Eye on Tibet: Village doctor of nomad camps

In China, one village doctor usually has to take care of an entire village. The doctor is the general practitioner, the nurse, the ambulance and sometimes, even the midwife. He is on call 24/7 but doesn’t belong to the official healthcare system, and his income is limited to farming and a small government subsidy. In the Tibet Autonomous Region, where nomad families live far from each other, treating patients can often be difficult. 37-year-old Thubdoi Namgyal has been riding on this grassland for 20 years. Let’s take a look at his story.

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