Research and Publications

With support of UNICEF, NFCC in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University is working on documenting empowerment outcomes of adolescent girls reached through the “Rupantaran” program. The proposed joint documentation will use an innovative technology-based concept mapping software to develop a scale to document empowerment. The findings of the joint documentation will be used to advocate with the Government at all levels to mainstream “Rupantaran” so that a large number of adolescents across the country can be equipped with social and financial skills to better manage their day to day lives, influence decisions affecting them and succeed at adulthood.

Prevalence of head and neck cancer (HNC) is very high in Nepal; however, there is no official national data. The absence of cancer data in Nepal is primarily attributable to the lack of cancer registries, as well as hospitals not adequately equipped to collect information. Cancer registries will help bring the activities and findings of different health institutions and organizations under one umbrella and increase the efficiency of these organizations in controlling cancer in Nepal.

“A pilot study on the epidemiology of head and neck cancer in Kathmandu based hospital” is a research-based study that will be conducted with a collaborative effort between the University of Alabama (UAB), National Cancer Hospital and Research Center (NCHRC) and NFCC. This study aims to banking of biological specimen, establish hospital-based head and neck cancer cohort, survey and assess environmental, regional and demographic risk factors of head and neck cancer and determines the prevalence of HPV types in head and neck cancer biopsy samples.

Focus Area          : National 
Donor                  : UNFPA 

With technical assistance from WHO, the Family Health Division (FHD) under the Ministry of Health and Population Nepal (MoHP) developed the National Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention (CCSP) for Nepal in 2010. A National Implementation Plan was developed for 2013-15 with the aim to screen at least 50% of the target population within five years and to reduce mortality due to cervical cancer with at least 10%. NFCC has been contracted by UNFPA to update the National Implementation Plan for the period of 2016-2020. It is expected that the said plan will encompass targets, goals, budget and mechanisms for cervical cancer screening in Nepal for the next five years.   

This is a research project funded by British Academy through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). NFCC is collaborating with Liverpool John Moores University, SOAS University of London and Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu in exploring the origins, diversity and impacts of local, social, religious, and cultural menstrual practices in Nepal, which deny women and girls the right to a healthy and dignified period. This research will give major insight into development of innovative strategies to address menstrual exclusion in Nepal.