Meghnath Dhimal

Chief/Senior Research Officer

Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Government of Nepal


I had curiosity about how changing environment affects human health from my early childhood. The questions I had in my mind and the environment where I was brought up, in rural Nepal, planted the seed of nature lover in me. The environment where I was brought up led me to study Environmental Science and the questioning mind led to my professional career as an Environmental Health Scientist. I started my career as an Environmental Health Research Officer in 2005 and has been working as a Chief/Senior Research Officer since 2010 at the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Government of Nepal. I also work as a Guest Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, Social Medicine and Environmental Medicine, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I completed my PhD in Geo-sciences (Environmental Health Sciences) from the Goethe University in 2015 and my PhD dissertation on "Effects of climatic and non-climatic factors on the spatiotemporal distributions of vector-borne diseases in Nepal". For my PhD studies, I received a German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) full scholarship. Achieving both practical and theoretical advances in environmental and public health research, I led research projects on environmental and climate change, non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases and health systems research in Nepal. Recognizing my contribution in the field of climate change and health, I was awarded with the “Young Scientists Award of the Year 2015” by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 2015. I also received the Nepal Bidhyabhushan “Ka” Award of the Year 2016 by Rt. Hon President of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in 2016. Based on demonstrated excellence in research and commitment to advance society, I have been selected as a Member of the Global Young Academy which is an independent academy of 200 early career scholars covering all areas of the sciences and humanities and every geographical region around the world. I have also been nominated as a member of the Global Burden of Disease collaborator network and also have been selected as a winner of New Voices in Global Health Programme 2017 to attend the World Health Summit (15-17 October, 2017), in Berlin, Germany. I have made substantial contributions to developing environmental health and climate change programmes and policies. In Nepal examples include health sector implementation plans and strategies, National Adaptation Programme of Actions to climate change (NAPA), Local Adaptation Programme of Actions to climate change (LAPA), Pilot Programme on Climate Resilient (PPCR), Climate Change Policy 2011, Health-National Adaption Plan to climate change (H-NAP) and National Adaptation Plan to climate change (NAP) development in Nepal. I have also served the World Health Organization (WHO) in the capacity of Temporary Adviser as well as in the capacity of Climate Change and Health Expert. My research interests include climate change and health, emerging infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases and gender perspectives on human health.

2 FEB, 2018 13:00-15-00 hrs. PS3.3 Climate Change and Emerging Diseases: The Importance of Resilient Societies