Tshering Delma

Decline in fertility rate alarming

Bhutan’s fertility rate has seen a huge decline over the years, from 5.6% in 1994 to 4.7 in 2000 to 2.3 in 2012. This year the fertility rate dropped to 1.9% which according to the Health Minister Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk is a huge concern. The health minister said the situation …

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Winter Program for scout students

The winter vacation scout programs will keep students from all 20 dzongkhags, including students from the four thromdes, involved in experiential learning and educational activities. The leadership training will begin from 25th December 2017 till 15th January 2018 at the Military Training Center in Wangduephodrang for the 125 scout students …

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99% households have electricity but reliability a challenge

An estimated 99 percent of households in the country have access to electricity according to the Bhutan Living Standard Survey (BLSS) 2017 released this week. In urban areas access to electricity is 100 percent and 98 percent in rural areas according to the survey. More than half the households without …

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The Second Phase of IT Park construction is underway

With commercial space at the Thimphu TechPark fully leased out to eight FDI companies that employ around 745 Bhutanese youths the government has started construction of the second phase of IT Park. The new building, which will consists of a total built-up area of about 2000 square metres, is expected to cost …

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More can be done to improve school food

In line with the recommendation made by the parliament, the RAA conducted the performance audit with an overall objective to ascertain the economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the management of school feeding with a specific focus on nutrition covering the government funded schools for two financial periods. The RAA had …

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Only 58% of Bhutan’s population has access to improved sanitation

Access to improved water sources has increased to 98% in 2015 compared to 54% in 1990 with the promotion of access to sanitation facilities. This was done through demand creation in rural households, construction of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities and hygiene promotion activities in schools and nunneries and …

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21 out of 1,000 newborns die within first month

Despite significant improvement in under-five mortality, from 162 to 33 per 1000 live births in a country, new-born deaths remains high accounting for 70% of all infant deaths and more than half of under-five deaths. Currently, 21 of every 1,000 newborn babies die within the first month of birth where …

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High Level Advocacy tour in Punakha, Wangdue and Gasa

The western districts of Punakha, Wangduephodrang and Gasa will be the focus of a high-level advocacy tour by Her Majesty Gyalyum Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck from 12th to 22nd of November. The ten day tour will create awareness on public health and social issues such as HIV/AIDS and STDs, suicide …

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