The “Seventh National Summit of the Health and Population Scientists in Nepal” is being organized by the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) with a theme “Research in Public Health Emergencies: Evidence to Policy and Action”
NHRC is an autonomous body of the Government of Nepal that coordinates and promotes health research in the country. It promotes research culture by facilitating communication between researchers and policymakers to support evidence-based health policy, programs and practice. The Seventh National Summit will be a continuum of the previous summits as an annual gathering to provide a platform for researchers and academicians to share recent and relevant health evidence; and policymakers to interact with researchers and academia to identify recent evidence on national health priorities.
Health and Population Scientists can have a significant contribution in generating evidence, which provides an insight on the need for quality research in the context of changing health systems. The initial tracking of the available evidence has become immense in developing and promoting further actions for successfully organizing a sustainable health system at the federal, provincial and the local governments. The seventh summit will also focus on the need for research in public health emergencies: Evidence to Policy and Action.
Making policy and action based on the best available evidence is central to research. This is most challenging yet crucial during public health emergencies mainly because of limited time, civil and political pressure, high scientific uncertainties and lack of indisputable evidence. We have learnt recently from pandemic of CoronaVirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Ebola outbreak in 2014, Swine influenza A (H1N1) in 2009, that the knowledge of health and population scientists, when used effectively, plays an important role in understanding and improving immediate response and preparing for future. This year’s summit therefore will bring health and population scientists and policy makers together, and facilitate discussion on how to effectively translate scientific messages into information that is timely and actionable for decision makers for policy and action during public health emergencies.
To promote timely and effective translation of evidence on public health emergencies to relevant actions and policies
- To foster networking and knowledge exchange between policy makers and health and population scientists
- To encourage health and population scientists, and practitioners to collaborate, innovate and promote research on current health priorities in Nepal