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Building stronger health institutions and systems (BIS) in Nepal

Under the BIS program, NIPH is exploring long-term collaboration with partners in Nepal to contribute to strengthening public health capacity.

Photo of delegates at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences
Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences. Copyright: FHI

Under the BIS program, NIPH is exploring long-term collaboration with partners in Nepal to contribute to strengthening public health capacity.


Aims of the BIS collaboration in Nepal

NIPH and its partner institutions, primarily Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Kathmandu University, and Tribhuvan University, will work together over the course of the project to identify areas of mutual interest. Our aims are to strengthen capacity in the areas of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), infectious diseases and organizational development. We will collaborate to strengthen NCD prevention and control, especially at the primary health care level through implementation research. In supporting the field of infectious diseases, NIPH with partners will organize annual theoretical and practical laboratory courses in advanced molecular biology techniques. Finally, in supporting organizational development, we are, for example, supporting a public health consortium and grant application writing.

This collaboration is facilitated by the recruitment and supervision of PhD students in the field of implementation science for NCD programs, and on strengthening infectious disease laboratory capabilities. Closer institutional collaboration between NIPH and its partner institutions will be facilitated through Memorandums of Understanding and Collaboration Agreements.

History of Collaboration

NIPH has been collaborating with Nepalese partners in the field of infectious diseases since 2009, with researchers at NIPH’s Department of Virology collaborating with microbiologists at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in a Norad-financed project. NIPH representatives gave annual theoretical and practical seminars in molecular biology from 2011-2015 and hosted Nepal trainees in Oslo on several occasions.

NIPH Collaborative Team