Good health and wellbeing is one of the key component for sustainable development. Due to concerted efforts from government and non-government organizations, significant achievements have been made in health indicators of Ilam district. However, in response to the need of disability inclusive development, there is limited knowledge, expertise and research regarding socio-economic factors, assessment of functioning to determine prevalence of disability, wellbeing and quality of life of people living with disability (PLWD), awareness of the rights of people with disability, barriers and facilitators to participation of people with disability in their community.
HERD International conducted a baseline study in selected sites of Ilam District for Karuna Foundation Nepal. Karuna Foundation Nepal through its intervention (Inspire2Care Program) aimed to address these challenges to help prevent avoidable disabilities among children and improve quality of lives of children and adults with disabilities and bring progressive changes in the lives of family at risk.
The general objective of the baseline study was to collect comprehensive information on households demographic, health and health service utilization status, assess health facilities’ readiness and assess prevalence of disability and current status of persons with disabilities among people of Ilam district.
- To collect basic demographic and socio economic information of households
- To identify access to and utilization of Maternal, Neonatal and Child health (MNCH) and nutritional services
- To identify attitude and perception of mothers’ and fathers’ groups on access to and utilization of MNCH services
- To assess health and nutritional status of mothers and children
- To assess prevalence of disability and current status (social, health, education, livelihood and empowerment) of persons with disabilities
- To determine the status of child protection in the community
- To explore the functionality of community support system in realizing their goals and local resource mobilization in each field and in a newly restructured scenario of the country.
The study was descriptive cross-sectional baseline study using mixed methods which included formative quantitative and qualitative components. The study tried to explore three different dimensions in Ilam district: 1) households level demographic and health information – 746, health facilities’ readiness – 24 and disability prevalence and status of person with disabilities – 2195. The qualitative assessment was done by focus group discussions and semi structured interviews with female community health volunteers, mothers group of selected clusters and key focal persons of related stakeholders.
Project focal person
This project’s focal person is Dr. Pankaj Joshi
Associated Team Members
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 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
Saugat Pratap KCKnowledge Management Officer
Personal bio Meet Mr. KC, a visionary with an unyielding belief in taking bold risks, venturing beyond comfort zones, and embracing uncertainty to reap the greatest rewards in our increasingly competitive world. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Development from Rangsit University in Thailand and a Masters of Public Health from BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health in Bangladesh, his journey has led him back to his home country, Nepal, with a mission to make a [...]Learn more
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