The Ministry of Health, Mott MacDonald and Gross National Happiness Commission signed the Grant Agreement on Fleming Fund Country Grant on 1st March 2019.
The Fleming Fund Grants Programme funded by the UK Department of Health provides financial support to strengthen capacity gaps identified in the National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance of the participating countries. Support is provided via three funding channels, over a five-year period from 2017 to 2021:
- Country Grants – to support the implementation of national action plans for AMR
- Fleming Fellowship Scheme – AMR Laboratory, AMR Surveillance and Antimicrobial Usage/Consumption
- Regional Grants – supporting regional approaches to data sharing, use and response to AMR
Seven Fleming Fellowships have been selected under various positions:
- AMR Surveillance HH – Mr. Tshering Dorji (Deputy Chief Laboratory Officer at the Royal Center for Disease Control)
- AMR Laboratory HH- Mr. Kinley Wangchuk (Officer In Charge of the Microbiology Unit of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the National Referral Hospital)
- AMC Surveillance HH- Mr. Thupten Tshering (Head of the Pharmacy Department at the National Referral Hospital)
- AMU Surveillance HH- Dr. Pem Chuki (Antimicrobial Stewardship Coordinator in the National Referral Hospital)
- AMR Surveillance AH – Dr. Ugyen Namgyel (Senior Veterinary Officer within the Animal Health Unit of a Regional Livestock Development Centre)
- AMR Laboratory AH- Ms. Puspa Maya Sharma (Unit Head of the Bacteriology and Molecular Biology, and Biosafety and Biosecurity Sections at the National Veterinary Laboratory)
- AMC/U Surveillance AH Dr. Pema Tshewang, Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, National Veterinary Hospital, Motithang
The Fleming Fellowship Scheme provides continuing professional development and leadership training opportunities for relevant fellows. Seven Fleming Fellowships have been selected from Bhutan whereby four are for human health.
Three Beneficiary Institutes 1) Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, 2) Royal Center for Disease Control and 3) National Center for Animal Health were identified.
The Fellowship Planning Workshop had been carried out by the host Institutes (Peter Doherty Institute and Asia Pacific Institute under University of Melbourne) for the fellows from Animal and Human Health from 1st-2nd March 2019 at Thimphu.