Free seminar “Research Methods in Environmental Health, Social Science”
Date: January 30, 2018
Time: 17:00 – 17:45
Venue: E108, SERD
Dr. Meghnath Dhimal is working as a Chief/Senior Research Officer at the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Government of Nepal. He is also a Guest Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since 2018, he is an Associate Editor of Global Health Section, BMC Public Health and International Board Member of Health and Social Sciences Journal. He completed his Master Degree in Environmental Sciences from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu in 2004 and PhD in Geo-sciences (Environmental Health Sciences) from the Goethe University in 2015. His PhD dissertation is on “Effects of climatic and non-climatic factors on the spatiotemporal distributions of vector-borne diseases in Nepal”. For his PhD studies, he received a German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) full scholarship. Achieving both practical and theoretical advances in environmental and public health research, he is leading research projects on environmental and climate change, non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases and health systems research in Nepal. Recognizing his contribution in the field of climate change and health, he was awarded with the “Young Scientists Award of the Year 2015” by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 2015. He also received the Nepal Bidhyabhushan “Ka” Award of the Year 2016 by Rt. Hon President of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in 2016. Based on demonstrated excellence in research and commitment to advance society, he has been nominated as a Member of the Global Young Academy for the period 2017-2022 which is an independent academy of 200 early career scholars covering all areas of the sciences and humanities and every geographical region around the world. He has also been nominated as a member of the Global Burden of Disease collaborator network. He is also a winner of New Voices in Global Health Programme 2017 of the World Health Summit (15-17 October, 2017), in Berlin, Germany. He has made substantial contributions to developing environmental health and climate change programmes and policies. In Nepal examples include health sector implementation plans and strategies, National Adaptation Programme of Actions to climate change (NAPA), Local Adaptation Programme of Actions to climate change (LAPA), Pilot Programme on Climate Resilient (PPCR), Climate Change Policy 2011, Health-National Adaption Plan to climate change (H-NAP) and National Adaptation Plan to climate change (NAP) development in Nepal. He has also served the World Health Organization (WHO) in the capacity of Temporary Adviser as well as in the capacity of Climate Change and Health Expert. He has authored more than seven dozen scientific publications. His research interests include climate change and health, emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases and gender perspectives on human health.