20 February 2019

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

2018

Commitment Progress

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (BTCF) continues to commit to reducing mortality rates while increasing the quality of life among women and children. In 2018, BTCF volunteers across 98 countries worked to provide direct assistance to the most vulnerable women and girls through the missions of charity, medicine, education and humanistic culture. Recognizing that a holistic approach is needed in order to empower women and girls to lead a life of dignity, BTCF’s interventions focus on the provision of direct healthcare services, education, and vocational training; and on the monitoring and tracking of patients’ data for greater accountability.

In 2018, BTCF, through the combined efforts of Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) and BTCF’s national offices, has exceeded its commitment of providing a total USD $3,000,000 in non-financial assistance towards the provision of healthcare services, education, and trainings as related to health and medicine, WASH, and food and nutrition, delivering critical medical services and empowerment practices to over 760,000 women and girls in need.

Moving forward, BTCF will continue to implement gender sensitive health, education, WASH and vocational training programs for at-risk communities, as ensuring that women and girls have equal opportunities to access such services not only benefits the individual served, but the community as well; creating virtuous cycles in which women and girls are empowered and can meaningfully contribute to the strengthening of their community’s collective well-being. Additionally, as an ongoing effort to reduce risk before and following disasters, BTCF will continue to provide humanitarian relief and development around the globe, reaching out to those at risk of being left behind to ensure that the livelihoods of women and girls are protected and their futures bright.

2017

Commitment Progress

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation commits to reducing mortality rates while increasing the quality of life among women and children through the provision of direct healthcare services, education, and training; and to the monitoring and tracking of patients/clients data for greater accountability. From the period of January 2016 to December 2030, the Tzu Chi has and will continue to implement health clinics in villages and communities in Haiti, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. while trained commissioners conduct home visits to identify patients and provide health and sex education and training in a culturally appropriate manner, while simultaneously providing food and cash assistance, as well as education. Since 2015 BTCF has engaged in humanitarian aid, relief, and development around the glove, from refugee camps to indigent rural and urban communities, implementing medical health clinics, static and mobile, and programs that support education and livelihood for women, children, and adolescents. In Thailand, with the support of the USG, BTCF implements health clinics that provide urban refugees and asylum-seekers with free health care and health education. In Malaysia, BTCF’s UNHCR supported programs provide urban refugees and asylum-seekers with clinical health care, literacy and numeracy education, and livelihood support through cash-based assistance and vocational training. Similarly, in Turkey, BTCF implements health clinics and schools for Syrian refugees, schools and health clinics that are led and operated by Syrian refugees themselves. Within the education sector, aside from the programs for refugees and asylum-seekers in humanitarian settings, BTCF also implements schools in North and Central America, as well as the Caribbeans; these schools provide students with standardized formal education.

2015

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation commits to reducing mortality rates while increasing the quality of life among women and children through the provision of direct healthcare services, education, and training; and to the monitoring and tracking of patients/clients data for greater accountability. From the period of January 2016 to December 2030, the Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) will implement bi-annual health screening and immunizations clinics in villages and communities in Haiti, South Africa, and Vietnam, while trained commissioners conduct home visits to identify patients and provide health and sex education and training in a culturally appropriate manner.

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation commits a total USD $3,000,000 to this effort towards the provision of healthcare services, education, and training as related to health and medicine, WASH, and food and nutrition. It is through direct provision of health screenings and immunizations by TIMA compounded with home visits by certified Tzu Chi commissioners living in region, who provide health education and training—WASH, sexual health education, breastfeeding—that helps leverage the need for women to have family planning, as well as the need to prevent death during pregnancy and childbirth and from communicable, non-communicable diseases, and cancers related to reproductive health.

Commitment Progress

1. Encouraged 3 countries (more than 900 women) to support the healthy plant base diet movement.

2. Encouraged more than 300 youth to support the environmental movement through our monthly recycling project.
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