to provide
eye care services. Seva will be in Zadoh from Aug 01 to Aug
07. Three days of surgery are planned. It is assumed that Seva
will bring all equipment and supplies it needs. If needed, Evelyn
has commitments from Toronto-area companies to provide prescription
and Lana will assess the tourism potential of the Zadoh area.
Areas to be explored include rafting, mountain climbing, hiking,
horseback riding, etc.