Conference 2020

Strengthening Health System in Federal Governance: Opportunity and Gaps

First Nepal Public Health Conference

13-14 June, 2020, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Public Health Association (NEPHA) would like to introduce the First Nepal Public Health Conference 2020 to be held in Kathmandu on 13-14 June 2020.  The theme of the conference is “Strengthening Health System in Federal Governance: Opportunity and Gaps”. 

First Nepal Public Health Conference 2020 will be enriched with sessions from renowned keynote speakers, plenary sessions and presentation on various issues related with health system and federalism. The conference aims to bring together leading public health academicians, international and national public health scientists, researchers and research scholars to share their research and experiences on different aspects of health system and federalism. It provides a platform for health system stakeholders to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the health system during federal governance. First Nepal Public Health Conference will come up with conference deceleration which is expected to guide the country’s future health system in federal context.

Conference Objective

The objective of this conference is to set the stage for improving health system of Nepal in the federal context by:

  • Creating opportunity to acquaint with the good health system practices in federal setting;
  • Fostering health networks and sharing knowledge to identify, discuss and advance health governance & systems thinking;
  • Inspiring  to start new research & learning, strategies, best practices and innovations around health systems and governance;
  • Enhancing capacity amongst the young and emerging public health scientists 


Rationale of Theme

Nepal’s health system experienced a major structural and functional transformation after the country’s political transition from unitary to federal governance in 2017. The country’s administration is now governed by federal government, seven province governments and 753 local governments. The practice of federal governance is completely new for Nepal and the whole world is keeping an eye on the country in its political embarkation.  The sub-national governments currently enjoy more authority and resources than before which could benefit health sector provided that it receives higher priority as compared to other competing sectors. Similarly, the sharing of relationship between the three tiers of government and the capacity of sub-national governments will also affect the health system progress. Health is considered as a fundamental right and has been mandated by the Constitution of Nepal and national health policy. The conference is planned at a right time to track the health system progress against policy mandate and set future strategic directions through exchange of evidence, expertise and experience.  The conference will engage public health practitioners from all provinces of the country for a fruitful discussion. Due to the change in the system of governance there are various challenges and opportunities that Nepal is facing and could face to achieve its desired outcomes in public health. There are very limited studies which look health sector progress from the lens of health system. This conference will play a pivotal role in this regard for advocating health system reforms by engaging health system actors at all levels, utilizing evidence to suggest policy reforms and brining in front the health system deficiencies as well as actions required through a rigorous review of health system in current federal governance. 

Call for abstracts

We encourage conference participants to submit abstracts of original research conducted in or after 2017 for oral or poster presentation, interesting case studies and public health innovations, project evaluation, rigorous analysis of health system based on one of the aforementioned themes to the scientific committee not later than 08 May 2020. The papers presented on the conference will be provided on Conference proceedings. We invite researchers to not only present the results of their research papers, but also to describe the extent to which it has influenced upon policies and programs. Awards will be available for best presenters based on the recommendation of the review committee.  The abstract submission guideline is available at (website link)

The conference will explore the following sub-themes. 

    • Leadership and Governance
    • Health System Financing towards achieving Universal Health Coverage
    • Health commodities and Supply 
    • Human resource for health
    • Service delivery (catering the people’s health needs)
    • Engaging communities, including civil society organizations and private sectors (health in all policies)
    • Research and innovations including information system
    • Social accountability in health sector
    • Emerging Public Health Challenges (outbreak and epidemics, disasters, non-communicable diseases, mental health problems and other neglected public health issues) 
    • Strengthening sub national health systems 


Call for collaboration

Interested government and non-government organizations, development partners as well as universities interested to support the conference by technical and financial means can contact the organizing committee for detailed terms of collaboration. The organizing committee is happy to collaborate with any stakeholders working in health and non-health sector and whose areas of work contribute to the theme of the conference. 

Conference Committee

The NEPHA Executive Committee has set up following sub-committees for organizing the conference. 

  1. Conference Advisory Committee
Mr. Shree Krishna Bhatta
  1. Conference Organizing Committee
Dr. Krishna Man Shakya
  1. Scientific Committee
Mr. Dipak Karki
  1. Communication & Publication  Committee
Mr. Binod Regmi
  1. Logistic & local management committee
Mr. Binod Joshi
  1. Finance & Resource Management committee
Mr. Maheshwar Shrestha



A minimum of 800 participants are expected in the conference. The conference is open for both national as well as international participants. Interested public health professionals, health system researchers, academia, health care professionals and students are encouraged to attend the event by registering online through (website link) on or before 22 May 2020. The confirmation of the registration will be only after the payment of the conference registration fees. All the conference delegates including the NEPHA’s executive committee and sub-committee members are required to pay the registration fees. 

Conference Registration Fee

Registration Categories Early Bird Registration (NRs)
NEPHA member
General Delegates (Nepal)
Institutional Delegates
International participants 
Nepalese Students*


*Students need to submit a copy of proof of student status (ie: Student ID Card) upon payment and need to present the original student card at the registration counter during the event. The conference registration fee will include participant’s certificates, stationary and lunch.

Venue: Kathmandu (Specific venue will be announced in the website)

About the organizer

Nepal Public Health Association (NEPHA) is a non-governmental, non- profit and nonpolitical organization of public health professionals in Nepal. NEPHA aims to organize all the public health professionals and develop their professional abilities for rendering quality and people centered health care services in the country. Since its establishment in 1990, NEPHA has strived to organize itself and to network among all the Nepalese public health professionals working throughout the country and abroad. NEPHA has more than one thousand members working in various agencies throughout the country. Over the period, NEPHA has been involved in providing inputs to the government and nongovernment sectors on various events for improving the health care system. NEPHA has also organized various health awareness and advocacy activities, and also conducted studies on important public health issues.