Dr. Meghnath Dhimal, Chief Research Officer of the Nepal Health Research Council, discusses the how the council and Ministry of Health & Population utilizes Global Burden of Disease Study data and information. The GBD is a powerful tool for health researchers, policymakers, economists, epidemiologists, and many others.
Transcript: Namaskar, and greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal Health Research Council, Ministry of Health and Populations, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation signed a memorandum of understanding in 2019 to define Global Burden of Disease estimates for Nepal. As a part of this collaboration, we published the Nepal Burden of Disease report using GBD 2017 data in April 2019. This report examines health outcomes in Nepal, specifically looking at the fatal and non-fatal outcomes and risk factors. Based on the findings of this report, we produced policy briefs, made several presentations in the workshops, and advocated for utilizing this filing policy and planning. Accordingly, government of Nepal has allocated budget in health sector, including for research. Hence, Burden of Disease findings can contribute for equitable allocations of the resources in the low- and middle-income country like Nepal. Thank you.
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