Charity is the best form of prayer
Charity sees the need, not the cause
We only have what we give
The year 2017 marks Lhak-Sam’s seven years of commitment and successful contribution to the goals of health, wellbeing, equity, compassion and happiness to the nation and in the region. Recognizing its work, His Majesty the King, awarded Lhak-Sam (altruism) with the National Order of Merit in GOLD in 2016. In 2004 His Majesty the Fourth King issued an edict which called for people’s compassion, shared concern and joint responsibilities. It was further cohered by His Holiness the Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck when five members of Lhak-Sam publicly disclosed their HIV status in 2011. The initiatives that we have been taking have become well known in the community for bringing the grassroots issues to the centre of discussions, including among the policy makers.
In the past, positive people were completely isolated and dependent entirely on few health workers to discuss their problems. Prejudice and discrimination was high and being a small country and population, nearly everybody knew each other, which makes knowing and disclosing ones HIV status a fearful thing.
Lhak-Sam (BNP+) has been constantly making an effort to bridge the gap of unknown HIV & AIDS status among Bhutanese society. In 2017, 47 new cases of HIV has been detected in Bhutan, increasing the national HIV & AIDS count from 523 to 570. This 8% increase in the population of 700,000 is a major concern and unidentified cases could trigger rapid increase in the population of people living with HIV & AIDS in Bhutan.
ERADICATE HIV EPIDEMIC BY 2030
Lhak-Sam (BNP+) stands to stop the spread of HIV in Bhutan by 2030. Join Lhak-Sam in spreading awareness among your friends and families. We aim to stop the HIV & AIDS epidemic in Bhutan by 2030 by enabling proper medical and social welfare for people living with HIV & AIDS in Bhutan. Encouraging isolated HIV infected individual to overcome fear of stigma and discrimination and provide access to proper counseling as well as medical care.
Provide comprehensive interventions such as condom promotion, communication through peer, community outreach, referral for counseling and testing, and STI management and promote and provide counseling for ethical partner notification.
Becky Rand Director
Plan, design and disseminate social messages on HIV prevention for general and high-risk population (FSW, MSM, DU/IDU and TG) and encourage voluntary disclosure of positive HIV status to care giver including health care provider.
Linux Wlis C.E.O
Continue to conduct HIV prevention awareness campaigns through outreach and advocacy in the institutions, community level and develop HIV prevention advocacy guidelines and manuals.