15th Nepal Public Health Foundation Lecture Series

NPHF has been organizing annual public health lectures since its inception. The lecture series serves as a significant platform for renowned individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field to share their life experiences, thoughts, and aspirations.
This year, we are honored to have Dr. Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, WHO Representative to Nepal to will share his valuable insights titled Lagging Investment in Public Health: ‘Health for All’ Remains an Elusive Goal.
Event Date: 30th June, 2024

One Year anniversary of the global helath network nepal centre

Today marks the first anniversary of a significant milestone for Nepal Public Health Foundation. On June 14, 2023, The Global Health Network (TGHN), based in Oxford and a WHO collaborating centre, partnered with the Nepal Public Health Foundation (NPHF) to establish The Global Health Network Nepal Centre.
The Centre, hosted by the Nepal Public Health Foundation, was inaugurated with a seminar titled “Building Research Capacity through Networks.” This event marked the beginning of a dedicated effort to enhance research capabilities in diverse healthcare settings across Nepal and beyond. Since its establishment, The Global Health Network Nepal Centre has been committed to fostering knowledge sharing and networking among healthcare professionals, researchers, and institutions. On this day, we celebrate a year of progress and dedication to advancing global health research.

Review and Evaluation Program with Agriculture Cooperatives

Review and Evaluation Program with Agriculture Cooperatives was conducted on 16th May 2024. Attendees included the Chief of DCC Chitwan, representatives from Agriculture Development Office Chitwan, and Agriculture Chiefs from Ratnanagar, Kalika, and Madi, along with representative from agricultural cooperatives.
The objectives of the program were to exchange experiences, challenges, and expectations among cooperatives and groups operating farmer field schools, and to evaluate the level of involvement and participation of cooperatives in IPM (Integrated Pest Management) farmer field schools.
Additionally, the program aimed to collect feedback from agricultural experts on the effectiveness of these schools in enhancing cooperative capacities and addressing agricultural challenges, and to discuss the potential role and programs that cooperatives could undertake for pesticide reduction in the future.

Meetings held at Lumbini Province to discuss the vision for reducing the maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rate (MNMR) through a digitalized approach

Series of meetings were held at Lumbini Province to discuss the vision for reducing the maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rate (MNMR) through a digitalized approach in the region considering the high maternal mortality rate there.

The recent pilot study conducted by the Nepal Public Health Foundation in Dapcha Ward-9, Namobuddha Municipality, was used as an exampler for the vision. Key findings from the study were shared, and future plans to extend the study to Kapilvastu district, Lumbini Province, were highlighted.

Future efforts will now be directed towards uncovering the root causes of maternal deaths in the region, with collaboration with key governmental bodies at Lumbini Province.

Collaborative meeting between Nepal Public Health Foundation, Ministry of Health and Population, and Nepal Health Research Council

A collaborative meeting was held between Nepal Public Health Foundation, Ministry of Health and Population, and Nepal Health Research Council. Discussions centred around the recent pilot study that was conducted by Nepal Public Health Foundation to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality at Dapcha Ward-9, Namobuddha Municipality. Key findings were shared along with the future plans to conduct the study in Kapilvastu district, Lumbini Province considering the high Maternal mortality there. Efforts will be now directed to uncover the root causes of maternal deaths in the region, with collaboration between key organizations being a key focus.

Capacity Building and Career Development

Nepal Public Health Foundation hosted a remarkable 2-day program on ‘Capacity Building and Career Development’ for Farming Health and Environment Nepal (FHEN) staffs at Green Valley Resort, Budanilkantha, on April 20th and 21st, 2024. Insightful sessions were facilitated covering topics like manuscript writing, grant/proposal writing, stress management, and tax-related matters.

A visit to Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences, Hetauda, Makwanpur district

A meeting was held between Nepal Public Health foundation (NPHF) and Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences on 16th April, 2024 in Hetauda, Makwanpur District where solidifying collaboration between the Nepal Public Health Foundation (NPHF) and Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences was discussed.
In addition to the meeting, there was an insightful visit to the research center of the Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences and the Madan Bhandari Memorial College of Bachelor in Public Health.

Discussion Meeting on MMR and NMR of Bagmati Province with Ministry of Health, Bagmati Province

A discussion meeting was conducted on 16th April, 2024 with the Health Ministry of Bagmati Province in Hetauda in presence of Hon’able Health Minister Rameshwor Shrestha, Secretary of Health Ministry Mr. Badri Bahadur Khadka, Sr. Health Administrator Dr. Khageshwor Gelal core members of Madan Bhandari Academy of Health Sciences and other concerned officials of Health Ministry of Bagmati Province to discuss the situation of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of Bagmati Province.

Discussion on Global and Nepal’s Clinical Trial Landscape with Dr. Vasee Moorthy, Senior Advisor, Research and Development WHO Geneva

Nepal Public Health Foundation hosted a Breakfast Meeting with Dr. Vasee Moorthy, Senior Advisor of Research and Development, WHO Headquarters Geneva along with other participants from the National Health Research Council, the Institute of Medicine, Ministry of Health and Population, and Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Nepal with the discussions centered around the global and Nepalese clinical trial landscape.
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The discussion highlighted the significance of raising awareness about clinical trials, particularly from local perspectives. Key points covered included the availability of guidelines to ensure ethical conduct during trials, building capacity for trial execution, and the support provided by WHO for clinical trials in Nepal. Various clinical trials, notably those related to COVID-19, conducted by NHRC and other organizations were presented. Additionally, the resources available in Nepal, such as technical experts and medical personnel, were showcased, along with discussions on collaboration models like those employed by OUCRU.
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The importance of prioritizing focus areas to secure government attention, addressing public skepticism towards research findings, and the procedures for formulating policy and protocols for trials were also discussed. Furthermore, insights from a pilot study in Dapcha titled “Reducing MMR and NMR in an eco-ethnographically diverse province of Nepal through an engaged digitalized comprehensive continuum of care” were shared.

Discussion Meeting on pesticide related policies with Agriculture Minister of Bagmati Province

Nepal Public Health Foundation had a productive discussion with Dr. Rajendra Man Shrestha, the distinguished Agriculture Minister of Bagmati Province on 12th April, 2024 with the purpose of enhancing pesticide minimization policies and promoting the adoption of organic practices.

Discussion about pilot study in Namobuddha Municipality

Nepal Public Health Foundation (NPHF) hosted a discussion meeting in presence of the Mayor of Namobuddha municipality Mr. Kunsang Lama and other concerned officials and stakeholders on 5th April, 2024, to present findings from the pilot study conducted in Ward No. 9, Dapcha of Namobuddha Municipality to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths.