Ms. Sudeepa Khanal is a public health professional with five years of experience in health research and large-scale project management. Her key expertise combines identifying gaps in health service delivery, understanding the needs of the community, and designing/implementing appropriate intervention packages as well as assessing their effectiveness. She has substantial experience of conducting operational research projects related to both communicable and non-communicable diseases particularly Tuberculosis, Tobacco control, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. She is also adept at handling the managerial as well as technical aspects of large consortia involving multi-parties.
She has hands on experience in designing Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials (leaflets, posters, desk guides for health workers, flipbook) related to tobacco and tuberculosis.
2011 – Master’s in International Health, University of Leeds, UK
Work undertaken that best illustrates capability to handle the tasks assigned
TB-Tobacco Project: She is the Project Coordinator for this three-year (2016 to 2018) multi-country study to test the integration of inexpensive tobacco cessation strategies of proven efficacy into TB control programmes. The RCT has two arms: (a) behavioural support including; and (b) behavioural support including cytisine with nicotine replacement drug to be tested. This study is being implemented in Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In Nepal, only the first arm, i.e., behavioural support intervention in health facilities will be implemented.
Development and implementation of supervision and patient support approach in Drug Resistant TB management programme in Nepal (2011-2016), DfID & COMDIS funded: As a Project Lead, she was responsible for effective implementation of the project activities including identifying gaps in the current service delivery mechanism, identifying needs of the drug resistant TB patients and collaboratively (with the National Tuberculosis Centre) designing an appropriate intervention at the health facility level.
Analysis of the Urban Health Policy development process in Nepal: As lead researcher for this research, Ms. Khanal conducted qualitative interviews with the stakeholders involved in the policy formulation process, led the analysis of the data and paper writing process. Based on the findings, Ms. Khanal has been advocating various aspects of Urban Health Policy development in appropriate platforms.
National Housing Reconstruction Programme, Government of Nepal and World Bank funded project: This government led national survey envisaged to collect first-hand information from all the household of the 14 earthquake affected districts. As a core team member, Ms. Khanal undertook the responsibility of recruiting over 2500 engineers using a standardized recruitment process, played a supportive role in training and logistics management.
Khanal, S, King, R., Baral, SC, Bhatta, BR, and Newell, JN. Development of a patient-centred, psychosocial support intervention for MDR-TB care in Nepal, 2017
Khanal, S, Baral, SC, Shrestha, P, Puri, M, Kandel, S, Lamichanne, B, Elsey, H., Brouwer, M, Goel, S, and Chinnakali, P. “Yield of intensified tuberculosis case finding activities using Xpert MTB/RIF among risk groups in Nepal, 2016
Elsey, H, Khanal, S, Manandhar, S, Sah, D, Baral, SC, Siddiqi, K, and Newell, JN. Understanding Implementation and Feasibility of Tobacco Cessation in Routine Primary Care in Nepal: a mixed methods study, 2016
Dogar, O, Elsey, H, Khanal, S, Siddiqi, K. Challenges of implementing tobacco cessation interventions in TB programmes: Case studies from Nepal and Pakistan. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 00(0), 1–8 c 2016. doi:10.1017/jsc.2015.20
Elsey, H, Manandhar, S, Sah, D, Khanal, S, MacGuire, F, King, R, Wallace, H and Baral, SC. “Public Health Risks in Urban Slums: Findings of the Qualitative ‘Healthy Kitchens Healthy Cities’ Study in Kathmandu, Nepal” Submitted to Plos One (Awaiting response)