Coordinating Committee Member

Dr. Mahesh K Maskey

Dr. Mahesh Kumar Maskey is a prominent public health expert. He is the Founding chair and executive chief of Nepal Public Health Foundation. His focus and expertise includes perinatal epidemiology, health policy and planning, health systems research and the generation of evidence for health policy formulation on a national and international level. Dr. Maskey holds an MBBS Degree from India, an MPH from the UK, and a D.Sc. from the USA. He is a published author and had presented papers in many regional and international conferences. During 2007 to 2010, he contributed in the drafting of Three year interim health plan of Government of Nepal. In 2006, he designed targeted free health care services in district hospitals and primary health care centres, and Universal free health care services in sub health post and health post level in Nepal. He has served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to People’s Republic of China (2012- 2016).

Work Experiences:

  • Executive Chair, Nepal Health Research Council, Government of Nepal, Nepal 2006-2009
  • Chief Advisor, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Nepal, Mr. Amik Serchan (2006-2007).
  • Chair, South Asian Forum for Health Research, Nepal, 2007-2009
  • Member of Advisory Committee for Health Research (ACHR), WHO, SEARO (2007-9)
  • Executive vice Chair, New Health Policy Drafting Committee, Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal, 2017


  • Principle Investigator: National study in Burden of Disease in Nepal, Nepal Health Research Council, Kathmandu Nepal. 2008-9
  • Principle Investigator (2011-2012): overcoming barriers for skill birth attendents, Nepal. Funded by WHO, Geneva.
  • Co-PI, Exemplars in Under-5 Mortality: Nepal Case Study funded by Gates Ventures and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 2018.
  • Co-PI, Exemplar in Stunting reduction, Nepal, Sick Kids, Canada, funded by BGC3. 2017-2018
  • Co-PI, Exemplar in Under-five mortality reduction, Nepal, partner University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda and funded by BGC3. 2018.
  • Barriers and facilitators to institutional delivery in rural areas of Chitwan district, Nepal: a qualitative study
  • A cluster randomized implementation trial to measure the effectiveness of an intervention package aiming to increase the utilization of skilled birth attendants by women for childbirth: study protocol 

Policy Developments

  • Contributed in drafting National Health Policy of Government of Nepal emphasizing MCH, NCD and mental health care
  • Designed Targeted free health care service in district hospitals and primary health care centers and universal free health care services in sub health post and health post level, Nepal