Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
May 2, 2004
Present: Evan Zaleschuk (chair), Helen Weiss (host), Marianne
Rev, Sharon Gretzinger, Didi Zasep, Deborah Simpson (recorder)
1. Business arising from the previous minutes
1.1 Maternal and child health survey written by Helen
a bit of feedback on the survey questions over email, and we discussed
and suggested a few changes at the meeting. Helen will make the
changes and send out the updated survey. Rinpoche intends to use
this survey on this summer's trip. We thought that the main responders
would be either a) female citizens of the area, b) health care
providers, c) administrators. It would be important to identify
what group the responders fall into on the survey. In terms of
who will administer the survey, we thought that it depends on
who the responder is, i.e. if it is an administrator, Rinpoche
could ask the questions but it is a local woman Candace or Annelly
with a female translator would be better. It was thought that
Didi would be a perfect person to conduct the survey with the
local women. Robbie or Candace, with translator could ask health
Women Have No Doctor, and Disabled Village Children,
Helping Health Care Workers Learn, and Midwifery
books have arrived. If anyone would like to borrow these books,
contact Deborah. Dirty Padma books are being processed
with help from Lu, a friend of Evan's.
1.3 Communication with Jinpa
emails back from Tashi or Anne. A priority for our committee is
to facilitate the process of getting young adults from the Zadoh
area into the Jinpa health care worker and midwifery trainings.
Perhaps we could give Rinpoche a list of questions that he could
give to Tashi as a starting point. Questions brainstormed were:
- 1. Have
you trained anyone from the Zadoh area before?
If so, who?
Do you know if and where they are practicing as health care
Do they have the necessary equipment, such as wound care
- 2. When
is the next training and how many people from Zadoh area could
participate a) in the basic training? b) in the midwifery training?
- 3. What
could we do to support Jinpa's training programs?
provide specialty trainers/teachers
provide resources material
ask Rinpoche if he thinks that this questionnaire would be helpful.
Sharon will write a draft cover letter and sent to the group for
1.4 Email from Surmang
summarized Lee Weingrad's email (from Surmang clinic). He emphasized
that we need to identify local stakeholders, focus on health promotion
not primary care, focus on qualitative issues rather than quantitative,
maternal and child health is the key to the restoration of culture,
poverty and lack of education are the biggest causes of health
problems. He also mentioned that ALSO is providing health care
training in Yushu for trained health care professionals, and that
doing a needs assessment properly is expensive and time consuming,
(theirs cost $1000. and took 4 months).
Questions: Could Candace provide a clinic for women this visit?
Didi would be a good ally in this initiative as the women trust
her, understand the culture and speak the language.
Marianne was trying to get hold of Dr. Jane Bishop who has experience
is this area. Jane recently responded to Marianne, and Marianne
has sent her reply to the Zadoh list.
that the plan this year for the senior's residence in Zadoh is
to build a "soup kitchen". Didi's vision for the future is to
have a health care clinic at the residence that would serve the
whole community. Richmond Burnett High School is supporting the
building of a school in Zadoh. This is a very exciting project.
2. New Business
2.1 Zadoh Trip 2004, questions and thoughts
Didi be able to overlap with Candace to do some work specifically
around women's health needs?
- Can we
hire more translators (female preferably) for this trip? We
have heard that the Rokpa girls are not available.
- Are there
medical practitioners already in Zadoh i.e. local nurses that
could use our support?
- As all
health care initiatives seem dependent on local health care
providers, we are hopeful that this summer, contact can be made
with Tashi (Jinpa) regarding the training, and potential students
will be identified.
- As per
Ron Greenberg's suggestion at the "Big 4 " meeting, I am taking
all the "actions " from the minutes and listing them here:
Helen to make changes to the maternal and child health questionnaire
and send it out to the Zadoh list.
Evan to continue working on the "Dirty Padma" books; Deborah
to return CD to Seva office; outstanding item, donation
to Cynthia for use of the books of $150.00 as previously
Evan to discuss proposed questionnaire for Tashi with Rinpoche.
Sharon to write cover letter for questionnaire (if Rinpoche
approves) and send to group for feedback.
Pursue the use of Didi's services if dates allow.
June 18, 7:00 in WR. Who would be able to go at this time?
[Minutes prepared by Debprah Simpson]