Impacts of Tobacco Use in Nepal

A joint study by Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI), Nepal Cancer Relief Society (NCRS) and Cancer Research UK has meticulously examined the diverse impacts of tobacco use in Nepal. Read the report here: Final-Impact-of-Tobacco-Use-in-Nepal-ENG.pdf (

Digital Health Research Toolkit for TB Care

The Implementation Research for Digital Technologies and TB toolkit (IR4DTB) has been designed for TB programme implementers (middle and senior-level managers) and other decision makers who are interested in trialling, or currently implementing, digital technology tools and are seeking guidance on how to conduct IR to evaluate the implementation and scale up of digital technologies within TB programmes. The toolkit is organised into six modules that reflect key steps in the IR process and guides users through conceptualising, budgeting, and preparing for an IR study. The activities and examples contained within this toolkit have been designed to facilitate the development of a comprehensive IR proposal that can be used to support fundraising efforts for future research. More details about the toolkit available here: Implementation Research for Digital Technologies and TB (IR4DTB)

Factsheet on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nepal has recently published a factsheet on sexual
and reproductive health and rights in Nepal. More details about the factsheet available here:

HIV Epidemic in Nepal: Factsheet 2020

Marking World Aids Day (December 1), National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) has published the HIV Epidemic Factsheet. Some of the interesting facts from the factsheet include:

  • First HIV case was detected in 1988 in Nepal
  • Heterosexual transmission is dominant (80 percent)
  • 28,332 total HIV infected with 790 as estimated new infection in 2019
  • Advanced HIV (61 percent) and Tuberculosis (23 percent) major causes of HIV related death
    among people living with HIV (PLHIV)

Read the factsheet here: HIV Fact Sheet -2020_ NCASC_ Public Health Update.pdf – Google Drive

Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2016

The 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (2016 NDHS) was implemented by New ERA under the aegis of the Ministry of Health of Nepal. Funding for the survey was provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ICF provided technical assistance through The DHS Program, a USAID funded project providing support and technical assistance in the implementation of population and health surveys in countries worldwide.

Access the full report here:

Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2019

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. MICS is designed to collect estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of children and women. Nepal MICS 2019 (NMICS 2019) was conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) from May to November 2019, with the technical and financial support from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nepal.

Access the key findings report here:

Capture the Moment: Early initiation of breastfeeding – the best start for every newborn

This joint report, prepared by UNICEF and WHO, analyses early initiation of breastfeeding and describes trends over the past 10 years for more than 70 low- and middle-income countries, as well as several high-income countries. Drawing on analysis of early initiation rates among babies delivered by skilled birth attendants, the report describes key findings and examines the factors that support and hinder an early start to breastfeeding. The report outlines key learnings from countries where rates of early initiation have improved or deteriorated and offers recommendations for policy and programmatic action.

Access the full report here:

National Mental Health Survey 2020

The Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) has recently published the report of the National Mental Health Survey 2020. Key findings from the study are as follows:

Among Adolescents

  • The prevalence of mental disorder among adolescents was found to be 5.2%.
  • Neurotic and stress related disorders were the most prevalent, with a prevalence of 2.8%.
  • The prevalence of mental disorders was highest among adolescents in Province 1 (11.4%) among 16-years-olds (7.7%) and among females (5.3%).
  • The prevalence of current suicidal thoughts among adolescents was 3.9% while that of lifetime suicidal attempt was 0.7%.

Among Adults

  • Among the adult participants, 10% had any mental disorder in their lifetime, and 4.3% currently has any mental disorder.
  • Lifetime and current mood disorders among adult participants were found to be 3% and 1.4% respectively.
  • Neurotic and Stress related disorders (current) among adult participants was 3%.
  • The prevalence of suicidality (including current suicidal thoughts, lifetime suicidal attempt and future likelihood of suicidal thoughts) was found to be 7.2%.
  •  Majority of the adult participants (6.3%) has low suicidality compared to moderate and high suicidality.
  • Current suicidal thoughts and Lifetime suicidal attempt were found to be 6.5% and 1.1% respectively.
  • The prevalence of lifetime mental disorders was highest among adults in Province 1 (13.9%), among 40-49-years-old (13.3%) and among males (12.4%).
  • The prevalence of current mental disorders was highest among adults in Bagmati province (5.9%), among 40-49-years old (6.3%) and among females (5.1%).

Link to the Factsheets are here:

Adult Factsheet:

Adolescent Factsheet: