The Government of Bhutan is closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and while 101 cases have been confirmed in Bhutan, all were imported, and no deaths have been reported. While the health impact has so far been limited as compared to many other countries, the economic and social effects are significant. The health sector would be challenged to cope with a major outbreak and a possible stock out of essential health commodities such as drugs, reagents and consumables. An extended period of limited movement of people, goods, and finances will have important consequences for the economy, especially the tourism sector and related service industries. Bhutan is also likely to be negatively affected by any extended economic downturn in its neighbors (especially India).
The UN in Bhutan (FAO, IFAD, ITC, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC, WFP, and WHO) moved quickly and pro-actively to respond to COVID-19. In particular, UN agencies developed a joint response framework aligned with “UN Framework for the Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19” includes both short-term measures to mitigate negative social and economic consequences along with medium- to long-term investments to strengthen the re-build and resilience to future crises.
For more information, please download the sitrep from UN Bhutan COVID-19 sitrep #3 – 30 July 2020
UNDP country office in Thimphu would like to announce the sale of a Toyota Landcruiser with the following details: Vehicle registration no. Date of Purchase Model/ Make Condition 3 CD 10 2006 Toyota Landcruiser (Diesel) Good running condition Interested bidders may send in their bids in a sealed envelope marked as “Bid for […]Read More
To understand ground realities, the UN Resident Coordinator visited three Eastern Dzongkhags, namely Trashigang, Pemagatshel and Samdrup Jongkhar. The dialogue between the RC and stakeholders about key issues will ensure that the 26 UN agencies working in Bhutan responds to the needs of the people. The RC visited projects of UN agencies such as IFAD, […]Read More
This report presents the results of Bhutan’s key population size estimation exercise implemented from 13 November, 2019 to 31 January, 2020. The overarching purpose of the exercise is to provide rigorous data on key populations at risk for HIV in Bhutan to guide prevention and care policies and programs. Objective 1 is to estimate the […]Read More
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