Nepal (Fulbright S&T awardee 2011)
Biraj Karmacharya is a Ph.D. student in Public Health at Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington. His research focuses on epidemiological analysis of the maternal health trends since 1990 in developing countries with a special focus on health systems. His research aims to identify best practices in health systems in relation to maternal health in developing countries. Moreover, he hopes that the epidemiological model that he plans to develop for this analysis also has potential to be applied for other health issues in developing countries.
Biraj completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from College of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu University, Nepal. He also received a Master of Science in Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University, Thailand. He worked at Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital, as the Chief of the Department of Community Programmes. Through Dhulikhel Hospital, has been extensively involved in developing and setting up community based health endeavors in rural Nepal. Organizing women through the microfinance and empowerment programs, training them in health issues, and then mobilizing them for community health programs has been one of his major successes, among a range of other novel approaches to rural health systems in the country. Biraj believes that these projects may be very useful for rural health care applications in other developing countries as well. As the Coordinator of International Collaborations at Dhulikhel Hospital, he has been very involved in forging collaborations with various international institutions and is has been engaged in setting up the hospital’s Institute of Global Health.