Tue. Jan 28th, 2020

Partnership between Ministry of Health and Essilor International to Eradicate Poor Vision in Bhutan

The Ministry of Health (MoH) and Essilor International launched a partnership to provide quality eye care services in the country with an objective to eradicate poor vision. This partnership has been possible due to the guidance of Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck.

Essilor will be providing 400,000 pair of eye glasses for free to the MoH which will be distributed to all Bhutanese citizens in need. In addition, Essilor will also help in strengthening the capacity of health professionals on vision care through the help of Essilors globally successful training programmes and tools. Research studies related to eye care and providing eye equipment to the hospitals in the country are also key areas of support. Advocacy and awareness program on eye care will also be supported.

To carry out the partnership, a ‘Letter of Intent’ (LoI) will was signed between the MoH and Essilor on 7th December 2018 at Main Conference Hall of the MoH from 1.30 PM to 2.30 PM.

The LoI was signed between Dr. Ugen Dophu, Secretary, MoH, RGoB and Mr. Hubert Sagnieres, Chairman and CEO of Essilor International in presence of Hon’ble Health Minister Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo.

During the same event, Essilor International will also signed a LoI with the Zhung Dratshang (Central Monastic Body) for collaboration in eye care.

Media houses are cordially invited to the event. The following official is available for queries and clarification both during the event or any other time before and after the event:


Mr. Karma Tenzin

Department of Medical Services

Ministry of Health

Mobile: 17514263

Email: ktenzin@health.gov.bt