Ms. Bandana Neupane is a Public Health and Development professional with over nine years of experience in the health sector. She is a Netherland’s Government Scholar; a recipient of NFP Fellowship, to pursue her master’s degree in Public Health from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Health System/Policy Research is her key area of expertise. In addition, she has taken advanced modules on Health Financing, Health Governance, Human Resource Management and Sexual & Reproductive Health in low- and middle-income countries-context.
She has ample exposure to Community Health Interventions and Demand/Supply-side issues at Facility Level. She is well acquainted with the importance of Inclusive Development and trained in designing activities/conducting research by applying Gender Lens. She has monitored and facilitated training, conducted surveys, in more than 30 districts of Nepal including remote areas. Her robust skills on Designing Programs/National Guidelines, coordinating with government agencies, drafting Proposals, writing Reports and producing Policy Briefs made her confident enough to undertake any similar assignments in the future.
Furthermore, she also brings in In-Depth Clinical Skills from half a decade of her service as a Registered Nurse in various Tertiary Settings (Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Kanti Children Hospital and Manmohan Cardio-Thoracic & Vascular Transplant Center). Prior to that, she has been directly engaged in Development Sector Research and Humanitarian Projects, since her master’s degree in Rural Development. She is eager to blend knowledge & skills from such diverse areas to work for Sustainable Development Goals in both National & International platforms.
She is currently employed as a Health System Strengthening Officer at HERD International and is seconded to Itahari Sub-Metropolitan City Office, Sunsari, one of the Local Government, to provide Technical Support, as part of the National Health System Support Programme (NHSSP).
Key Work undertaken that best illustrates the capability to handle the tasks assigned:
Prior to joining HERD International, Ms. Neupane worked as a Research Consultant in different National and International Research Projects in the sector of Vector-Borne Diseases, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health, WASH, Immunization, Family Planning, Integrated Management of Adulthood Illness, Tuberculosis, Non Communicable Diseases, Food Security and Renewable Energies for Rural Areas (Rural Development Projects).
Program Manager, National Malaria Orientation Program: She worked as a Program Manager for 28 districts of Nepal, in collaboration with Save the Children/Global Fund and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) for National Malaria Orientation Program. Under her leadership, she successfully completed the entire project. Key responsibilities undertaken include Coordination, Monitoring of Field Work, Facilitation of Sessions, Mobilization of Staffs, Meeting arrangements, Proposal Writing, Developing National Guideline/Manual for the Orientation Program, IEC Materials and Final Report Preparation.
Research Consultant, Baseline Survey for Situation and Opportunities of Institutional Delivery (SRH) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), in Western Nepal: She worked as a Research Consultant with following key responsibilities: Reviewed Qualitative Methodologies, Incorporated Participatory and GESI Approaches in Designing Tools/Techniques, Conducted FGDs and KIIs at the Community Level in Federal Context, Prepared and Submitted Field Report including Observational Findings and Preliminary Situational Analysis to Vrije University and SIMAVI, Netherlands.
Registered Nursing Professional at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Kanti Children Hospital and Manmohan Cardio-Thoracic Vascular and Transplant Center: Worked as a Registered Nurse in Humanitarian settings: Health Emergencies: Preparedness/Response, Acute Trauma/Disaster & Disability Management, Medical-Surgical & Pediatric Case Management, Mental Health Counselling, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Recording/Reporting/Documentation and Supply Chain Management.
Dissertation, Policy Brief, and Proposal:
- Determinants on Utilization of Primary Health Care for Non-Communicable Diseases
- Knowledge and Practice of Pap -Smear Test among women of reproductive age
- Improving access to TB services by engaging with Private Service Providers
- Food Security Trends, Determinants and National Policy Response
- Determinants on Occurrence of Tuberculosis in Nepal using Dahlgren and Whitehead Model
- Factors influencing the use of Modern Contraceptives among unmarried young (16-24 years) people in Lalitpur District; a project proposal
- Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Reduction Interventions in West Health Region, Africa; a project proposal
- Training Manual: National Malaria Orientation Program
Nepal Health Sector Support Program (NHSSP 3)