The special BHTF lottery draw was held on February 5th, 2018 coinciding with the birth anniversary of the Gyalsay. BHTF was able to collect about Nu. 29 million in profit after deducting prize money and expenses.
A Commemoration of the Move for Health Walk was conducted on 1st and 2nd October 2016 at Thimphu with a marathon and other health-related activities.
The Annual Health Walk 2015 and Launching BHTF’s financing of Essential Drugs and Vaccines is a special tribute to His Majesty, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck during the 60th Birth Anniversary. His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo bestowed the Royal Charter to establish BHTF in 2000 to ensure free healthcare in a sustainable manner. Today we are enjoying the fruits of the initiative, therefore we dedicate the success of BHTF to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
The year 2015 was a landmark moment for BHTF as it marked the beginning of BHTF's financing of essential drugs. Moreover, it was a year that commemorated the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who championed the idea of providing Free Primary Healthcare for the people of Bhutan for all times to come.
The 2014 Move for Health was held on 11th October with the walk being led by His Excellency the Prime Minister and the Hon’ble Health Minister. Many enthusiastic participants joined the Prime Minister as the walk resumed in the early morning starting from the Khasadrapchu School, Thimphu.
After a long hiatus in the Move for Health Walk, the event was revived in 2013 by Health Minister, Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk. The walk was of a shorter version in comparison to the previous one.
This momentous event was proposed by Bhutan’s Health and Education Minister Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup to raise awareness about a healthy lifestyle and to raise funds for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund. Hence, in September 2002, the Lyonpo accompanied by his six companions started the arduous 560 km walk for 16 days across the kingdom from east to west following the ancient mule trails. His trek through this physically challenging terrain, thick jungle and the unforgiving climate was able to garner both domestic and international support. The walk raised close to USD 2 million.