Nepal Public Health Foundation

Nepal Public Health Foundation

Nepal Public Health Foundation (NPHF) was established in April 2010 with a mission to have concerted public health action, research, and policy dialogue for health development, particularly of the socio-economically marginalized population. NPHF has a vision to ensure health as the right and responsibility of the Nepali people with its focus on major public health issues such as Health Policy and Systems, Human Resource, Communicable Disease, Non-Communicable Disease, Malnutrition etc. Nepal Public Health Foundation (NPHF) is committed to improve health system, generating quality evidences for policy formulation process through high quality survey and operational research.

NPHF had been awarded three year implementation research grant from WHO Geneva in 2011 which aims in Unde
rstanding and overcoming Barriers to Scale-up Skilled Birth Attendant Utilization in Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Nepal. The study was carried out in in the Mid and Far western districts covering Mountain, Hill and Terai ecological zones by mobilizing about 50 public health graduates in three districts at a time for data collection. Almost 5000 women were surveyed. Similarly, NPHF has been conducting “District Investment Case (DIC) for Overcoming bottlenecks in achieving MDGs 1,4,5,6 &7” in many districts of Nepal in a phase wise approach with the support of UNICEF. It has also conducted research in Data base formation of elderly population in Nepal; Intra-household food security in Nepal; Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Public Health and Health Care Systems in Kathmandu supported by WHO, Kobe Center, Japan.

Since its establishment and in a short span of time, NPHF has taken initiatives to raise voices and advocate the relevant public health issues at national and regional level. One of the major initiatives of NPHF is the organization of national workshop on Prevention and Control of Diarrheal Disease with the support of WHO/SEARO. The workshop concerted on developing a common strategy and mechanism for diarrheal disease control and prevention in high risk areas of Nepal. Another major initiative of NPHF is the Regional Civil Society Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) in Nepal with the support of WHO/SEARO and Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal. The meeting concentrated on discussing NCD related evidence-based policy in Southeast Asian countries. NPHF has also organized a national workshop on non communicable diseases and technically supported Ministry of Health to draft NCD policy in Nepal as also reviewed and discussed national and regional NCD related policy documents and recommended issues to be raised at 66th UN General Assembly which was organized prior to the Assembly to include NCDs in the MDG+ agenda. This meeting has also formulated an NCD net as a network to continuously support the Ministry of Health in regards to NCDs related policies and programs. It has also successfully hosted the 6th Annual SEAPHEIN meeting on 26th-28th November 2011 which is the network of public health education institutes in the South East Asia Region.
After the massive earthquake hit Nepal on April, 2015, NPHF had carried out a Post Disaster Need Assessment on Health under the financial and technical support from Project HOPE in fourteen crisis hit districts. After the assessment, a project entitled SPARSH has been implementing in Makwanpur district targeting to reach the unreached group of people like Chepang and Tamang and focusing on maternal neonatal, child health and nutrition. Moreover, NPHF had implemented a huge scale project entitled “Health Education/ Orientation through Social Mobilization” in 330 VDCs belonging to 11 most disaster affected districts. This project mobilized 11 local level organization and 330 social mobilizers at community level. Altogether, individual sessions and 36,623 group sessions were conducted in the program. The location of the sessions were home, community, tent, health facilities, schools and shelter home.

NPHF has been able to act as an umbrella organization to voice concern in public health thematic areas and at a same time developing as an academic organization by continuously supporting to individuals and organizations through training and workshops.

• Ensuring health as the right and responsibility of the Nepali people.
• Concerted public health action, research and policy dialogue for health development, particularly of the socio-economically marginalized population.
• Ensure Civil Society’s pro-active intervention in public health.
• Health Policy and System Research
• Human Resource Development
• Communicable Disease Control
• Non-Communicable Disease Control
• Nutrition Research
• Maternal and Child Health
• Disaster Prevention and Management
• Coordination, Advocacy and Communication
• Social Determinants of Health
• Health Economics
• Health Technology Research
• Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography

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