Taking into account the well-being of the people in general and women and children in particular and above all, the sustainability of Primary Health Care led to the initiation of the Bhutan Health Trust Fund (Trust Fund) sometime during 1997. It was formally launched on 12 May 1998 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva.
For more than 2 decades, BHTF has been supporting the funding of essential drugs and vaccines within the country as part of the Royal Government of Bhutan’s initiative to provide free healthcare for all of its citizens. Each year with rising costs of the essential drugs and vaccines coupled with the increase in noncommunicable diseases within the country, BHTF’s ability to meet this mounting cost of financing essential drugs and vaccines through successful fund mobilization is paramount to BHTF’s sustainability.
Thus, the Fund Mobilization Strategy of BHTF with focus on (a)Accountability (b)Trusteeship (c)Transparency (d)Strong Engagement with Healthcare System and (e)Visibility, provides a strategic guide towards mobilizing fund through innovative fund-raising ideas and also provides crucial insights into how BHTF can maximize the existing resources and address its sustainability issue.