Having the HMF clinics located within monasteries has been beneficial for many reasons.
1. We do not have to spend funds to pay for rent, electricity and water thus saving precious funds for medications and medical supplies.
2. We are able to see monks and nuns early in their illness before they become too sick or spread their illness to others, creating difficult to manage epidemics.
3. Generally, the clinics are easily accessible to the local lay community and help to generate good will between the monasteries and local population.
Each clinic operates weekly on a different schedule.
Benchen Free Clinic Monday-Friday 8-Noon.
Benchen Free Clinic Pharping Twice weekly, 1-4 PM.
Ka-Nying Clinic Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1-4 PM.
Pullahari Clinic Once weekly, 8-Noon.
Osel Ling Clinic Saturdays 8-Noon.
Ngagi Gompa Clinic Twice weekly 8-Noon.
Lhundrup Choeling Clinic Twice weekly 2-4 PM.
Dr. Greg taking BP
Review of Patients Visits
Dr. Greg looking at X-Ray
Severe Ear Infection
New X-Ray Machine
Rad-Tech prepping Patient for X-ray
Rad-Tech preparing Patient for X-Ray
Severe Burn of Right Arm
Lab-Tech at Benchen Clinic
Mingyur Rinpoche check up with Dr. Greg
Impetigo Outbreak in Young Monks
Dr. Greg examining Monk's Throat
Nepali Boy with severely burned Face
Boy with burned face healing
Boy with healed Face after Treatment
Dr. Chhiring collecting Queue Cards
Dr. Chhiring loves his Work
Young Monks with Fungal Scalp Infection
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche BP Check up
Young Monks at Pulahari Gompa
Monks queued for Check up
Dr. Chhiring examining Young Girl with Skin Infectionn
Dr. Greg examining old nun at Nagyi Gompa
Dr. Greg's wife Gisela with Jana Tara at Nagyi Gompa
Tibetan Nurse Tenzin Daton Treating Young Monk
New Health Assistant Bishnu Pokhara
Dr. Greg making house call at Nagyi Gompa
Dr. Ajit Taking BP of Tibetan Man with Hypertension
Dr. Greg and Chhiring discussing Chest X-Ray of TB Patient
Dr. Chhiring examining Child with Ear Infection
Chhiring joyfully driving new HMF car
In 1995 the HMF in collaboration with a group of Polish dentists established a free standing dental facility at the Benchen Free Clinic location. This clinic operated on a part time basis until the year of 2016.
In the beginning of 2016 we welcomed to our staff our first full time dentist, Dr. Karma Dolma Lama, the daughter of Dr. Chhiring Lama. She received her Dentistry Degree in Poland and brings her much needed skills to our permanent dental facility at the Benchen Free Clinic, where she works daily. The HMF purchased a portable dental unit which allows Dr. Karma in the afternoons to visit our other clinics in the various monasteries and nearby villages to provide free dental care to all who need it.
In 2018 her brother Dr. Karma Tashi, also trained in Poland as a dentist, joined the HMF staff and now is in charge of the services that the portable dental unit provides.
Dental Assistant Saru Serchen and Dentist Dr. Dolma
Dr. Dolma filling tooth cavity
Dr. Dolma Treating Patient at Benchen Free Clinic
Dr. Dolma Performing Dental Exam
Dr. Dolma Demonstrating Proper Tooth Brushing Technique
Dr. Dolma filling Tooth Cavity of Monk
Dental Check Up at Community School
Dental Education at Pharping Community School
Dr Karma Tashi with 2 young patients
Dr Karma Tashi operating portable Dental Unit at remote Monastery