In 2004, The Juniper Trust agreed to donate £10,000 to support the Jaka clinic in Tibet as part of a tuberculosis program in Chamdo prefecture. The money was spent on equipment, both western and traditional medicines, and salaries to start the clinic. The clinic needed a centrifuge, cool boxes, a stethoscope, an otoscope, an ophthalmoscope, small portable x-ray machines for TB and trauma, examination beds, shelves, 3 years’ salary for one allopathic doctor, 2 traditional Tibetan doctors, and a Tibetan health assistant.
The clinic was operational for several years, but unfortunately, Terma could never complete the plan as the excellent doctor who was in charge of starting and running it suddenly lost his authorization from the local authority. This is a usual and frustrating situation in that part of the world. However, the Jaka clinic was part of a whole tuberculosis program in Chamdo prefecture, and the rest of the program was carried on successfully. The grant from the Juniper Trust was relocated to equip and train over 33 community doctors there, including the one from Jaka. Each county received a portable X-ray machine, x-ray film, TB medicines, and general medicines for their clinic. Together with this program, they treated over 3000 TB patients in that remote and isolated region.