Dr. Kishori Mahat is a public health professional with over ten years of experience at sub-national, national and international levels. Her technical expertise extends to numerous areas in public health including maternal, newborn and child health; adolescent and reproductive health; nutrition, gender and women’s health, health systems strengthening,health financing, health program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and clinical research.
She is currently employed with HERD International as Quality Assurance and Regulation Advisor and is seconded to the Ministry of Health as part of the National Health Sector Support Programme III (NHSSP 3).
2012- Flagship course on Health System Strengthening and Sustainable Financing, Harvard school of Public Health in partnership with GIZ and USAID, Nepal.
2007- Master of Public health (MPH), Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
2003- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Z. H. Sikder Womens’ Medical College, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
Work undertaken that best illustrates capability to handle the tasks assigned
Advisor Health and Nutrition, World Concern, Yangon, Myanmar: As Advisor for Health and Nutrition, Dr. Mahat led and conducted the Nutritional Causal Analysis in Kayin State in Myanmar. She worked in partnerships with UN agencies, civil societies and I/NGOs for coordinated action in health and nutrition.
Technical Officer, Program Planning, Partnerships and Coordination, WHO SEARO, New Delhi, India: Her role was to provide technical support to WHO member states of South East Asia Region (SEAR) in implementing and monitoring the public health flagship priorities of the Regional Director. This included; Measles and Rubella elimination, universal health coverage with focus on strengthening human resources for health and essential medicines, combating antimicrobial resistance, and prevention of non-communicable diseases. She was also responsible to provide guidance in WHO program budget planning, monitoring and evaluation with the effort to achieve organizational goal and contribute in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Technical Officer, Regional Director’s Office (RDO), WHO-SEARO, New Delhi, India: As Technical Officer, Dr. Mahat liaised with technical departments and WHO Country Offices in implementing the priority public health programs of the Regional Director, particularly the unfinished MDGs. As planning, monitoring, evaluation, and resource mobilization focal point, one of her roles was to ensure adequate fund was mobilized and allocated to the priority programs.
Health Specialist, Child Health and Survival, UNICEF, Country office, Nepal: As a Health Specialist, Dr. Mahat provided technical assistance to Department of Health Services (DoHS), Government of Nepal in the development and implementation of child health policies, strategies, and programs particularly; immunization, Integrated Management of Childhood Illness and newborn Health programs.
National Professional Officer, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Heath and Gender and Women’s Health, WHO Country Office, Nepal: Dr. Mahat was responsible for technical support to Family Health Division, Ministry of Health in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, gender and women’s health, and healthy ageing. She also served as the regional resource person for the UN One Health costing Tool.
Singh A, Mahat K. 2014. Country contributions to universal health coverage in the South-East Asia Region. WHO-HQ Newsletter on Health Systems and Innovation
Thapa B, Thapa A, Mahat K et al. 2013. Neonatal Sepsis as a major cause of morbidity in a Tertiary care centre in Kathmandu. J Nepal Med Assoc; 52(192):549-56
Walker SL, PG Nicholls, Mahat K et al. 2012. A comparison of the change in clinical severity scale score and a retrospective physician assessment of neurological outcome in individuals with leprosy associated nerve function impairment after treatment with corticosteroids. Lepr Rev; 83(2):154-63
Walker SL, PG Nicholls, Mahat K et al. 2011. Phase Two Randomised Controlled Double Blind Trial of High Dose Intravenous Methylprednisolone and Oral Prednisolone versus Intravenous Normal Saline and Oral Prednisolone in Individuals with Leprosy Type 1 Reactions and/or Nerve Function Impairment in Nepal. Journal of Neglected Tropical Diseases; Vol 5; No 4
Mahat K, O Pacheun, P Taechaboonsermsak. 2010. Intention to accept vasectomy among married men in Kathmandu, Nepal. Asia Journal of Public Health;Vol.1; No. 1. 8
B Thapa, D Karn, K Mahat. 2010. Emerging trends of nosocomial Citrobacter species surgical wound infection: concern for infection control. Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology; Vol 9; No 1