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There are very few medical doctors in Nepal practicing preventive medicine (public health). My interest in public health grew in early 1998 when I worked in a remote village in Nepal. Personal and environmental hygiene was so poor that diarrhoeal diseases were very common. Investigation of outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases, pyrexia of unknown origin etc. exposed me to Epidemiological studies.
As the company I worked for employed more than 2500 employees, it was my responsibility to take care of them and prevent them from developing work related health problems. That is how I developed interest in occupational and environmental medicine, which led to Masters Degree study in that field in 2000. My research work on occupational lung cancer was the first study in Occupational Medicine in Nepal.
I am the only Occupational Physician in Nepal registered in the Nepal Medical Council. I have done many research work in Occupational and environmental health in Nepal. I have also drafted National Policy and Strategy for investigation, treatment and compensation of occupational injuries/diseases in Nepal, which is incorporated in recent Labour Act (2017) and Rules (2018) of Nepal. I serve as member for several national and international scientific committees.
I have also involved in activities/ studies on violence and injuries prevention in Nepal since 2006 as a National Consultant for WHO/Ministry of Health and Population. My PhD work was partly based on those activities conducted from 2007 to 2009. My activities were focused on assisting the Nepal Government in formulating policies, strategies and action plans in injuries, violence and disabilities prevention.
My major contributions to injury prevention in Nepal are the 1) Development of National injury and violence recording and reporting format, 2)Development of draft National Action Plan for prevention and control of violence and injury in Nepal, 3) Development of training manual for doctors and health workers for Prevention and Control of Violence, Injuries, and Disabilities, 4) Development of National Strategies for Prevention and Control of Violence, Injuries, and Disabilities in Nepal, 5)Advocacy of National Strategies for prevention and control of violence, injuries, and disabilities (December 2011), 6) Finalization of National Policies and Strategies for prevention and control of violence, injuries and disabilities and 7) Various research activities.
Kathmandu Medical College in collaboration with the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK received the NHS National Institute for Health Research Global Health Research funding for 2017 - 2020 to establish Nepal Injury Research Center (NIRC) in Nepal. I am Director for NIRC Nepal. I am also Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, UWE, Bristol, UK.
I am involved in research on violence against women (VAW), namely domestic violence and trafficking of women and girls. WG Trafficking in Nepal was also a theme for my Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Department of Gender Studies, Linkoping University, Sweden. Recently, I am supervising few PhD/ MD candidates who are doing research work on gender based violence in Nepal.
I am the only Graduate Member (Grad IOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, UK from Nepal. I was also nominated as International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) National Secretary for Nepal for the tenures 2009-2012 and 2015-2017. I have been elected as the Board Member of ICOH for the triennium 2018 - 2021.
As social service is an integral part of our life, I am involved in a non profit and non political organization working for the education and welfare of the Nepalese students “Worldwide Nepalese Students’ Organisation –Nepal (WNSO- Nepal). I am the Founder President and Chief Patron of WNSO-Nepal.
Above all, I am working as the Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine at Kathmandu Medical College where I teach undergraduate and post graduate medical students. Beside that I also supervise graduate and doctoral students from different countries as a local supervisor. Till now I have guided students from Linkoping University and Linnaeus University, Sweden; University of Oslo and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Stony Brook School of Medicine and Yale University, USA; and Kobe University, Japan.
If you are interested in developing collaborative projects with me in Nepal (mainly in the field of occupational and environmental health, OHS, gender studies, diabetology, injury and violence prevention) please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
Contact me at:
Department of Community Medicine
Kathmandu Medical College
Baburam Acharya Sadak