JICA TCP Institutional Capacity Building for Eliminating Helicobacter Pylori Related Death

The University is conducting a collaborative project with Oita University titled “Institutional Capacity Building for Eliminating Helicobacter Pylori-related gastric cancer deaths” funded by SATREP and AMED Grant. These grants were secured by the Oita University and KGUMSB by submitting a joining proposal and through a competitive process.

Overall Goal:
The main objectives of the project are to

  • develop in-house laboratory diagnostic capacity for Helicobacter Wloli (H. pylori) including detection of drug resistant organisms at RCDC
  • train Bhutanese endoscopists on detection of early gastric cancer
  • study the drug resistant patterns of Hpylori
  • study the association between compliance to therapy through education and awareness of community and health assistants on treatment regime versus no education and awareness
JICA Technical Cooperation Project titled “Strengthening Medical Education in the Country” initiated in the 2020

Overall Goal:

Quality of medical education is enhanced to provide health human resources to deliver sustainable health services in Bhutan

Capacity of KGUMSB to provide medical education and research on health policy is enhanced in sustainable way


  1. Output 1: Research and educational capacities of teachers for medical education are strengthened
  2. Output 2: The supportive environment for medical education in Bhutan is enhanced
  3. Output 3: The governance of medical education in Bhutan is improved
Leishmaniasis Project

Epidemiology and Transmission of Leishmaniasis donovani infections in Sri Lanka and Bhutan Epidemiology study:
Identify risk factors and transmission dynamic of Leishmaniasis (individual, household and village level risk factors) – case control study
Molecular characterization of organism

Entomology study:
Dissect the role and properties of vector and its environment that are important in infection transmission and control
Vector presence and seasonal variation in vector abundance
Geographical and climatic factors influencing sand flies dynamics –
Molecular characterization of sand flies

Gastric Cancer Pilot Study – Dawakha

A community-based collaborative study for eradication of Helicobacter pylori and associated gastric cancer in Bhutan


  • Estimate the prevalence of H. pylori infection using suitable diagnostic tools in a population living in Dawakha BHU catchment area.
  • Eradicate the H. pylori infection in the community.
  • Estimate the prevalence of atrophic gastritis among H. pylori positive cases using serum pepsinogen test in a community.
  • Determining the prevalence of gastric cancer among risk-group identified H. pylori and pepsinogen positive using endoscopy in the community.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of treatment using recommended clarithromycin triple therapy.
  • Determine resistance pattern to the triple therapy and conduct characterization of H. pylori
Mobile-phone based electroencephalography (mEEG) to improve outcomes of people with epilepsy in Bhutan

To implement a smartphone-based EEG for people with epilepsy (PWE) in Bhutan in order to demonstrate the clinical and research implications of the smartphone EEG for epilepsy characterization, epilepsy case management, and general capacity building of an established team of non-neurologist health care workers to provide epilepsy investigation using smartphones

Strengthening imported food control system and Pilot Testing Food Safety Indicators
Forth coming Project
  1. COVID Vaccine Study Project
  2. Gastric Cancer follow up project – GACD (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases) funded by Japanese Agency for Medical Research and Development
  3. Gastric Cancer follow up project – SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) grant
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