Dalit Empowerment Project (DEP)-Integrated Package for Holistic Development of Dalit Community of Bhaluwa VDC in Sunsari District
HERD International undertook this study to assess the interventions of Karuna Foundation Nepal which focused on Education, Health, WASH, Social empowerment, and Economic empowerment such as income management, land ownership, etc. in the Dalit community. The project was implemented to bring substantial and measurable changes in the lives of the Dalit people which focused on health services, education and economic opportunities in the Bhaluwa VDC, to see whether the community were able to make choices and utilize these opportunities to uplift their social status in the community in coordination with Community organization of Musahars under the leadership of Village Development Committee.
Objectives of our study
1. To assess the social, economic and health status of the Dalit families (Mushahar, Paswan and Bishwokarma) of Bhaluwa VDC, SunsarI.
2. Study the health and nutrition status of mothers and children
3. To assess status of Early Childhood Development Centers (ECD) in the locality.
Face to face interview was carried out in all households (N=212). Head of the household were the respondent for the general questionnaire to assess social, economic and health awareness. Married Women of Reproductive age (MWRA) were asked questionnaire related to Maternal and Child Health. Youngest married women of the family were asked questions relating to women’s autonomy and violence against women. Observation was done for WASH related questionnaire and ECD. Anthropometric measurement was carried out for under- five children and MWRA. Height was measured to the nearest 0.1 cm without shoes, with two feet together, standing erect and looking straight ahead in a Frankfurt plane. Respondents were told to take a deep breath in and height was measured with a measuring tape. Weight was measured to the nearest 0.1 Kg with light clothes on.
Project focal person and team members
Focal person for the project is Dr. Pankaj Joshi
Associated Team Members
Private: Puja KCProject Officer - Audio Visual and Communication
Personal Bio Ms. Puja K.C is a registered public health professional working in health research. She has more than five years of professional working experience in the quantitative and qualitative research projects related to maternal, newborn and child health, reproductive health, NCDs, injury, disability, urban health, and health system. She is working as a Research and Data Management Officer at HERD International. She possesses expertise in data management, tools and database designing , training facilitation, field implementation, desk monitoring and [...]Learn more
Saugat Pratap KCKnowledge Management Officer
Personal bio Mr. KC has always stuck by the words “in an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards”. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Rangsit University in Thailand in International Relations and development and completed his Masters of Public Health from BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health from Bangladesh, after [...]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
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
Shophika RegmiSenior Manager: Health System Research, Evaluation and Learning
Personal bio Ms Shophika has been working in health and social research for nearly a decade. During these years, she has led and managed research projects of different nature and scale, which include implementation research, evaluation research, national level surveillance study, large-scale survey and mixed methods studies. She also has a good experience of literature and policy reviews using systematic review and critical appraisal techniques. Having a keen interest in health systems research, her current engagements are focused on health [...]Learn more