Non communicable disease, Thematic Committee

Dr. Biraj Man Karmacharya

Dr. Biraj Man Karmacharya is the Director of Public Health/Community Programs and Global Engagement at Dhulikhel Hospital (DH) and Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS). He obtained MBBS (2003) from Kathmandu University; MS (Tropical Medicine, 2006) from Mahidol University, Thailand; PhD (Epidemiology, 2015) as a Fulbright Science and Technology awardee, and MPH (Global Health, 2017) from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He was also the founding co-director of Nepal Studies Initiative at the Jackson School of International Studies at University of Washington. He founded and has been leading the Department of Community Programs/Public Health at DH since 2006, through which he is engaged in developing and setting up innovative community- based health and integrated health and development programs in Nepal. He has also been instrumental in advancing public health training and research in Nepal leading the pioneering programs MScPH (Epidemiology and Global Health) and lately the PhD Program in Public Health at KUSMS. His research interests span across non-communicable diseases, climate change and health, and health systems and policies. He is a recipient of the prestigious Prabal Janasewa Shree award from the Government of Nepal for his remarkable contributions in promoting rural health care and health research in the country on the Constitution Day of Nepal, 2019. Earlier in 2018, he was awarded as one of the Emerging Leaders by the World Heart Federation.

Major publications:

  1. A mixed methods evaluation of a digital antenatal quality improvement intervention in Nepal
  2. Impact of digital intervention on antenatal paper records: results from audit of antenatal records
  3. A cluster randomized controlled trial of an electronic decision-support system to enhance antenatal care services in pregnancy at primary healthcare level in Telangana, India: trial protocol
  4. Factors Associated with Medication Adherence among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Hospital-Based Cross-Sectional Study in Nepal
  5. Health system capacity to manage diabetic ketoacidosis in nine low-income and lower-middle income countries: A cross-sectional analysis of nationally representative survey data
  6. Prevalence of prediabetes and associated factors of prediabetic stages: a cross-sectional study among adults in Nepal
  7. Health system capacity to manage diabetic ketoacidosis in nine low-income and lower-middle income countries: A cross- sectional analysis of nationally representative survey data