GARP-Nepal began in 2013, and continues under the leadership of Dr. Buddha Basnyat of the Patan Hospital and Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Kathmandu.

Recent Activities
GARP-Nepal has been extremely active in implementing activities in spite of the April earthquake. The working group has been one of the major forces behind the government’s recent increased focus on AMR, including the formation of a National Alliance on AMR which will draft a national antibiotic use policy, and which GARP has been invited to join. 
GARP-Nepal held a meeting on AMR curricula, "Role of Academic Health Institutions in Combating Anti-Microbial Resistance in Nepal: A National symposium" on August 16 to 17 in BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan. GARP-Nepal working group member Dr. Mukri Narayan Shrestha was the first veterinarian from Asia awarded the WSAVA Global Award recognizing veterinarians for meritorious service. The award was presented at the WSAVA World Veterinary Congress in May.
Dr. Buddha Basnyat, Patan Hospital and Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Kathmandu
Dr. Paras Pokharel, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
Principal Investigator
Dr. Sameer Dixit, Center for Molecular Dynamics, Kathmandu
Ms. Santoshi Giri, Nepal Public Health Foundation
Inaugural meeting


2015 Priorities
  • Curriculum development and training in antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship at all levels of the human and veterinary healthcare system
  • Gather information to fill knowledge gaps about veterinary antibiotic use
  • Initiate hospital infection control programs

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Working Group
Buddha Basnynat, MD, Director, Oxford University Clinical Health Research Unit, Patan Hospital
Paras Pokharel, MD  Head of Department, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
Working Group Members
Sameer Mani Dixit, PhD, Country Director, Center for Molecular Dynamics, Nepal
–Abhilasha Karkey, PhD, Medical Microbiologist, Oxford University Clinical Health Research Unit, Patan Hospital
Basudha Khanal, MD Professor, Microbiology, B.P Koirala Institute of Health Science
–Shrawan Kumar Mishra, MPH, President, Nepal Health Professional Council
–Devi Prasai, PhD, Member, Nepal Health Economist Association
–Bhabana Shrestha, MD, Director, German Nepal Tuberculosis Project
–Mukti Shrestha, BVSc, MS, Veterinarian, Veterinary Clinics, Pulchowk
–Shrijana Shrestha, MD, Dean, Patan Academy of Health Science
–Sharapa Thapaliya, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Surgery, Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur
–Palpasa Kansakar, PhD, Microbiologist, World Health Organization


Ongoing Research
·      Study of antimicrobial use patterns, drug residues and antimicrobial resistance in food producing animals in Nepal
·      Drug Resistance Index in Patan Hospital
Recent Publications from Working Group Members
·      Basnyat, Buddha. "Tackle Nepal's Typhoid Problem Now." Nature. Aug 18, 2015.
·      Basnyat, Buddha. "Nepali earthquakes and the risk of hepatitis E." The Lancet. June 16, 2015.