Kedar Baral

Prof Kedar Baral

Professor of Public Health and MPH Program Director
Institution: Patan Academy of Health Sciences
Current Insitution Location: Nepal

Phone Number: +977-1-5545-112
Website: Go to website

Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
Since 2010 my interests have pivoted to areas of teaching, in particular, community-centric learning, an outcome of my successful affiliation with Patan Academy of Health Sciences. Deemed innovative, PAHS works to promote high-quality education to those from disadvantaged backgrounds and as a professor, I am able to facilitate these students’ in their quest to learn. Over the years, I have observed migrants’ to be among the most disadvantaged groups. My first brush in with the problems in migrant health dates back to 1992 when I was stationed as a medical officer in the rural parts of Nepal investigating HIV and STI. Since then, I have successfully been involved in numerous project assessments, designs and evaluations on HIV and migrants for local groups, NGOs as well as donor agencies including UNAIDS and ICCO The Netherlands. Being as it is a member of the policy forum at the Ministry of Health and population, I am also an active policy advocate. In fact, Ministry of Health has nominated me as a team leader in a study centered on the Health Status of Nepalese Migrant Workers in Malaysia. Currently, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, we at Patan Academy of Health Sciences are starting a Migration Health Center which will have two divisions, (1) Service wing, and (2) Research wing. Additionally, I have also been working with a Malaysian Researcher to study the cases of death of Nepalese migrant workers in Malaysia.

My current areas of research and program interest are as follows: 1. Pre-departure preparation and health assessment 2. Health promotion and skill development of migrant 3. Adaptive behavior development 4. Infectious diseases among migrants 5. Lifestyle and Non-communicable disease among migrant 6. Identification of causes of death among Nepalese migrant workers in Malaysia and the Middle East.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Left-behind migrant families (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Migrant Workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

International/Cross-Border Migration
Human trafficking (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Adolescent health
Allergy & Immunology
Climate change
Community participation in health
Disaster preparedness and response
Disease surveillance
Elderly health
Evidence-based reviews
Family medicine
Family practice
Global health diplomacy
Health administration
Health and human rights
Health assessment/ medical examination
Health care financing
Health communication
Health diplomacy/ international relations
Health economics
Health law
Health policy
Health promotion/ Health education
Health systems research
Human resources for health
Humanitarian health interventions
Immigration health examinations
Infectious diseases
Internal medicine
Labour migration and health
Maternal and child health
Medical anthropology
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases (NCD)
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Physical medicine & rehabilitation
Preventive medicine
Primary health care
Public Health
Research ethics
Sexual and reproductive health
Trauma and injury
Trauma medicine
Travel medicine
Vaccine preventable diseases/immunization
Violence and health

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Descriptive study: Major Health Problem of Nepali Migrant workers in Malaysia 2017 Asia and the PacificMalaysia Principal Investigator
Identification of major health problem of migrants and appropriate response 2017 Principal Investigator

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Accelerating Progress towards Reaching Sustainable Development Goals Kedar Prasad Baral, Uday Narayan Yadav, & Gehanath Baral 2018
Neonatal Home Care Practices and Care Seeking Behaviour in Rural Makwanpur of Nepal Kedar Prasad Baral, K.L. Hunter, Sudarshan Poudel, S. Koirala, T. Rezai, & Shambhu Kumar Upadhyay 2018
Population based need assessment of palliative care in rural Nepal Paras Kumar Acharya, Kedar Baral, Dan Munday, & Rajesh N Gongal 2017
Teamwork among midwives during neonatal resuscitation at a maternity hospital in Nepal Johan Wrammert, Sabitri Sapkota, Kedar Baral, Ashish KC, Mats Målqvist, & Margareta Larsson 2017
Implementing Multisector Nutrition Programs in Ethiopia and Nepal: Challenges and Opportunities From a Stakeholder Perspective Eileen Kennedy, Habtamu Fekadu, Shibani Ghosh, Kedar Baral, Dale Davis, Diplav Sapkota, & Patrick Webb 2016
Women living with HIV/AIDS (WLHA), battling stigma, discrimination and denial and the role of support groups as a coping strategy: A review of literature Vikas Paudel, & Kedar P Baral 2015