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July 4 2020
Nepal Public Health Association:
Public Health Dialogue on COVID-19

Simon Rushton represented the Nepal Federal Health System team at a Public Health Dialogue webinar arranged by the Nepal Public Health Association. He discussed the lessons that Nepal could learn from the UK on how to respond to COVID-19. Other contributors to the session discussed the lessons to be learned from Italy and Australia.

June 7 2020
Expert panel on 'The COVID 19 Pandemic: Challenges and Pathways Forward', hosted by the Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences

Edwin van Teijlingen, Padam Simjkhada, Simon Rushton and Sujan Marahatta, along with other experts, were all part of a panel discussion on June 7 2020 sharing their ideas and experiences of the COVID 19 crisis and its implications for Nepal’s health and education systems. The recording of the webinar can be found on the MMIHS Facebook page here:


April 1 2020

Project launch

On 1 April 2020, a major new collaborative project launched examining the consequences for the health system of Nepal’s move to a federal government structure. The three-year project is UK-funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust and DFID under the Health Systems Research Initiative.

The project is collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Sheffield, Bournemouth and Huddersfield in the UK and the Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Science and PHASE Nepal in Kathmandu. Jointly led by Dr. Simon Rushton and Dr. Julie Balen, the project involves an interdisciplinary team including experts in public health, law, health economics, politics and policy, and sociology. 

Over the next three years, the team will work with stakeholders at all levels of the health system, from the federal Ministry down to the village-level Female Community Health Volunteers. Together we will help identify good practices and implementation challenges in moving to a federal system.

The project will employ several researchers in Nepal through the Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences and PHASE Nepal. As a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, data collection is currently scheduled to start in late 2020.