Research and Program
Anand Tamang is the founding Director of the CREHPA. He has over 38 years of professional research experience – first 10 years in India where he worked for Operations Research Group, Baroda, Gujarat (1979-1989). His research skills /expertise are in the field of population; SRHR including family planning, abortion; gender; and GBV including child early and forced marriage. Mr. Tamang is the co-founder and National Coordinator, Girls Not Brides Nepal and Steering Committee member of Asia Safe Abortion Partners (ASAP). He had completed M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1980.
Mahesh Puri, MSc. PhD
Dr. Mahesh Puri is Co-Director of the CREHPA. Dr. Puri has been actively involved in the areas of reproductive and sexual health and rights related research studies and programme for more than 20 years in Nepal. His areas of expertise are on mixing of qualitative and quantitative research methods in researching sensitive topics of reproductive and sexual health and rights. His current research focuses on family planning, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, men’s health, unintended pregnancy and abortion. He has extensive experiences to engage concerned national level stakeholders in the research process and results uptake. He holds PhD in Demography and Social Statistics from University of Southampton, UK and MSc. in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research, from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK. Dr. Puri has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as reports, policy briefs and communication articles.
Dev Chandra Maharjan
Dev Chandra Maharjan works as a Data Manager, manages data of all the projects under CREHPA. He has over 8 years of professional experience on data management. He completed his MSc in economics from Tribhuwan University. He is passionate about learning and exploring his working areas.
Minakshi Dahal works as a Research Associate at CREHPA. She has been involved in implementing various research projects on sexual and reproductive health, gender, non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health including policy analysis and longitudinal studies at CREHPA. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. She enjoys reading nonfiction and exploring new places.
Achala Shrestha works as a Senior Research Officer at CREHPA. She has been working in CREHPA since 2013. She has over 20 years’ experience in various public health field such as safe abortion, family planning, gender-based violence and sexual behaviour, maternal health, adolescent health including sexual and reproductive health and rights. Specifically, she is involved in most of the projects related to abortion. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Tribhuwan University in 1999.
Kusum Wagle works as a Senior Research Officer and is a Thematic Team Leader for Adolescent and Young People at CREHPA. Since 2017, Ms. Wagle has been involved in implementing various research projects mostly related to sexual and reproductive health of women, men, adolescents and young people. She pursued her Master’s in Public Health from James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh in 2016 as a WHO Tropical Disease Research Scholar. She enjoys listening to music and travelling.
Sunita Karki works as a Senior Research Officer at CREHPA. She is currently leading a longitudinal study entitled Nepal Turnaway Study. She has over 5 years’ experience in public health research. Ms. Karki holds a Master’s degree in Public health from American International University, Bangladesh and is passionate about travelling and listening to music.
Bipul Lamichhane works as a Research Officer. He has over 4 years’ experience in the field of public health. He has obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from Western Sydney University. He is passionate about learning music and spending free time indoors reading books.
Sarmila Dhakal works as a Research Officer at CREHPA. She has 4 years of experience in different areas of public health research. She pursued her MSc. in Public Health from University of Southern Denmark. She is passionate about drawing, travelling and exploring new places.
Pragya Pokharel works as a Research Officer at CREHPA. She has over 6 years’ experience in Sexual and Reproductive health including Safe abortion service and Nutrition. She holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Health from Wageningen University, Netherlands. She is passionate about travelling exotic places to explore food culture.
Yasaswi Dhungel, Senior Field Officer, currently oversees field operations and contributes to monitoring and evaluation of the Nepal Turnaway Study. Mr. Dhungel has been involved in longitudinal studies at CREHPA since 2016. He completed his Bachelors in Development Studies from Kathmandu University and will complete his Masters in International Cooperation and Development in 2022. He enjoys reading non-fiction and is keenly interested in cycling.
Aagya Khanal works as a Senior Field Officer at CREHPA. She has over 3 years’ experience in Sexual and reproductive health and rights. She began her career as a peer educator for Sexual and reproductive health and rights. She believes that health is a fundamental right and to make an impact on the community health which motivated her to graduate as a Public health professional from Nobel College. She is passionate about traveling and her work allows to live up to it perfectly.
Finance and Admin
Sabina Tamang is Senior Manager, Finance & Administration at CREHPA. She has over 27 years’ experience in Finance and Administration. She holds a Master dergree in Business Administration from IGNOU open University. She is passionate about singing/ learning musical instruments / travelling.
Luna Shakya is a Finance Manager at CREHPA. She started her Career on 1 December 2006 as Finance Officer. She is a MBS graduate from Shankar Dev Campus. She has sound knowledge of finance management. She is passionate about knitting, music, and travelling.
Radhika Singh works as a Senior Officer-Information and Administration at CREHPA. She has been working in CREHPA since 1999. She has over 20 years’ experience in Administration. She completed her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus in 2008. She is passionate about travelling.
Sunita Thapa works as Assistant Administrative Manager at CREHPA. She has more than 20 years’ experience in research, administrative work and teaching. She studied Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery from CTEVT. She is passionate about listening to work and help people.
Saraswoti Thapa works as a Finance officer at CREHPA. She has over 7 years’ experience in financial and administrative work. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Kathmandu Don Bosco College. She is passionate about travelling.
Alee Lepcha works as a Finance Assistant.She has 2 years experience in Finance and Administrative work. She holds a Master’s degree. She is passionate about travelling and listening to music.
Meera Panta works as a Finance Assistant. She has 2 years experience in Finance and Administrative work. She is currently studying BBS. She is passionate about travelling and listening to music.
Dipa Rana Magar
Dipa Rana Magar works as a Procurement Assistant. She started her career in 2015 as Front desk Assistant. She is currently studying BBS. She is passionate about knitting and stitching.
Jyoti Rana Magar
Jyoti Thapa Magar is a Front Desk Assistant at CREHPA. She is currently a fourth year student of Bachelor of Business Studies. She is passionate about travelling.
Shiva Hari Rana Chhetri
Shiva Hari Rana Chhetri is a Senior Office Assistant at CREHPA. He has 27 years’ experience as an office assistant.
Harish Chandra Upadhaya
Harish Chandra Upadhaya is working as Office Driver at CREHPA. He has 14 years’ experience in driving.
Sushila Rai is working as Office Assistant at CREHPA. She has 7 years’ experience as office assistant.
Sita Sunuwar is working as Office Assistant at CREHPA. She has 4 years’ experience as office assistant.
Chandra Bahadur Rimal
Chandra Bahadur Rimal works as an Office Guard at CREHPA. He has over 3 years’ experience as Office Guard.
Field Based Staff
Project: Pregnancy Context and Health outcomes of Women and Children in Nepal
Kamala Karki works as Field officer at CREHPA. She has been working in different field of research like, SRHR, mental health, GBV etc. in both qualitative and quantitative research since 18 years at CREHPA. She has completed Bachelor in education. She has good experience in data collection. She is interested to exploring new places and doing research in field.
Bindu Prasai holds 20 years of experience as a Research Assistant and a teacher. She is a BBS graduate and is currently based as a Research Assistant in Surkhet. She is interested in talking to people, doing social work and visiting new places.
Chandani Yadav is currently working as a Research Assistant since past 2 years at CREHPA. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She has been working in different research fields with the aim of expanding her knowledge and exploring new places. Currently, she is working in Sarlahi and Dhanusha district. She is interested in traveling, reading newspaper, helping needy people and making new friends.
Gauri Kumari Bist
Gauri Kumari Bist is a Research Assistant based in Kanchanpur. She has over 8 years of experience in research sector. She is a Staff Nurse and also holds a Masters in Sociology. She likes to visit new places.
Janaki Kumari Timilsina
Janaki Kumari Timilsina has completed Bachelor Degree in Public Health from Pokhara University. She is passionate about working in rural communities and aspire to be a better health educator. She is interested in public health research and translating those findings into public health policy. As a naturally curious person, she finds research and exploration of new ideas to be fascinating. Besides research, she enjoys watching movies and going on hikes.
Nilam Lamichhane is working as Research Assistant at CREHPA since 2 years and has an overall experience of about 6 years in research. She has completed her Masters in Health Education and loves to travel and read books.
Nisha Sharma holds 6 years of experience as a Research Assistant and is currently looking after her work in Dhading and Chitwan. She completed her Bachelors level education. She likes cooking, gardening and listening to music.
Pratima Bista is working as a Research Assistant at CREHPA since 2 years. She feels happy and proud to be a part of the organization. She has done her Bachelors in Public Health. She is interested in exploring the ways of living and interacting with people from different communities. She loves reading books and writing notes. She feels happy to contribute towards the betterment of the society.
Prativa Thakuri is currently working as a Research Assistant in CREHPA since March 2021. She did her Bachelor’s in public health from Pokhara University. She holds more than three years of experience in various projects including sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and WASH. Besides her professional career, she likes to travel and play sports.
Punam Awasthi is working at CREHPA since little over a year. She is a Research Assistant based in Kailali. She has over 3 years of experience in research and as a staff nurse. She completed her Bachelors in Nursing in 2019 and enjoys dancing and traveling.
Punam Kumari Chaudhary
Punam Kumari Chaudhary is working in CREHPA since July 2020. She is working in Pokhara and has completed her BSc Nursing from Birat Health College, Biratnagar. She has 4 years of work experience in research. Her hobbies are to travel to different places, drawing, watching movies, learning new things etc.
Romika Lamsal is a Research Assistant based in Butwal. She holds more than 13years experience in and outside Nepal. She has completed her Bachelors in Nursing and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health. She likes to cook and dance.
Sapana Gautam is a Research Assistant holding 13 years of experience in research area. She has completed her Bachelors studies. She is currently working in Parsa and rejoices reading books, traveling, learning about new culture and cooking.
Sarswati Kumari Chaudhary
Sarswati Kumari Chaudhary is working as a Research Assistant based in Kailali since past 2 years. She has 10 years of experience in research and social mobilization and has completed her education in Auxiliary nurse midwife as well as Bachelors in Education. Her hobby is cooking and visiting new places.
Sharada Pandey is working in Palpa. She has over 10 years of experience as a Research Assistant, supervisor and editor. She has a wide experience in multiple research works in various areas of Nepal. She has been doing both qualitative and quantitative survey as a part of her regular research activities. She likes to travel new places and has completed her Masters in Sociology.
Shiksha Parajuli is working as a Research Assistant in CREHPA. She has completed her Bachelors of Science in nursing. She has four years of experience in the field of research as Research Assistant and as a Nursing instructor. In free time she is more inclined towards arts and crafts and loves to do freelancing works.
Suman Bhandari is working at CREHPA as a Research Assistant since past 2 years. She has an experience of over 4 years in research and advocacy area. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Public Health (BPH) from Kathmandu. Being a public health professional her interest is to work in socio-cultural environment as well as in health sector. Her interest is to work in health and social sector to upgrade her skills and knowledge and have multicultural perspectives of public health. She enjoys doing research on particular subjects related to health issues and also loves gardening.
Shusma Shrestha is the Research Assistant for Sankhuwasabha District. At CREHPA, she is working since past two years and has an experience in research field for about eight years. She has completed her Master Degree in Health Education from Tribhuwan University in 2073 B.S. She is interested in performing research on different social issues and enjoys visiting new places.
Swostika Dotel is currently working as a Research Assistant based in Kathmandu. She has been working at CREHPA since past 2 years. She has completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and is interested in visiting new places and interacting with new people.
Trishna Bhandari has completed her Bachelors in in Public Health from Pokhara University. She is currently working as a Research Assistant based in Chitwan district. She has been involved in several reproductive health related research works in the past. She is interested in writing poems and reading novels.
Zinita Dhakal works as a Research Assistant at CREHPA. She has more than 12 years of experience in research. She is involved in different qualitative and quantitative research and studies related to maternal health, family planning, adolescent health and gender-based violence. She is passionate about travelling and visiting new places and likes to connect with people, mainly the poor and marginalized and share stories and advices on sexual and reproductive health and rights.