Friends of Tibetan Delek Hospital

Friends of Tibetan Delek Hospital

Dear Friends,

In the midst of violent storms or rolling blackouts of Dharamsala India, the world goes dark in the Tibetan Delek Hospital. No backup generator kicks in, but rather a mad scramble ensues to care for those delivering a baby, in the midst of surgery or who require personal attention to survive. We can’t imagine such a scenario in our hospitals, but it is a sad and often repeated and absolutely avoidable situation in Dharamsala. That is our reason for writing you today.

A small and committed group of individuals has formed Friends of Tibetan Delek Hospital with the purpose of providing urgent and important support of this hospital under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We seek to inspire gifts to sustain and advance the care provided at Delek Hospital.

Our initial goal is to raise slightly more than $200,000 (see our Needs List) to insure vital emergency services are guaranteed the patients of Delek Hospital. This involves the purchase and maintenance of a new generator and the replacement of an unreliable and unserviceable ambulance, among several other priorities listed with this letter. With this initial goal achieved and the situation stabilized, we will apply for international grants targeting TB prevention and treatment, maternal and child care needs, and programs to combat diarrheal diseases.

The Tibet Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has offered, pro bono, to receive and distribute contributions to Delek Hospital. More information can be found at The Tibet Fund Page. Information about the Tibetan Delek Hospital campaign can also be found within this website, or by calling (608) 835-2222.

We ask that you be as generous as possible, to give of your abundance, as the needs of Delek Hospital patients are considerable and urgent. We shall apprise all benefactors of our progress toward our initial goal. Thank you.


Wishing you a peace-filled and purposeful 2009.

Zorba Paster, MD
Professor of Family Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Mehmet Oz, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
New York Presbyterian
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D
William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Erin L. Olivo, Ph.D., MPH
Director, Columbia Integrative Medicine Program
Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Ex Officio Members

Dawa Phunkyi
Chief Executive Officer
Tibetan Delek Hospital

Tsetan Sadutshang, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Tibetan Delek Hospital

Tashi Wangdi
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Rinchen Dharlo
The Tibet Fund


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