Third National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal

‘Health in Sustainable Development Goals: Are we on Track?’

April 10-12, 2017

Kathmandu, Nepal

Program Schedule


Day I, 10 April 2017, Monday
07:00-08:30 Registration/Breakfast
08:30–09:30 Health related Sustainable Development Goals in Nepal: Meeting the data gaps Chairs: Dr. Kiran Regmi, Chief Specialist, MoH / Dr Bhola Ram Shrestha, Chief, Curative Service Division, MoH

Health in SDGs: Indicators and their sources


Dr. Dipendra Raman Singh, Chief, PHAMED, MoH
08:50-09:05 Strengthening Health Management Information System (HMIS) in Nepal: A Move towards Measuring SDGs Mr. Mukti Nath Khanal, Chief, HMIS, Management Division
09:05-09:15 Burden of Disease (BoD) Indicators in SDGs from the GBD estimates Dr. Krishna Kumar Aryal, Chief, Research Section, NHRC
09:15-09:30 Discussion followed by Chairs’ Remarks  
09:30-10:30 Panel Discussion on SDGs  


·         Dr. Kiran Regmi, Chief Specialist, MoH

·         Dr. Bal Gopal Baidya, Former NPC Member

·         Dr. Suman Aryal, Director General, Central Bureau of Statistics

·         Ms. Giulia Vallese, Country Rep, UNFPA/EDP Chair

·         Dr. Shiva Raj Adhikari, Associate Prof , Tribhuvan University



Moderator: Mr. Sudip Pokhrel



Tea break


11:00-13:00 Social Health Insurance in Nepal: Inception, Roll Out and Future Directions
11:00-11:15 Presentation 1: Social Health Insurance in Nepal: An Overview Dr. Guna Raj Lohani, Executive Director, Social Health Security Development Committee
11:15-11:30 Presentation 2: Social Health Insurance in Nepal: Critical observation Dr. Shiva Raj Adhikari, Asso Professor, Tribhuvan University

Panel Discussion:

·         Dr. Guna Raj Lohani, Executive Director, Social Health Security Development Committee

·         Dr. Shiva Raj Adhikari, Asso Professor, Tribhuvan University

·         Mr. Chiranjibi Chapagain, Chairman, Insurance Board, Nepal

·         Mr. Ashwini Kumar Thakur, Administrator, Rastriya Beema Sansthan

·         Ms. Franziska Fuerst, Senior Technical Advisor, GiZ-S2HSP




Moderator: Dr. Sushil Chandra Baral

13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Informing health decision making in resource poor settings: Importance of Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis (Workshop in collaboration with Cochrane South Asia) Chairs: Prof. Sharad Raj Onta / Prof. Buddha Basnyat

Presentation from NHRC – Cochrane Activities in Nepal: A Ways Forward, Binaya Chalise, Research Associate, NHRC

Keynote Speakers:

·         Prof. Paul Garner, Co-ordinator, Evidence Synthesis for Global Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

·         Prof. Prathap Tharyan, Director, Cochrane South Asia, CMC Vellore, India



Moderator: Dr. Krishna K Aryal

15:30-16:00 Tea break
16:00–17:30 Medical Manuscript Writing: Are we on track? (Talk to the Editors – Panel Discussion)


·         Prof. Jay N Shah (President NAME, Editor JNHRC, Chief Editor JPAHS)

·         Prof. Ganesh Dangal (Editor JNHRC, Gen Sec NAME, Editor JNSOG)

·         Dr. Amit Joshi (Editor JNHRC, Executive Editor MJSBH)

·         Dr. Dipak Shrestha (Editor KUMJ)

·         Dr. Yogesh Neupane (Chief Editor, Nepalese Journal of ENT & Head & Neck Surgery)

Moderator: Dr. Arun Neopane (Editor JNHRC & Editor in Chief JNPS)
Day II, 11 April 2017, Tuesday
08:00–09:00 Registration/Breakfast

Plenary Session I 

Chairs: Prof. Madan Prasad Upadhyay / Dr. Padam Bahadur Chand

09:00-09:30 Functional Analysis of Health Services in Federal Context Mr. Bhogendra Dotel, Chief, PPICD, MoH
09:30-09:50 Population Situation Analysis of Nepal in Relation to Population and Health Dynamics Dr. Yagya Bahadur Karki, UNFPA
09:50-10:05 Harnessing Demographic Dividend: Adolescents and Youths, and the SDGs in Nepal Mr. Pushkar Raj Silwal, GiZ-S2HSP
10:05-10:20 Quality of care in the context of SDGs in Nepal Dr. Ashish KC, Child Health Specialist
10:20-10:35 Challenges and Innovative Concepts for Sustaining the Health Institutions and Organizations in Country Like Nepal Dr. Anil Kumar Jha, Dermatologist, Venereologist and Leprologist
10:35-11:00 Discussion followed by Chairs Remarks

Tea Break / Poster Presentation



Parallel Session I: Non Communicable Diseases
Chairs: Prof. Rajendra Koju / Prof. Sanjib Kumar Sharma

Parallel Session II: Nutrition, Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health

Chairs: Prof. Ramesh Kant Adhikari/ Prof.  Pushpa Chaudhary

11:45-11:55 Barriers to treatment and control of hypertension among hypertensive participants: A community based cross-sectional mixed method study in municipalities of Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Raja Ram Dhungana


Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status of Pregnant Women Attending Antenatal Care in Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal. Mr. Nishant Lama


11:55-12:05 Prevalence of Hypertension and its Associated Risk Factors in Sub Urban Area of Central Nepal Ms. Rashmi Devkota Factors Affecting Health Seeking Behaviors for Common Childhood Illnesses among Rural Mothers in Chitwan Ms. Dipa Sigdel
12:05-12:15 Total Cardiovascular Risk for Next 10 years Among Rural Population of Nepal using WHO/ISH Risk Prediction Chart Dr. Mahesh Kumar Khanal Group compared to Individual antenatal care: A cluster-controlled trial in rural Nepal Mr. Poshan Thapa
12:15-12:25 Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Chitwan, Nepal: A Mixed Method Study Assoc. Prof. Kalpana Sharma Breast cancer in Nepal: A review


Biwesh Ojha
12:25-12:35 High time to zoom out the gaps: Under-recognized burden of elder mistreatment, community based, cross –sectional study from rural eastern Nepal Mr. Uday Narayan Yadav Status of Maternal & Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Implementation in Nepal Dr Pooja Pradhan
12:35-12:45 Non Communicable Diseases and Injury in Nepal: Present Context & Future Directions Prof. Bhagawan Koirala Maternal and Neonatal morbidity and mortality in Khotang, Taplejung, Panchthar and Tehrathum districts


Dr. Nastu Sharma

12:45-13:15 Discussion followed by Chairs Remarks
13:15–14:15 Lunch

Parallel Session III: Environmental & Occupational Health; Infectious & Tropical Diseases

Chairs: Dr. GD Thakur/Mr. Chudamani Bhandari

Parallel Session IV: Mental Health

Chairs: Prof. Saroj Prasad Ojha/Mr. Mohammad Daud


14:15-14:25 Awareness of Occupational Hazards and Use of Safety Measures among Automobile Repair Artisans in Kathmandu Metropolitan City

Mr. Grish Paudel


Anxiety and depression in Nepal: Prevalence, comorbidity and associations


Dr. Ajay Risal
14:25-14:35 Do immune disturbances caused by soil-transmitted helminth co-infection trigger leprosy reactions?

Ms. Ruby Thapa


Development, evaluation and scale up of a mental health care plan (MHCP) in Nepal


Mr. Nagendra Prasad Luitel
14:35-14:45 Factors associated with prevalent Hepatitis C and HIV/HCV co-infection among people who inject drug in Nepal Dr. Sampurna Kakchapati Developing a Scalable Training Model in Global Mental Health: Pilot Study of a Video-assisted Training Program for Generalist Clinicians in Rural Nepal

Ms. Pragya Rimal


14:45-14:55 Indoor pollution and respiratory health Prof. Annalisa Cogo Perception of service users and caregivers on mental health care services in Nepal Ms. Ruja Pokhrel
14:55-15:05 Prevalence of Pulmonary Tuberculosis among Male Inmates in the Largest Prison of Eastern Nepal Dr. Gambhir Shrestha The prevalence of primary headache disorders in Nepal: a nationwide population-based study. Mr.

Kedar Manandhar

15:05-15:15 Study on Work-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms among Traffic Police in Kathmandu Valley Dr. Leela Paudel Treatment gap and barriers for mental health care: a cross sectional community survey in Nepal Ms. Dristy Gurung
15:15-15:45 Chairs Remarks
15:45-16:30 Tea Break / Poster Presentation
16:30–18:00 Inaugural Session
18:00–20:30 Reception Dinner with Cultural Programme
Day III, 12 April 2017, Wednesday
07:30–08:30  Breakfast

Plenary Session 2

Chairs: Prof. Chop Lal Bhusal/Prof. Sitaram Chaudhary



08:30-08:45 Urban Health Challenges in Nepal: Need for Health Promotion Mr. Mahendra Shrestha, Chief, District Public Health Office, Kathmandu
08:45-09:00 Need of Preventive Emergency Medicine in Nepal Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maharjan, Associate Professor, IOM, Tribhuvan University
09:00-09:15 Addressing the double burden of disease: improving health systems for Non communicable and Neglected Tropical Diseases Prof. Nilambar Jha, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
09:15-09:30 Snake antivenom for Nepal – challenges and opportunities to secure critical supply of an essential drug Dr. Ulrich Kuch, Head, Department of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Goethe University, Germany
09:30-09:45 Climate change and health in Nepal:  SDG Perspective Mr. Rajaram Pote Shrestha, National Professional Officer, WHO
09:45-10:15 Discussion followed by Chairs Remarks
10:15–11:00 Tea Break and Poster Presentation

Parallel Session V: Health System Research

Chairs: Dr. Laxmi Raj Pathak/ Dr. Baburam Marasini


Parallel Session VI: Sexual & Reproductive Health, and Adolescent Health

Chairs: Dr. Dibyashree Malla / Dr. Naresh Pratap KC

11:00-11:10 An Assessment of Community-based Education in Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal Mr. Bishnu Prasad Choulagai Awareness of sexually transmitted infections and perceived barriers in seeking reproductive health services among youths in the Kathmandu valley

Dr. Laxmi Tamang


11:10-11:20 An Operational research to increase compliance with medical abortion and enhance uptake Ms. Pragya Gartoulla Body Mass Index and Health Related Quality of Life among Adolescents in Government Schools of Pokhara Ms. Bidhya Banstola
11:20-11:30 On-site Clinical and Management Mentoring: An Approach to Improve Quality of Emergency Maternal and New born Care Services in Nepal Ms. Tulasa Bharati Fear of side-effects and pressures to have children influencing family planning use in Nepal Dr. Sharada Pd. Wasti
11:30-11:40 Antibiogram and Plasmid Profiling of Beta-Lactamases Producing Escherichia coli Isolated from UTI Suspected Pediatric Patients

Mr. Bimal Pradhan


Medical Abortion Drug Dispensing Practices of Private Sector Chemists in Nepal


Ms. Sushma Rajbansi
11:40-11:50 Effect of support contacts on improving provider performance for safe abortion services Dr. Suresh Mehata Does coaching and visiting providers increase access to LARC in rural settings? Learning’s from an evaluation of pilot intervention in Nepal Ms. Shophika Regmi
11:50-12:00 Scoping Review and Preliminary Mapping of Menstrual Health and Management in Nepal Dr. Lhamo Yangchen Sherpa
12:00-12:15 Discussion followed by Chairs Remarks
12:15–12:45 Tea break

Parallel Session VII: Health  Care and Biomedical Research

Chairs: Dr. Bhoj Raj Adhikari / Dr. Gentle Sunder Shrestha

Parallel Session VIII: Systematic Review

Chairs: Dr. Mahesh Kumar Maskey / Prof. Bhagawan Koirala

12:45-12:55 Awareness and Stigma Regarding Eye Donation among Community People living in Butwal-6, Laxminagar Ms. Pratikshya Gautam Challenges and Opportunities for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nepal: systematic review Dr. Chhabi Lal Ranabhat
12:55-13:05 Biofilm Production And Antimicrobial Resistance Among Uropathogens In Pediatric Cases: a Hospital Based Study Mr.

Dhiraj Shrestha

Factors Affecting Hospital Efficiency and Productivity: A Scoping Review Mr. Pushkar Raj Silwal
13:05-13:15 RIPASA Score versus Alvarado Score to Diagnose Acute Appendicitis Dr. Uttam Pachya Interventions for improving quality of life of HIV infected people receiving antiretroviral therapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Dr. Dharma Nand Bhatta


13:15-13:25 Novel Gene Mutation and Altered Physiology Associated with the Vancomycin Resistance (AMR) Mechanism in Staphylococcus aureus.

Dr. Santosh Dulal


Nutrition interventions for children aged less than 5 years following natural disasters: a systematic review Dr. Pranil Man Singh Pradhan
13:25-13:35 Informational Support, Anxiety and Satisfaction with Care among Family Caregivers of Patients Admitted in Critical Care Units of BPKIHS


Rosy Chaudhary

Supplies Disruption and Its Impact upon Health Sector in Nepal: Findings from a Media Monitoring Study Mr. Sudeep Uprety
13:35-13:45 Association Between the Specific UGT1A1 promoter mutation, c. -3279T>G, and Gilbert’s Syndrome in Nepalese Population Mr. Balram Gautam Evidence Synthesis and Systematic Review for Health Decision Making Prof. Prathap Tharyan
13:45-14:00 Discussion followed by Chairs Remarks
14:00–15:00 Lunch
15:00–16:00 Award Presentations & Closing Session
16:00-16:30 Tea
16:30-17:30 Press Meet (Closed Session)