The Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) is inviting abstract submissions for the 10th National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal, scheduled from 10-12 April, 2024. The theme of this year summit is “Advancing Health and Population Research and Innovations: Achieving SDGs.” NHRC, the apex authority for health research in Nepal, organizes these summits annually since 2015 to encourage discussions among researchers, policymakers, and development partners in healthcare. It aims to promote evidence-based decision-making and collaboration within the healthcare community.

The National Health Policy 2019 of Government of Nepal highlights the significance of health research for both health improvement and economic growth. However, research findings are often overlooked when making policies, resulting in a gap between research and action. A national summit is necessary to bridge this gap, focusing on ways to use research effectively to shape policies and practices. This involves creating channels for better communication between researchers and policymakers. Given the current global challenges like environmental changes and health crises, it is crucial to generate relevant and high-quality evidence to address these issues effectively.

The 10th National Summit with the theme titled,  “Advancing Health and Population Research and Innovations: Achieving SDGs” brings together researchers, academics, practitioners, and policymakers to share health and population research and discuss national health priorities. It aims to explore ways to translate research findings and innovations into informed decision-making and practice. Research for health and evidence informed decision making is pivotal in maintaining and achieving enhancing overall health outcomes.

The summit aims to

  1. Foster collaboration, innovation, and dialogue among young researchers, experts, policymakers, and practitioners on current health priority areas in Nepal and
  2. Gather evidence and facilitate the exchange of research evidence to emphasize the significance of health research in shaping policies and practices within the health and population sectors.

Thematic areas (sub-themes) for abstract submission

The summit main theme: Advancing Health and Population Research and Innovations: Achieving SDGs

Major Areas:

  1. Health Research Governance
    • Responsible conduct of Research
    • Related acts, rules, regulation,
    • Governance, implementation challenges and opportunities
  2. Efficient and Responsive Health System: Quality and Equitable Health Services
    • Emergency response
    • Disaster, pandemic, and outbreak investigations
    • Humanitarian response
    • Readiness of health system
    • Supply chain
    • Health technologies (genomics and newer technologies)
    • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
    • Preclinical and clinical research.
  3. Wider Determinants of Health
    • Climate change
    • Pollution
    • Biodiversity loss
    • Environmental health
    • Healthy cities
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Community engagements
    • Food and nutrition
    • Food quality, safety and regulations
    • Sports medicine
    • Interdisciplinary and cross-cutting research.
  4. Health Financing and Social Protection in Health
    • Insurance
    • Health economics and financing.
  5. Population, Migration and Ageing
    • Including GESI
  6. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
    • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
    • Gender-Based Violence
    • Menstrual health and justice
    • Reproductive maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH).
  7. Non-Communicable Diseases; Injuries and Mental Health
    • Cardiovascular diseases (such as heart attacks and stroke)
    • Cancers
    • Chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma)
    • Diabetes and other NCDs
    • Injuries
    • Behavioral and mental health research.
  8. Infectious Diseases
    • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
    • Bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections
    • Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
    • Vector-borne diseases
    • Infectious disease modeling and surveillance
    • Zoonotic diseases
    • Vaccine development and immunization
    • Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
    • Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
    • Innovations in diagnostics and therapeutics
    • Outbreak investigations.
  9. Others
    • Other than the above-mentioned topics.

Note: We will prioritize to policy relevant abstracts