Religion und Gesundheit in Bhutan
Under the first collaboration (Contract Nr. 2005-00-1998 - Religion and Health Project) between UNICEF and the Austrian Development Cooperation from 1998 through 2004, a number of water and sanitation schemes have been established in religious institutions.
This proposed second Religion and Health project will assist in improving water and sanitation facilities in additional 5 Monastic Institutions. In addition it will improve dormitory facilities for young monks in three Mmnastic institutions. The Project aims to increase the access to water and sanitation (currently only 67% of religious institutions covered); enhance use and maintenance through operation and maintenance workshops and ensure that all water supply schemes have trained and functioning water caretakers and maintenance committees. The project will promote health and hygiene, child protection and HIV/AIDS; strengthen the ability of religious practitioners to offer support and counseling to those affected by HIV/AIDS and ensure that children (young monks) living in monastic institutions are protected from physical and sexual abuse and exploitation.
A needs assessment for adequate supply of water and sanitation in Punakha and Trongsa Rabdeys will be undertaken and necessary action will be taken based on these findings. A series of training on health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS and child protection issues - both at the institutional and community level - will be organized to cover at least three Geogs (Blocks) and two monastic institutions. Refresher courses will also be conducted. The other important area is to inculcate the sense of ownership and ensure continued functioning of facilities through operation and maintenance Workshops and caretakers training.