Key organisations in the Nepal leptospirosis project

The key organisations involved in this project are the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Nepal Health Research Council, and Kaski District Public Health Office within the Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Population, and the Central Regional Livestock Directorate, the Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) and the Kaski District Livestock Service Office (DLSO) within the Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agricultural Development. Other non-ministerial organisations that are contributing to this project include Child Health and Environment Save Society Nepal, Purbanchal University, and the Walter Reed AFRIMS Research Unit Nepal, the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS).

Key people

Project Coordinator  

Mr Milan Gautam   Program Development Officer   Child Health and Environment Save Society (CHESS), Pokhara

Principal Investigators

Dr Pragya Koirala   Veterinary Officer   Central Veterinary Laboratory, Kathmandu
Mr Ramesh Adhikari   Senior Public Health Administrator   Department of Public Health, Pokhara


Dr Gyan Bahadur   Public Health Officer   Department of Health Services, Kathmandu
Mr Rojan Dahal   Lecturer   Purbanchal University, Biratnagar
Dr Shiva Devkota   Veterinary Officer   Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Pokhara
Dr Kedar Raj Pandey   Director   Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Pokhara


Dr Salina Manadhar   Senior Veterinary Officer   Central Veterinary Laboratory, Kathmandu
Dr Vijay Jha   Senior Veterinary Officer   National FMD and TADs Laboratory, Kathmandu
Dr Ganesh Raj Pant   Senior Veterinary Officer   Rabies Vaccine Production Laboratory, Kathmandu
Mr Bishnu Upadhyay   Microbiologist   National Public Health Laboratory, Kathmandu
Adl Prof Ishwari Paudel   Additional Professor   BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Sunsari
Mr Baburam Marasini   Senior Health Administrator   Ministry of Health & Population(MOHP), Kathmandu
Dr Yuva Raj Pokharel   Senior Integrated Medical Officer   Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Kathmandu
Dr Barun Sharma   Veterinary Officer   Directorate of Animal Health, Kathmandu
Dr Hom Basnet   Head   Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, TU, Chitwan

Contracting Organisation-Heifer Project Nepal

Dr Shubh Mahato   President & Country Director   Heifer Country office, Kathmandu
Dr Keshav Prasad Sah  
Project Manager
  Heifer Country office, Kathmandu

Project Mentors

Prof Cord Heuer    Professor   EpiCentre, Massey University
Prof Laurie Miller   Professor   Tufts University, Boston

Technical Advisor

Dr Julie Collins-Emerson   mEpiLab Lab Manager & Research Officer   mEpiLab, Massey University

Project Activity Coordinator

Dr Joanna McKenzie   Consultant Epidemiologist  

EpiCentre, Massey University