Highly Hazardous Pesticide Poisoning – Gathering Requisite Information for Decision-making (HOPE GRID Nepal)

The Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention (CPDP) works in countries where pesticide self-poisoning is a major health problem. The Centre has received two-years of funding from the US charity assessment organisation GiveWell.

The main goals are to identify the most hazardous pesticides used in agriculture through research and provide support to pesticide regulators to regulate their use. Removing highly hazardous pesticides from agriculture will benefit communities by reducing suicide as well as improving environmental and public health.

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Details of CPSP work in Nepal 

General Objective :

a. Identify the pesticides most commonly responsible for suicide in Nepal, work with decision-makers to advance regulation to replace these pesticides in agriculture with less toxic pesticides.

Specific objectives

1) Identify burden of pesticide-related admissions and mortality in Nepalese hospitals.

2) Study the spectrum of pesticides responsible for poisoning-related admissions and deaths.

3) Study the spectrum of pesticides available in the pesticide shops

4) Determine quantity of pesticide deaths in the district from non-hospital data sources.

Upto date training was held and approval from NHRC, SWC and DDC and pilot study was conducted and modification of tool was done and preparation for data collection.

  • Study site: Tertiary referral hospitals of Nepal

B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan

Bharatpur Hospital, Chitwan

Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu

Bir Hospital, Kathmandu

Patan Hospital, Lalitpur

Dhulikhel Hospital, Dhulikhel

Pokhara Academy of Health Sciences

Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara

Lumbini Zonal Hospital, Butwal

Rapti Sub-regional Hospital, Dang

Bheri Zonal Hospital, Nepalgunj

April 2018 to March 2020

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