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The Terma Foundation

The Terma Foundation is an international humanitarian medical organization that develops integrated health programs to educate, research, treat and prevent illness in vulnerable communities. Founded in 1993, Terma operates in Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region, China), Mexico, Myanmar, and Brazil and has reached over 1.5 million beneficiaries to date.

Our mission

To provide innovative and sustainable health solutions for excluded populations, particularly indigenous peoples and marginalized communities.

Our values

To co-create and implement culturally-sensitive programs with grassroots partners and local health infrastructure which utilize appropriate technology while honoring traditional wisdom and world view.

Our objectives

  • Education
    To educate and train healthcare professionals and community members in culturally appropriate methods for reducing health risks and incidence of disease.
  • Research
    To research and develop solutions to health care problems using both traditional Tibetan and western knowledge and practices.
  • Treatment
    To provide diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to Tibetans in partnership with national and local authorities, healthcare professionals, and traditional elders.

Our programs

woman with harvest of plants

Child Feeding and Indigenous Food Development

health education class

Health Education and Primary Care Delivery

man suffering from TB

Tuberculosis Prevention and Control

mother and child

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Prenatal & Postnatal Care

infant sunbathing for rickets prevention

Rickets Education and Prevention

Traditional Tibetan Medicine

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