The Group for Assistance’s Executive board members:

Deepak Chandra Bajracharya

Master’s degree in Business Administration and attended numerous trainings/ workshops/conferences/seminars; 27 years of experience in development sector. Strategic Planner with experience in designing projects, developing and evaluating proposals and documenting/reporting results, Skillful in using participatory methodologies for planning and research purposes. High personal integrity, and able to drive social mobilization process for creating local capacity of mobile communities, CBOs, Partnerships and Advocacy endeavors, One of the key members to establish Safe Motherhood network, Condom Day and National Reading Campaign. Worked as Technical Advisor for Public Private Partnership for Social Marketing for FP, MCH and HIV/AIDS prevention program funded by Academy for Educational Development/N-MARC/USAID. Worked as team leader for strengthening 6,000 FCHVs in 10 districts for RH referral program funded by Ipas, USA. Worked as team leader for Study to track the inflow/coverage/sustainability of resources for HIV/AIDS programme in Nepal funded by World Bank. Working as team leader for gender based violence – Free Nepal Campaign 2010 funded by TAF. Working as Principle Investigator for Pilot introduction of Vi polysaccharide typhoid vaccine through school-based vaccination program in Kathmandu, Nepal, using cross subsidization scheme funded by International Vaccine Institute, Korea.

Pramod Ratna Bajracharya

Mr. Pramod Bajracharya, Master in Business Administration (MBA) has more than 2 yrs working experiences in international audit organization (Coopers and Lybrand). He has major competencies in financial analysis, budgeting, and internal auditing and prepare manual of operation procedure and quality internal control. He provides accounting/financial training to NGOs and financial monitoring to INGOs. He has good knowledge in computer system (LAN Networking) and support. He has participated in training in internal auditing and quality assurance and possesses membership of The Institute of Internal Auditing (Florida, USA).

Dibya man Karmacharya

Prof. Dr. Dibya Man Karmacharya, Ph.D in International/Intercultural Development Education with over three decades of working experience in education. He has an extensive background of project management, research and evaluation in the field of Education and Communication for national and international agencies. He worked with John Hopkins University/Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS), Nepal Office as a Senior Program Officer and Director of Radio Communication Project for health workers for more than six years. He was also involved with AIDS/IEC coordination committee of NGOs and INGOs in Nepal He worked with several educational institutions as Planning and Evaluation specialist such as Florida State University, Improving Efficiency of Education System (IEES) Project and the Academy for Education Development (ADB). He is experienced in a Primary Education, worked as a Counterpart of the Ministry of Education in Primary Education Project for World Bank and capable of developing and implementing programs on Distance Education.

Anil Thapa

Anil Thapa is Organization Development Manager at Group for Technical Assistance (GTA), Lalitpur, Nepal; an NGO working in public health, research, surveillance, immunization, family planning and nutrition since 1998. He is currently overseeing surveillance and research activities on Enteric Diseases control. He has been involved in numerous research and surveillance activities that include Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS, immunization, cholera and typhoid activities. Anil has graduated in Public Health in 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, he worked at GTA as Research Coordinator for Situation Analysis of Youth Friendly Services in Nepal. From 2012 to June 2014, Anil was employed by District Public Health Office, Lalitpur under Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Population, Government of Nepal (GoN) as District Coordinator where he managed the overall HIV/AIDS and STIs program; worked as resource person for training, research and field implementation of HIV/AIDS, and coordinated the integrated public health programs in the district on behalf of GoN. Anil took the online course on Sexual Health Research on 2012 organized by Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER), and attended the Training workshop on September 2013 at WHO, Geneva as being one of the best performers of the online course. Since November 2013, Anil has been appointed as Country Coordinator for Nepal for GFMER; promoting course and coaching participants at the country level. His key professional interests are Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Health research and Surveillance activities.

Sudarshan Dahal

Shilu Joshi


Dr. Shyam Raj Upreti

Dr. Shyam Raj Upreti has led the National Immunization program in Nepal for a decade. He successfully translated the conclusion from vaccine related studies done globally and in Nepal into the national immunization programs, which hugely benefitted to improve the status of public health in Nepal. Under his leadership, Nepal has achieved the full immunization coverage of more than 90%, and more than five new vaccines have been introduced in routine immunization. His professional career began in 1983 when he worked as a Medical Officer for Ministry of Health and Population. For more than 18 years, Dr. Upreti worked as a Chief of District Public Health Office in many districts of Nepal. In 2004, he took the charge as Chief of National Immunization program under Child Health Division in Department of Health Services and worked in this position till 2009. After 2009, Dr. Upreti worked as the Director of Child Health Division in Department of Health Services in different periods: 2008 to 2010, 2012 to 2013 and 2014. Dr. Upreti also has an experience of working as a Temporary International Professional for WHO/SEARO in 2010 to support the measles catch-up campaign in Chhattisgarh state in India for 3 months. Dr. Upreti has has worked as an International Monitor for Measles catch up campaign in Indonesia (2007) and Japanese Encephalitis campaign in India (2009). In 2012, he worked as a team leader for EPI/surveillance assessment of Maldives. He served as a member of the SAGE working group on Japanese Encephalitis vaccine in 2014, and has presented about issues in immunization in many national and international forums. He also has his immunization studies published in national and international journals. Dr. Upreti played a lead role in the adding new live savings vaccines into the routine immunization program in Nepal. The new vaccines added during his work period include Hepatitis-B, Japanese Encephalitis, Measles-Rubella, Penta-valent, Inactivated Polio Vaccine and initiation of pneumococcal Vaccine. While under Dr. Upreti’s leadership, Nepal became the first country among GAVI eligible counties to successfully introduce IPV in routine immunization. His remarkable accomplishments include successful coordination of the measles catch-up campaign during the insurgency period in Nepal. Dr. Upreti’s work in measles extended to leading a Measles follow up campaign in 2008 and conducting a Measles Rubella campaign in 2012. He has also had similar success in the implementation of Japanese Encephalitis vaccination campaign in the endemic districts of Nepal. Under his leadership, Nepal has achieved Zero Polio status since 2010; measles is controlled and is in the path to elimination by 2018, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus elimination is sustained and Japanese Encephalitis is well controlled. Introduction of new vaccines based on robust evidence, strengthened coordination and collaboration with the stakeholders, and effective advocacy with the government to ensure government commitment were the key factors for the successful implementation and achievements of the immunization program in Nepal during Dr. Upreti’s working period.

Alfred Pach

Has done a number of research projects in Nepal starting with dissertation research on behavioral disorders on Fulbright, NIMH and UNICEF grants. Conducted a large project with Family Health International on social adaptation to HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination (USAID funding). Was part of the team to help development national policy on HIV/AIDS with the National Center on HIV/AIDS and other STIs and UNAIDS from 2002-2005. Now he is heading up the social behavioral component of a large typhoid fever vaccination project with MITRA Samaj and the Public Health Office of Lalitpur District (Gates Foundation funding). For many years he was at NORC at the University of Chicago and is now coordinating socio-behavioral research at the International Vaccine Institute.

Dr. Leon Ochiai

Dr. R. Leon Ochiai, scientist is born in the year 1975 in Japan. He has received Bachelor of Arts, Johns Hopkins University in 1998, Master of Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, May 2001 And Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford University, May 2012. He was awarded by Certificate of Appreciation for the Implementation of Immunization and Typhoid Fever Control Program in Nepal in 2013 by Ministry of Health and Population, Government of Nepal and Outstanding Scientist of the Year in 2009 by International Vaccine Institute. Previously he worked as Laboratory Assistant from May 1996 – Dec 1997 and as Senior Laboratory Technician from Jan 1998 – Nov 1998 in Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Baltimore, MD, USA. From 2000 to 2002 he worked as a Assistant / Project Field Coordinator in University of Malaysia Sarawak, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He worked as a DOMI program Fellow, Associate Research Scientist and Research Scientist from 2002 to 2006 in International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea. Currently he is Director of Global Epidemiology in Sanofi Pasteur, Lyon, France from 2003. He has published books and various articles in the International journals