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Organization Contact Information

Name: Health Research and Social Development Forum (HERD)
Street 1: PO Box 24133, Thapathali
Street 2:
City: Kathmandu
Province: Kathmandu
Post Code: 0000
Country: Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4238045
Organization Email:
Web Site:
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Sushil
Last Name: Baral
Title: Executive Director
Phone: +977-1-4238045

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Ramila
Last Name: Bhandari
Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Phone: +977-1-4102072

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
The Health Research and Social Development Forum (HERD) is an independent, non-profit NGO established by a group of skilled professionals with considerable experience in health systems and social development. It aims to promote quality of life of people, especially of women, the poor and excluded, by delivering feasible and effective interventions. The main objective is to contribute development, implementation and scale up evidence-based and cost-effective interventions in health and social sector. It supports the government initiatives aimed at poverty reduction in line with the Millennium Development Goals and targets. Our vision is a world that ensures the good health and well-being of all people. Our mission is to promote evidence based quality health research and ensure sustainable social development, working towards an improved quality of life for all.
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Provision of drugs, diagnostics and commodities
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 26 - 50
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 51 - 99
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in TB control provision
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Information on developments within the TB world
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: Nepal
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Nepal has adopted Stop Tb Strategy and HERD is implementing key elements of new stop TB strategy with a focus on PPM/ISTC, TB/HIV, reaching to vulnerable groups, urban TB control, promoting Patients' Charter for TB care. We are also contribution to NTP developing funding proposals, policies, strategies and guidelines including training manuals.

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Nepal
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Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Providing support to NTP Nepal to expand TB services in hard to access areas including urban slums and hills through establishment of Tb service centres and ACSM especially to unreached groups. Advocating patients' charter for tuberculosis care thus promoting patient centered approach. Working with TB people affected with TB.

Drug-Resistant TB:
Developing supervision and patient support package for DR TB patients considering needs of patients. We work with NTP in developing and implementing the patient centered approach.

Technical assistance to NTP in developing policy, guidelines, training modules at national level. Member of national TB HIV collaboration committee, a technical lead. District level implementation, ensuring links between DOTS and VCT centres, training to health care providers. Capacity development of PLHA in delivering community based TB HIV activities. Development of IEC materials, scale up of national TB HIV collaboration plan.

Fundamental Research:
Completed a randomised controlled trial comparing community based and family based TB treatment delivery in hill districts of Nepal. Developed PPM model in TB control in collaboration with NTP and instrumental in scaling up PPM in other major cities in Nepal. DR TB - developing an understanding on modality of supervision and patient support and feasibility of implementation. Understanding patient centered approach in TB care. Urban health and social determinants in TB control - a new areas of understanding.

We conduct various operational research in areas identified by the NTP Nepal i.e. PPM ISTC, TB HIV collaboration, ACSM, development of IEC materials and their use, NTP training materials for various groups, patient centered care, understanding case finding approaches, capacity development of frontline health care providers, DR TB management, KAP in TB,gender equality in TB services,


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Last updated: July 23, 2013