The growing numbers of urban poor around the world face several health challenges including the double burden of diseases, exposure to environmental and human-made hazards and limited access to quality and affordable health care. Services are not sufficiently planned and integrated across multiple public, private and NGO providers and have frequently not kept pace with the changing disease burden or composition and needs of the urban poor. Furthermore, due to the informality of their living and working conditions, the urban poor, particularly the urban slum population are frequently overlooked in data, programmes and policies. Community-led Responsive and Effective Urban Heath System-CHORUS, a Research Program Consortium (RPC) funded by UK Aid, envisions to improve urban health and reduce health inequities of urban communities. The RPC is implemented in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal and Nigeria. HERD International is responsible to implement the the project in Nepal.
Why is this project important?
We are implementing policy-focused, implementation research to identify cost-effective and sustainable Health System interventions in selected urban area of Nepal. Our research programme will contribute to urban health system to be accountable and responsive to the needs of the urbanpoor.
What are the Research Pillars?
Our research focuses on these four pillars:
i)Linking the plurality of private, NGO and government providers
ii)Building collaboration across sectors to address wider determinants of health
iii)Strengthening systems to prevent and respond to the double burden of non-communicable (NCDs) and communicable disease (CDs) and
iv)Reaching and engaging the urban poor.
This programme is a collaboration among the University of Leeds, University of York, HERD International Nepal, ARK Foundation Bangladesh, University of Ghana, University of Nigeria, BRAC University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Associated Team Members
Deepak JoshiManager: Operational Research and Evaluation
Deepak Joshi, MPH is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Specialist with 8 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis with a background in monitoring and evaluation for projects funded by USAID, Gates Foundation, DFID and other notable partners/academia. He has extensive experience working on maternal and child health projects. As Researcher, he has experience of working in different study designs that includes longitudinal study, quasi experimental study, quantitative surveys and qualitative study. His experience and expertise of data [...]Learn more
Sushil Chandra BaralManaging Director
Key Expertise Dr Sushil Chandra Baral is an experienced heatlh and development expert of Nepal, specialising in health systems strengthening and health policy and planning at the national and international level. He has twenty five years of experience in health systems and services, health policy and planning, operational research and social development sector in developing countries context. He has got considerable professional experience in health system, health policy and planning, health service delivery, health research and programme management. He has [...]Learn more
Shreeman SharmaResearch Uptake Manager
Shreeman Sharma is an experienced professional with specialization in development Communication and knowledge management. Having dual master degree on Journalism and Mass Communication and Development Management, he has more than 15 years of experience in journalistic practice, public communication, Knowledge Management, advocacy and network buildings. He has experience of working with civil society networks and international non-government organization with major responsibility of designing and implementing advocacy and communication strategy, evidence uptake – communicating programmes’ impacts to the stakeholders and building [...]Learn more
Shophika RegmiSenior Manager: Health System Research, Evaluation and Learning
Personal bio Ms Shophika has been working in health and social research for more than a decade. During these years, she has led and managed research projects of different nature and scale particularly in health sector, which methodologically include implementation research, evaluation research, national level surveillance study, large-scale survey and qualitative method using participatory approaches. Her engagement in different areas in various projects (health system resilience, gender and intersectionality, non-communicable disease, TB and tobacco, nutrition and family planning) proves her [...]Learn more
Abriti ArjyalResearch Manager: Qualitative and Multidisciplinary Science
Key Expertise Ms. Abriti Arjyal works as Research Manager – Multidisciplinary Qualitative Research – at HERD International and has experience in the area of public health, health system and service delivery research, social science and gender, and equity. She is an emerging young researcher with more than seven years of experience leading formative and operational field studies, evaluation studies, and literature reviews, with expertise in design and implementation of qualitative research, and various community and participatory based approaches. She has sound knowledge [...]Learn more
Sampurna KakchapatiResearch Manager: Survey, Evaluation and Impact
Personal bio A committed health professional from Postdoctoral in Research Methodology with extensive experience in public health, research and statistics for nearly 10 years. Expert in conducting and leading a variety of research projects and surveys in Nepal and aboard. Recognized as strong coach and trainer for general research methodology (quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods), machine learning, data analysis using statistical packages such R program, STRATA, SPSS and GIS. Ample work experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Non-communicable diseases, Nutrition, Family planning, [...]Learn more
Raju Raman NeupaneProject Coordinator
Mr. Neupane has more than 26 years of experience in the Government Health Sector working especially in child health and immunization, at the sub-national and district level. He also has experience at the local level for sectoral planning, monitoring, implementation as well as formulation of health policy and other documents. He is committed, hardworking and interested in the research field. He was involved in different health sector-related Assessments. He has strong knowledge of Appreciative Inquiry and other public health programs.Learn more
Santosh GiriSenior Officer - Data Management and Information Technology
Dedicated and highly motivated public health professional with history of successful research goals utilizing consistent and organized practices. Organized and dependable with success in managing multiple priorities with a positive attitude. Data Manager with over 4 years of successful experience in research, data management and analysis. Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to roles undertaken.Learn more