The Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission, currently led by Prof. Dr. Bhagawan Koirala from Tribhuvan University, is the first group in Nepal that brings experts from diverse disease specialties together to address NCDIs and equity. Commissioners represent a range of fields — medicine, surgery, population epidemiology, economics, and journalism — and a variety of institutions within Nepal — the Ministry of Health, the National Health Research Council, Kathmandu Medical College, Tribhuvan University, Harvard University, University of Washington, Possible Health, and key hospitals and specialty cardiovascular and cancer centers. The Commission held its first meeting in November 2016 and reconvened for a second time in February 2017, both in Kathmandu.
Throughout 2017 and early 2018, the commission conducted a cost analysis and impact assessment of two important innovations for delivering NCDI services to the poor:
A national program that guarantees cardiac surgery, free of charge, for all children with congenital and rheumatic heart disease; and
A country-wide initiative providing all patients below the poverty line with government subsidized medical support for 9 major NCDs.
On 6 June 2019, the Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission met to conduct a mid-term review of Phase II activities, including an in-depth analysis on childhood NCDIs and the integration science facility assessment.
On 3 February 2020, the Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission convened to successfully close out their Phase II activities and launch their Phase III round of initiatives. The Commission’s momentum continues to grow and members are interested in childhood NCDIs and PEN Plus national operational planning in particular.