BNMT has a growing portfolio of multidisciplinary research, embedded within our implementation programmes. We aim to generate evidence to inform policy and drive innovation in fields including infectious diseases, mental and adolescent health and health system strengthening in Nepal.
We address issues affecting the health, development and resilience of our communities in Nepal, while ensuring our work is globally relevant by working with a network of leading experts and global collaborators.
Our current research fields include pathogen genetics, health economics, evidence synthesis, implementation research and policy translation. We partner with universities to support Nepali early career researchers in public health, infectious diseases, and global health related BSc, MSc and PhD studies. We continue to publish our work in international, peer reviewed journals and to present at domestic and international scientific conferences to ensure our findings reach a wide audience and inform the global evidence base.
Suman Chandra Gurung is a Senior Technical Advisor of BNMT Nepal. He is a public health specialist with MPhil in Population Studies from TU, MSc in Development Management (International Health) from UK, PG Development Management from UK and Bachelor in Public Health, Certificate in General Medicine from TU, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has over 27 years’ experience of health & development work in Nepal, Bangladesh, China and Tibet and employers include BNMT Nepal, IOM Nepal, NHSSP (DFID) Nepal, DHSP (DFID) Nepal, UNDP/UNV Bangladesh, Surmang Foundation Tibet/China, ADRA/Nepal, UMN CDHP Nepal, Save the Children Fund (UK) Nepal. Suman is currently perusing PhD at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, his PhD title is, ‘ Active Case Finding for Tuberculosis in Nepal’.
Suman has had wide and extensive experience of project management, health systems strengthening, planning, monitoring, evaluation, facilitation skills, co-ordination, research and technical assistance to government & External Development Partners (EDPs). He has also been involved in developing guidelines, manuals, resource maps, MoHP staffs job descriptions, proposal developments, curriculums, lesson plans and has trained health workers, volunteers and teachers.
Kritika Dixit is the Research Manager at BNMT with experience of over eight years in infectious diseases, mental health, and reproductive and sexual health. Her main areas of interest are the social and structural determinants of health and the design and evaluation of socioeconomic interventions to tackle these factors. Ms Dixit led research projects explore barriers to healthcare access especially in rural areas and provide evidence to inform patient-centric healthcare models to improve equity in communities. More recently, she led the research implementation in the projects supported by the European Union, the Wellcome Trust, UK, and the Stop TB partnership which aim to increase tuberculosis case diagnosis in Nepal and to develop a locally appropriate socioeconomic support package for TB affected households. She holds a master’s degree in Global Health from Thammasat University, Thailand, and is a current PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Ms Dixit is a Farrar Foundation fellow and is also a recipient of early-career research grant from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as well as travel scholarships from the RSTMH and the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium, UK.