Nepal’s Department of Health Services, the Nepal Public Health Foundation (NPHF) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen Nepal’s public health sector.
The MoU was signed at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
The scope of the agreement includes:
- Use of low cost innovations to treat diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, maternal haemorrhage during child birth, and severe malnutrition developed by ICCDR,B.
- Development of joint research proposals to seek international funding.
- Strengthening human resources for health.
- Strengthening the capacity for research
Executive Chair of NPHF Dr Mahesh Maskey said the MoU would provide a great opportunity for the NPHF to improve Nepal’s health sector through collaboration.
Dr Sri Krishna Giri, chief of the Policy, Planning and International Cooperation Division of the Government of Nepal, said the agreement would help Nepal generate the evidence necessary to influence policy for a country which is transitioning from a unitary system to a federal one, not to mention helping save lives.
ICCDR,B Executive Director Professor John D Clemens expressed his optimism on working with the Health Ministry of Nepal and the country’s Public Health Foundation.
Representatives from the Government of Nepal, NPHF, WHO, UNICEF, DFID, USAID and ICDDR,B were present at the signing.