Education Qualification

Master of Arts in Anthropology (MA in Anthropology) Tribhuvan University, Nepal- 2008

Bachelor of Arts (BA in Sociology/Anthropology and English Literature) Peoples Campus, Tribhuvan University Nepal -2005

Obindra Bahadur Chand

Qualitative Research Officer

Personal Bio

An experienced health and social sciences researcher working and engaging in the broader area of health and development covering the wider area of medical anthropology and global health. These include health system research, cross-cultural context of health service delivery and development, access to health services and facilities for various groups of people as well as disability and disaster using primarily qualitative methods. He has more than 8 years of professional experience in qualitative research with expertise in designing, developing and implementing research project (s). In the broader spectrum qualitative research, he is adept in using various ethnographic research such as rapid ethnography and ethnographic methods. These include fieldworks, in-depth interviews, participatory group discussions and observations focus group discussions, informal conversations and informal group discussions for unfolding complex socio-cultural and political realities exist at multiple levels.

Work undertaken that best illustrates capability to handle the tasks assigned

Improving Mass Drug Administration After Pre-Transmission Assessment Survey (Pre-TAS) Failure: A Mixed Methods Study in Nepal: Two year-long (March 2019-July 2020)a collaborative research project with government of Nepal, University of Amsterdam and University of Washington which seeks to explore the influencing   factors for promoting the compliance and coverage of Lymphatic Filariasis medicines among community people  and identifying the gaps in the program particularly in Bardiya and Parbat. Role: Intensively engage and involve in different stages of research in a team which include designing and developing qualitative research tools, implementing research project, conducting field work, facilitating group discussions and group analysis, analyzing data and writing reports among others.

Factors Affecting Stock-Out of Essential Medicines in Government Health Facilities of Nepal: National level study (June 2018-Aug 2019), funded by USAID. As a large scale study it covers 275 health facilities from all 7 provinces of the country. It applies both qualitative and quantitative methods. Roleinvolve and contribute in different stages of research project focusing mainly on qualitative component including tools design, data analysis, fieldwork and monitoring visits.  

Survey for urban equity (SUE): Team member in two-year mixed methods research study (April 2017-March 2019), funded by Medical Research Council, UK, which was a mixed research and   used of novel methods in sampling, mapping, enumeration and visualization of data to assess mental health and injuries and using data to address urban inequities. Role: Intensively engaged in qualitative aspect of the study, generating evidence using qualitative research techniques including participatory approaches, coding and analyzing data, writing reports and journal articles for publications in peer reviewed journals and for conference presentations collaboration with University of Leeds (UK) and Nepal team.

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