Kashin- Beck disease prevention, nutritional and sanitary interventions among Tibetan population.

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Social mission

Setting up of sustainable solutions in order to prevent Kashin-Beck disease and protect next generations, improving the nutritional status and organize grassroots trainings on health and hygiene to meet at larger scale Tibetan population needs.

What does the Kashin-Beck Disease Fund do?

  • The project started in Tibet with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) en 1992. En 2002, l’asbl Kashin-Beck Disease Fund was created in order to continue the project.

  • Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) Itself, also called “Big Bone Disease”, is a neglected disease that destroys cartilages, causes stunted growth, chronical pain and joint deformities. Some of the risk factors has already been identified: multi-vitamins and nutrients deficiency and fungal contamination of grains.

  • During 15 years, the organization has been working in more than 100 Tibetan villages with around 25,000 people including 5,000 children. Unfortunately, the project had to close down in June 2017, because of the non-renewal of the agreement with the sanitary authorities of Tibet Autonomous Region (consequence of the release of a new law about foreign charities).

  • Nevertheless, the team decided not to give up and to relocate its activities to areas where KBD was described before, namely the provinces of Qinghai and Sichuan both located on the Tibetan Plateau. The pilot phase of a new project was then launched in close collaboration with new local partners in September 2017:

    • Food diversification: fresh and diversified vegetable certainly influence the nutritional status of Tibetan children and improve health on a longer term. To achieve this, KBD Fund, together with its local partners, builds greenhouses to grow fresh vegetable all year long and then to improve children diet.

    • Health and hygiene promotion: the population of the Tibetan Plateau is mainly farmers and nomads. Very often, they are poor, sometimes illiterate and, in general, have little knowledge of basic healthcare and hygiene. Educative programs to improve this knowledge are implemented together with distribution of some basic hygiene products. Of course, topics linked with food diversification are included and the importance of diversified diet for children is underlined.

  • Future perspectives: in December 2017, KBDF Fund team will leave to this region to evaluate the pilot phase. Depending of the results, the team will adjust the activities to be able to implement them on a larger scale later on.

How can you help?

Financial support for:

  • Greenhouse construction: 500€/greenhouse
  • Hygiene and health promotion: 2600€/session/200 participants (13€/person)

 Volunteers in Belgium for:

  • Support for events

  • Fundraising

  • Translations: french-dutch, english-chinese


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