Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage: everyone everywhere

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.

Sub-Theme 1: Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) and Infectious Diseases

Non-communicable diseases

  1. Youth and NCDs
  2. Women and NCDs
  3. Analyzing political economy to determinants of NCDs
  4. System approaches to combat NCDs
  5. Addressing critical challenges to governance of NCDs
  6. Quality research, clinical care and management of NCDs
  7. Service delivery to combat NCDs

Infectious/ Communicable diseases

  1. Emerging & re-emerging diseases/epidemics
  2. Quality research and best practices
  3. Prevention and newer diagnostic tools
  4. Clinical care and management
  5. Multi-sectoral, national and international collaborations.


Sub-Theme 2: Integrated approach with Allopathic, traditional medicine and local healer etc.

  1. Holistic approach to healthcare often referred to as caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit in the context of the community.
  2. Integration of various healing practices (traditional, cultural, local, spiritual, etc.) with conventional modern medicine.
  3. Collaborative approach to patient care among practitioners with diverse healing background.
  4. Role of cultural belief and practices in the primary health system.
  5. Scope and challenges in making integrative health a reality.


Sub-Theme 3: Community empowerment: key pre-requisites for establishing universal health coverage. Parameters of community empowerment:

  1. Access to information and UHC at the cost, community and country can afford
  2. Individual and community participation in decision-making forums (in planning and implementation of their healthcare)
  3. Ability to demand accountability from decisions makers
  4. Shared sense of ownership, joint accountability of the agenda
  5. Able to hold provider accountable for quality and outcome
  6. Capacity to work in partnership with public services
  7. Proactive attitude of community
  8. Empowerment of youthMSTF (Multi Sector Task Force, sectorial heads in districts) and CBSS (Community Based support system, RENEW volunteers through horizontal engagement) have been volunteering in the community in combatting health and social issues like HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights, Domestic violence with or without Govt. support.
  9. Involving local government and community in promoting healthy practices, developing health promoting display materials around the health issues and observing health days like world AIDS day, International women’s day etc.


Sub-Theme 4: People centered health care – multidisciplinary approach

  1. Diverse perspectives to illustrate a topic, theme or issue from all professional background
  3. Community approach to healthcare
  4. Integrated approach with Allopathic, traditional medicine and local healer etc.
  5. Palliative care
  6. Rehabilitation
  7. Care for people with disability in primary health care


Sub-Theme 5: Voices of PHC workers

  1. Project that has made health impact at the community
  2. Innovation in work environment and service delivery in primary care.
  3. Opportunities and challenges in primary care.
  4. Life changing experiences from primary care centers.


Sub-Theme 6: Innovative health policies and systems

  1. Innovative or transformative health policy intervention including remodeling or reorganization of structure undertaken in primary health care management, administration, etc.
  2. Transformative health intervention strategies undertaken to improve or strengthen primary health care (all areas of primary health care)
  3. Pilot or community based case studies undertaken to transform primary health care services, etc. such as PEN HEARTS approach to NCDs
  4. Innovative and sustainable financing for universal health coverage
  5. Innovative and sustainable health workforce development for universal health coverage
  6. Ensuring service delivery including procurement system in primary health care
  7. Making every population and patients count in innovative health care information system


 Sub-Theme 7: Role of Innovative technology in PHC

  1. Application of digital technologies (mobile health, electronic health, etc.) to improve or strengthen primary health care
  2. Application of Big data or AI in primary health care areas (surveillance, NCDs, CVD risk prediction, etc.)
  3. Predictive computer simulation modelling studies in NCDs, infectious diseases, vaccines, etc.
  4. Make disability to ability by innovative technologies
  5. Low-cost essential medical devices with using technologies for universal health coverage


Sub-Theme 8: Mother and Child Health

To leave no mother and child behind, make Universal Health Coverage real in the society at large and generations to come.

  1. Hot topics in public health interventions for mothers and children in primary health care
  2. Effective interventions during 1000 golden days -to invest from the conception to the child age of 2 years
  3. School health, preconception and adolescent health in primary health care
  4. Sexual health in primary health care
  5. Primary health care for women and children with special health care needs 

Pre-Conference Workshop

General Information:

Date 23 – 25 October 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Venue Convention Centre (Royal University of Bhutan),
Lower Motithang, Thimphu, Bhutan
 Language English and Dzongkha
Contact Person
Dr. Neyzang Wangmo,
Email :
Phone No: +975-17333510
Mr. Tashi Norbu,
Phone No: +975-77109559
Abstract The Scientific Committee reviews the submitted abstracts. The outcome of the selection will be notified accordingly. Abstracts must be submitted online
Letter of Invitation A formal letter of invitation will be issued to registered delegates by the Secretariat.
Certificate of participation A certificate of attendance will be issued to all.

 Guidelines for Oral and Poster Presentation Presentation Guidelines:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th August, 2019 (Closed)
  • Upload CV using the sample format – click to download format
  • Font Size: 12
  • Font Style: Times New Roman
Oral presentation Poster Presentation
  • Abstract word limit: 250 words.
  • Abstract should contain:
    • Introduction
    • Aims and objectives
    • Methodology
    • Result
    • Conclusion
  • Size of the poster:– 120 * 80 cm (Portrait)
  • Abstract word limit: 250 words.
  • Abstract should contain:
    • Introduction
    • Aims and objectives
    • Methodology
    • Result
    • Conclusion

Abstract submission closed

                  Abstract submission closed

 Check the flyer for registration fees.

*** For international Participants, visa fee (Nu. 2500)  and transfer charge applicable.


Registration closed


Note: Please keep a copy of the deposit slip as proof of payment and also upload it in the registration form. You will be asked to produce it during the conference on 26th and 27th October, 2019.

Please use the following information for payment of the conference fees:
International Participants:
Thimphu Branch: BHUBBTBT
# To transfer money to Bhutan from any place outside Bhutan, please request your banker to remit as under:
For USD remittance
·Beneficiary Bank:
Bank of Bhutan Ltd.,
Thimphu Main Branch,
Receiver’s Correspondent Bank:
Standard Chartered Bank,
One Madison Avenue,
New York, N.Y.10010-3603
Account No. 3582036853001
Swift code: SCBLUS33
Ultimate Beneficiary:
1.Account No: 100891694
2.Beneficiary Name: Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan
3.BOBL Branch Name: Thimphu Main Branch
Bhutanese Participants:
Deposit the conference registration fee to:
Account No: 100891694
Beneficiary Name: Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan
BOBL, Thimphu Main Branch

 Convention Centre,
Lower Motithang, Thimphu, Bhutan

Country in Asia
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a land of monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are a destination for serious trekkers. Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, a sacred site, clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

Capital: Thimphu
King: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Population: 753,947 (2013) World Bank
Prime minister: Lyonchen Dr. Lotey Tshering
Currencies: Bhutanese Ngultrum
To know more about Bhutan visit following links:
Tourism Council of Bhutan
National Statistics Bureau


  1.  SAARC Countries: visa on arrival
  2.  Non-SAARC Countries: Need to process. Click here to download the visa application form.

Entry to Bhutan:
By Air:
1. Bagdora
2. Bangkok
3. Dhaka
4. Delhi
5. Gaya
6. Kathmandu
7. Kolkatta
8. Mumbai
9. Singapore

Airlines: Bhutan Airlines, Drukair

By road:
1. Via Silliguri – Phuntsholing, Bhutan
2. Via Guwahati – Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan

*** Visa and route permit is processed only during working days.

*October is full of festivals therefore the ticket price will be high. So you are advised to book your tickets early.
Weather: October in Bhutan is cold. Therefore your are advised to pack warm cloths
Visit below link to know more detail about the weather in Bhutan

Currency: Ngultrum (1 USD=Nu. 70.65 as of 15/03/2019)
Food: All kinds of cuisines available

Emergency numbers
Call 112 for health and 113 for police

visit following links to know more
Tourism Council of Bhutan
National Statistics Bureau

For Visa and ticketing queries please contact:
Mr. Cheku Wangchuk
Email id:
Phone No: +97577431073

Please note that the participants will have to bear their own travel, boarding and lodging expenses. However, the organizers will be able to provide a list of hotels upon request. For hotel bookings please check the link provided by Tourism Council of Bhutan.

For details please contact:
Mr. Sonam Norbu
Mobile No: +97517307830

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