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NIPH signs Memorandums of Understanding in Nepal
NIPH has collaborated with Nepalese partners in the field of infectious diseases since 2009. To widen the scope of the public health partnership with Nepal, NIPH has partnered with other organizations to help build competent and resilient health systems underpinned by strong public health institutions.
Kathmandu University School of Medical Science (KUSMS), a not-for-profit organization advancing the field of health sciences, training, research and services in Nepal, is the current secretariate of the Consortium of Academic Institutions for Public Health in Nepal (CAIPHEN). The consortium, established in March 2022 with support from NIPH, comprises academic partners with programs in public health who will enhance the quality, relevance and implementation of public health education, policy and services.
Building on that momentum, NIPH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with KUSMS. KUSMS, with support from NIPH, is launching a PhD program in public health in the autumn. The partners are finalizing a collaboration agreement outlining the first two PhD scholarships which will be within the field of implementation research for non-communicable disease (NCD) programs.
In June 2022, NIPH signed an MoU with Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Population. The NHRC promotes and coordinates health research that aims to improve the health status of people and information public policy making. KUSMS and NHRC hold an MoU with each other. Under these MoUs NIPH, KUSMS and NHRC will work together to promote scientific collaboration and research in public health in Nepal, enhance capacity strengthening and knowledge exchange and, ultimately, to promote stronger public health institutions and systems in Nepal.
"Nepal is a relatively peaceful democratic republic, with several institutions serving public health functions. There are of course many challenges in working in a country that does not have one fully comprehensive national public health institute. However, we have found all our partners in Nepal to be positive and inspiring, and believe they will be central to solving the public health challenges over the coming years," says Kjersti Mørkrid Blom-Bakke, Country Coordinator.
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