Since 2010, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has partnered with NFCC to create an HPV working group in Kathmandu and build a network throughout the country. NFCC, in conjunction with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (PI: Dr. Sadeep Shrestha), is one of the first organizations in Nepal to investigate the prevalence and social determinants of HPV infection and HPV risk behavior in Nepali women in different geographic regions.
NFCC is a national NGO working on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for more than 30 years in Nepal. It has worked in all the 77 districts in Nepal and has offices in four of the newly created 7 provinces of Federal Nepal. With the objective to supplement and complement the Government of Nepal’s Public Health programs, NFCC has established itself as a pioneer and leader in the public health sector by introducing many innovative programs and interventions that have become a mainstay in Nepal’s national programs. Social Franchising, Quality of Care in health services, piloting of contraceptive methods, Sexually Transmitted Infections have all been major parts of NFCC’s portfolio for the past three decades. Within the last ten years, NFCC has strengthened its position as a public health leader by starting work on HPV/cervical cancer and menstrual health for the first time in Nepal.
Dr. Sadeep Shrestha, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Dr. Sadeep Shrestha is a recipient of the Quetelet Endowed Professorship in Public Health and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UAB. His background spans in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, epidemiology, and forensic science and has experience with host genetics, genomics, and epigenetic studies. In collaboration with NFCC and the Ministry of Health in Nepal, He has initiated pilot projects of HPV and cervical pre-cancer and cancer testing in Nepal with the commitment to help establish a national screening program in Nepal. To date, NFCC and UAB collaborative efforts have enabled these institutions to educate communities on HPV and Cervical Cancer, assist the Ministry of Health with Cervical Cancer screening and implementation guidelines, network with social workers, academia, physicians, and hospitals, and map HPV prevalence in Nepal.
We work closely with relevant Government counterparts to complement and supplement the Government of Nepal National Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention Program to ensure every Nepali woman between the age of 30-60 years have access to cervical cancer screening and thereafter, if required appropriate care and treatment.
The Ministry of Health and Population under the Government of Nepal is the focal agency where our work on cervical cancer and HPV is concentrated. Within the Ministry of Health and Population, we work with the following divisions/departments directly or indirectly to further the work we do on cervical cancer and HPV.
We have been working actively in HPV and cervical cancer since 2014. Since then we have conducted many cervical cancer screening camps across Nepal. The purposes of conducting camps are:
- To screen women of age group 30 to 60
- To make the appropriate referral center
- To conduct the research to build the evidence-based study