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Ongoing Research Activities


Program/ Project Description

Funding Agency/ collaborating agency




Nepal Injury Research Centre (NIRC), Global Health Research Group on Nepal Injury Research

NIHR/University of West of England, Bristol




The association of migration for labor with the left-behind child’s nutritional status and growth evidence from a birth cohort

University College London (UCL)



Recently Completed Research projects


Program/ Project Description

Funding Agency/ collaborating agency




Consumer’s journey mapping in identify barriers and constraints in accessing FP product and services

PSI (Population Service International)

Six districts of Nepal



Key Influencer’s Study on Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management  in Nepal

PSI (Population Service International)

Twelve districts of Nepal


 Ongoing Research Activities Details

Nepal Injury Research Centre 

The aim of the Nepal Injury Research Centre project is to high quality injury research studies to inform policy and legislation and reduce injuries.  

Injuries are one of the world’s most preventable and pressing public health problems.

One-third of the world’s morbidity and mortality due to injuries occur in the 11 countries of South East Asia Region, of which Nepal is one of the poorest.

Nepal has high rates of injuries from:

Ø  Natural disasters such as earthquakes and landslides

Ø  Road traffic

Ø  Injuries at home and at work.

In 2015 earthquakes killed almost 9,000 people and injured over 22,000.

Globally road traffic injuries are projected to rise from the eighth to the fifth leading cause of death by 2030 with the majority occurring in low and middle income countries.

About us

We work with communities, advocacy groups, health organisations and the Government of Nepal to generate evidence to inform policies and change practice.

Our programme of research will:

Ø  Engage stakeholders to understand their perspectives and priorities

Ø  Evidence through data to develop and pilot hospital and community based injury surveillance systems, to understand how injuries occur through qualitative and survey methods

Ø  Effective and cost-effective interventions to prioritise, develop and test the feasibility of interventions to reduce injuries

Ø  Enhance capacity and enable sustainability to identify and support injury researchers in Nepal. This will enable them to generate internationally excellent research in a centre sustainable in the long term.


This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Programme.


This project is led by University of West of England, Bristol in partnership with two universities and five non-governmental organisations:

Ø  University of Bristol 

Ø  Kathmandu Medical College

Ø  Mother and Infant Research Activities (MIRA)

Ø  Nepal Red Cross Society 

Ø  Swatantrata Abhiyan 

Ø  Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh

Ø  Safe Crossings 

Our other Ongoing Research Projects


Name of research project

Funding agency/ collaborating agency


Health facilities


Understanding the factors contributing to maternal mortality in Nepal

South Asia Research Hub (SARH), DFID

Parsa, Sarlahi, Rolpa, Banke, Kalikot, Surkhet

. Narayani Sub-regional Hospital

. Bheri Zonal Hospital

. Mid-western Hospital (Karnali Province Hospital)

#2.  Understanding the factors contributing to maternal mortality in Nepal


Nepal is in transition in its progress to reduce maternal mortality. Significant policy changes have addressed many barriers to skilled birth attendance: free maternity care, incentive schemes for antenatal care (ANC) coverage and facility births, and a national program to scale up the number of skilled birth attendants (SBAs) and birthing facilities. Yet despite these factors, the MMR has changed little since 2006. It is timely to investigate the reasons for this slow reduction, and examine the determinants of the current maternal mortality burden. Most maternal deaths in Nepal occur at home or at facilities following referral from a home birth. The three consecutive delays i.e. first delay to seek care, second delay to reach a health facility and third delay to receive the care after reaching a health facility have been widely cited as the causes of maternal deaths. However, it is important to know which delays are the leading causes of death in Nepal.

Objective of the study:

The main objective of the study is to understand the causes and pathways that lead to continued occurrence of maternal deaths in Nepal and to understand and identify corrective policies and actions that are required to prevent avoidable maternal deaths.

Study approaches:

This study has adopted four approaches in order to find out the factors contributing to maternal mortality and morbidity and to understand the status of demand and supply sides of maternal health care in Nepal. They are:

  1. Social Autopsy (SA)

  2. Maternal Near Miss (MNM) Analysis

  3. Expert/ Stakeholder Interview

  4. Policy Landscaping  Review 

  Study areas and setting:



Name of research project

Funding agency/ collaborating agency


Health facilities


Nepal Antenatal Care Network (NANC-Net)-Antenatal care in three hospitals of Nepal: Assessment of current landscapes and developing priorities for action to improve care

University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Kathmandu and Makwanpur

. Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital (Prasuti Griha)
. Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital (KMC)
. Hetauda District Hospital

#3. Antenatal care in three hospitals of Nepal: Assessment of current landscapes and developing priorities for action to improve care


Antenatal care is vital for sharing information with women about their pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. It is instrumental in improving outcomes through identifying women who are at high-risk during pregnancy or who develop pregnancy complications. If we can improve the quality of ANC, uptake of service would likely increase.

Study aims and objectives:

1) To understand women, staff and stakeholders perspectives of ANC in Nepal

2) Develop priorities for action to improve ANC in Nepal


  1.  Service evaluation
  2. Survey of women who have received ANC services
  3. Focused Group Discussion of postnatal women and staff
  4. Stakeholders’ interview
  5. Consensus meetings 

 Study sites: