Champion of Social Causes

Champion of Social Causes

Upon being crowned as the Queen of Bhutan, Jetsun Pema remains very down to earth and humble. She has accompanied King Jigme Khesar on various official visits abroad as well as to remote parts of the country and is often seen interacting with the locals. 

Aside from assisting King Jigme Khesar in his royal duties, Queen Jetsun Pema is also a champion of various social causes in the country. She is the president of the Bhutan Red Cross Society and the United Nations Environment Program Ozone Ambassador. She is also the Royal Patron of the environment agencies such as National Environment Commission, Royal Society for Protection of Nature and Clean Bhutan as well as other government and non-government agencies that focuses on conservation, waste management, and other environmental matters.

The well loved Queen is also an advocate for persons with disabilities where she works closely with the government, schools, and NGOs that provide services to enable persons with disabilities to enhance their lives. Apart from that, she also ensures that children have access to better healthcare and education. Queen Jetsun Pema is the Royal Patron of the Bhutan Kidney Foundation. 

The social welfare projects that she supports are administered through the Queen's Project such as One Gewog One Product (OGOP) project which helps farmers to boost their income by supporting the production, packaging and marketing of the local produce by the rural communities.

In 2015, there was also a 150-bedded women and child hospital, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital built in honour of Queen Jetsun Pema. The hospital in Thimphu will cater to all maternal related health services. Additionally, Her Majesty also initiated the first Epidural Labour Analgesia Services in Bhutan for women who would like to opt for some pain relief during labour. 

During the March 2024 State Visit, PM Narendra Modi, along with PM Tshering Tobgay, inaugurated the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck Mother and Child Hospital (GJPMCH) in Thimphu. The fully-funded 150-bedded hospital aims to enhance healthcare infrastructure in Bhutan.

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This state-of-the-art facility, dedicated to the esteemed Her Majesty the Queen Jetsun Pema, signifies a leap forward in redefining standards for maternal and child healthcare not only within Bhutan but also across the region, with its pioneering facilities and comprehensive services poised to make a tangible difference in countless lives.

The auspicious groundbreaking ceremony, graced by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen herself, underscored the monumental significance of this endeavor in bolstering healthcare accessibility and quality throughout Bhutan.

On Apr 22 - Apr 23, in conjunction with Earth Day 2024, Bhutan's Royal Government hosted the Sustainable Finance for Tiger Landscapes Conference under the royal patronage of Her Majesty The Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.

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This young queen is undoubtedly a positive role model and influence for women in Bhutan.