Aims and Objectives:

  • Provide an opportunity to local health professionals and researchers to update on the latest developments in the field of medical and health sciences.
  • Facilitate better cooperation and collaboration among healthcare providers and researchers.
  • Provide a scientific platform to present research findings on health sciences for the local as well as international health professionals and researchers.
  • Encourage research on the principles and practice of medical and health sciences.
  • Encourage Bhutanese health professionals to gather at least once in a year for a scientific session to update and share professional experiences.

  1. Emerging Mental Health Issues
  2. Novel Approaches in Mental Health Care
  3. Health System Approach towards promoting Mental Health
  4. Understanding Mental Health Issues in Mother and Child
  5. Translating Research into Public Health Action
  6. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Mental Health Care
  7. Clinical Medicine
  8. Nursing Practice and Education
  9. Medical Education
  10. Spiritualism and Mental Health
Pre-Conference Workshop:

  1. Mental Health Workshop
  2. Enhance Communication
  3. Medical Humanities
  4. Work place-based Assessment


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Topic Presenter Institution Country
Day 1
(25th Oct. 2019) – Pre Conference Workshop from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Inaugural Ceremony at 4:00 PM and Reception Dinner
Day 2
(26th Oct. 2019)
0830 – 1015 Hrs
0800 – 0830 Hrs : Registration of Participants

SUB THEME 1: Emerging Mental Health Issues
Chair: Dr. Chencho Dorjee, Dean
Co-Chair: Dr. Dambar Kumar Nirola, Psychiatrist

0830 – 0850 Invited speaker (topic TBA) Director, Ministry of Health DoPH, Ministry of Health Bhutan
0855 – 0910 Influence of family dynamics on prevalence of substance use among emerging adults in Bhutan. Ms. Tenzing Choden, Counselor Royal Thimphu College Bhutan
0915 – 0930 The relationships between protective factors and mental health Mr. Pema Wangchuk, Clinical Nurse Eastern Regional Referral
Hospital, Mongar
0935 – 0950 Prevalence and determinants of Domestic Violence on Mental Health Dr. Nazmul Alam, Associate Professor Asian University for Women Bangladesh
0955 – 1010 Understanding health related quality of life (HRQOL) among elderly in an urban setting in India Prof. Gajendra Kumar Medhi, Professor North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute Of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong India
1015 – 1045 TEA BREAK
1045-1230 Hrs

SUB THEME 2: Health System Approach towards promoting Mental Health
Chair: Dr. Pandup Tshering, DG, MoH
Co-Chair: Dr. Sonam Tobgay, Psychiatrist

1045 – 1105 Post Disaster Mental Health: Health Systems Strengthening Support ( further refinement required) Mr. Kozo Watanabe JICA Bhutan Office, Thimphu Japan
1110 – 1125 Mental Health and the health system in Bangladesh – A Public Health Challenge Dr. Abir Shaqran Mahmood, Lecturer American International University, Dhaka Bangladesh
1130 – 1145  Prevalence and factors associated with depression among adult HIV patients attending ART clinics: a cross-sectional study in Western Bhutan Mr. Kezang Tshering, Clinical Pharmacist JDWNRH, Thimphu Bhutan
1150 – 1205 Alcohol and substance use disorders and the current scenario in Bhutan


Dr. Damber Kumar Nirola, Psychiatrist JDWNRH, Thimphu Bhutan
1210 – 1225 Addiction Psychiatry Training in South Asia: An Update Dr. Roshan Bhad, Assistant Professor AIIMS, New Delhi India
1230 – 1330 Hrs LUNCH
1330 – 1515 Hrs

SUB THEME 3: Translating Research into Action
Chair: Dr. Sithar Dorjee, Director, KGUMSB
Co-Chair: Mr. Tandin Dorji, CPO, MoH

1330 – 1350 Mental health capacity building in low-income countries: lessons from a mental health literacy survey in Kenya. Dr. Elijah Muthomi Marangu Deakin University Australia
1355 – 1410 Blood Lead Levels in children 2 through 59 months-old in two metropolitan cities of Bhutan Ms. Deki Pem, Assistant Professor Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, KGUMSB Bhutan
1415 – 1430 Epidemiological Characteristics of Attempted Suicide Patients Admitted in National Referral Hospital, Bhutan


Mr. Zimba Letho, Clinical Nurse JDWNRH, Thimphu Bhutan
1435 – 1450 Statistical Modelling and Forecasting of Reported Suicidal Cases in Sikkim Dr. Rajkumari Sanatombi Devi, Assistant Professor Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences India
1455 – 1510 De-mythifying” mental health taboo: Can an educational programme in combination with workshops change the perspective towards mental health and help seeking behavior among university students in Hong Kong? Dr. Dalinda Isabel Sanchez Vidana, Postdoctoral Fellow University of Gothenburg Sweden
1515 – 1545 HEALTH BREAK
1545 – 1715 Hrs

SUB THEME 4: Novel Approaches in Mental Health Care
Chair: Dr. Chencho Dorji, Psychiatrist, JDWNRH
Co-Chair: Mrs. Barbara Jayson

1545 -1605 Big Data Meets Mental Health Dr. Leo Anthony Celi Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA USA
1610 – 1630 Contemplative therapy Dasho Pema Thinley, Former Vice Chancellor Institute of wellbeing
Tshaluna, Thimphu
1635 -1650 ICDP (International Child Development Programme) used as parental guidance with caregivers of special needs children (age 0-5). Mrs. Anne Karine RÃ¥munddal Kippenes, Music Therapist/ Consultant Special Needs Early Education Resource Center, Gamle Oslo Norway
1655 – 1710 Environmental Conscious design for better health and wellbeing Mr. Deependra Pourel, Founder/Architect DESIGN Studio, Thimphu Bhutan
Day 3
27th Oct.)
0830 – 0940 Hrs

SUB THEME 5: Understanding Mental Health Issues in Mother and Child
Chair: Dr. Sonam Jamtsho, Gynaecologist, JDWNRH
Co-Chair: Dr. Ugyen Dem, Psychiatrist, JDWNRH

0830 – 0850 Invited speaker (topic TBA) Resident Representative UNICEF Bhutan
0855 – 0910 “Voices of the unheard”: Perceptions of motherhood and experience with health-care providers in mothers with severe mental illness- a qualitative perspective Dr. Debanjan Banerjee, Psychiatrist National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore India
0915 – 0930 Perinatal Positivity Mrs. Barbara Jayson, Founder/Co-chair The Foundation for Mother & Child Health, UK United Kingdom
0940 – 1045

SUB THEME 6: Clinical Medicine
Chair: Dr. Gosar Pemba, MS, JDWNRH
Co-Chair: Dr. D B Subba, Medical Specialist, MH

0940 – 1000 Awareness among Adolescent about Physical, Mental and Sexual abuse in Selected Educational Institute of Dhaka City Ms. Monidipa Saha, Lecturer Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA USA
1005 – 1020 Interaction between Disulfiram and Betel Quid among Patients Admitted For Alcohol Detoxification in Psychiatric Ward, National Referral Hospital, Bhutan Dr. Ugyen Dem, Psychiatrist JDWNRH, Thimphu Bhutan
1025 – 1040 Infantile Beriberi presenting as Acute Infantile Encephalopathy in children admitted to PICU of JDWNRH Dr. Dinesh Pradhan, Pediatrician Central Regional Referral Hospital, Gelephu Bhutan
1045 – 1115 BREAK
1115 – 1240 Hrs

SUB THEME 7: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Chair: Dr. Tashi Tenzin, Dean, FoPGM
Co-Chair: Drungtsho Karma Gaylek, NTMH

1115 – 1135 TBA (Invited Speaker) Lopen Lungten Gamtsho, President Collage of Language and Culture Studies Bhutan
1140 – 1155 Mental Health: Sowa-rigpa and Buddhist Perspective Mr. Kezang Tshering, Lecturer Faculty of Traditional Medicine, KGUMSB Bhutan
1200 -1215 Antibacterial activity of alcohol extracts of Bhutanese Traditional Medicine khyung-lngaagainst Staphylococcus aureus: an in-vitro study Drg. Jigme Singye, Drungtsho Lhuentse General Hospital Bhutan
1220 – 1235 Benefits of Bloodletting procedure among Bed-mKhris-mGo-Nad patients. A prospective observational study. Drg. Karma Ugyen, Drungtsho National Traditional Medicine Hospital, Kawangjangsa Bhutan
1240 – 1340 LUNCH
1340 -1540 Hrs


Quiz and Experience Sharing
Total time allotted for Quiz : 30 mins
Moderator – Ms. Namgay Zam, Executive Director, Journalist Association of Bhutan.
Dr. Chencho Dorji’s experience sharing: 30 mins, rest of the sharing will be allotted 10 mins each.
Panel Discussion on experience sharing:

  • Mental illness
  • Recovering SUD
  • Cancer survivor
  • Suicide survivor
1545 – 1615 Hrs TEA BREAK










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