INJURY PREVENTION SESSIONS Building the evidence for injury prevention in Nepal

Himalaya injury prevention photo

The third session in the 'Injury Prevention Sessions', co-hosted by UNSW School of Population Health, Sydney and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care at The George Institute for Global Health focused on building the evidence for injury prevention in Nepal. 

The recording is available here:


Nepal is a country with a wealth of natural hazards. In recent years it has experienced extensive changes politically, socially and economically. Rapid urbanisation and motorisation have seen an extensive road building programme and increases in vehicle ownership without road safety infrastructure, coordination and leadership. Historically, health researchers have focused on infectious diseases, maternal and newborn health, with little capacity for injury prevention research.

It is in this context that, in 2017, the UK National Institute for Health Research funded Kathmandu Medical College to partner with the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK to establish the Nepal Injury Research Centre. Over the last four years the Centre has conducted a programme of studies to build an evidence base from which research-informed policy can be made. In this seminar, two early career researchers reflect on their learnings. Santosh Bhatta presents on the implications for policy and practice arising from hospital and community injury surveillance studies, and Preeti Gautam presents on how the team have enabled those whose voices are seldom heard to participate in road safety research.

The 'Injury Prevention Sessions' are action-focused conversations about how we learn from local solutions to address the global problem of injury. From practitioners to researchers to students, this informal forum brings together like-minded individuals to explore innovative injury prevention research methodologies and opportunities to work together to save lives globally. This webinar series is co-hosted by UNSW School of Population Health and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care at The George Institute for Global Health.


  • Santosh Bhatta

    Santosh Bhatta is a Research Associate at the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) UK, based in the Centre for Academic Child Health. Santosh has been working in the Nepal Injury Research Centre since its inception in 2017. Santosh obtained his master’s degree in Environmental Health and his PhD in Public Health from UWE Bristol, UK. Santosh has a special research interest in injury prevention and safety promotion in low- and middle-income countries.

    Santosh has led some of the research projects in the Nepal Injury Research Centre including hospital and community-based injury surveillance studies and a study to evaluate systems for injury measurement in Nepal. He has supported other researchers on qualitative studies exploring community perceptions of home and workplace injuries and a systematic literature review.

    Santosh Bhatta headshot
  • Preeti Gautam

    Preeti Gautam is a Public Health Professional who has worked for more than five years in the health sector of Nepal. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of the West of England, UK. Previously, she has worked with Nepal Red Cross Society in implementing community health projects where she realised the importance of evidence-based project evaluation for accountability. This is how she developed an interest in the field of research. Having being involved in the April 2015 Nepal earthquake post-response activities, she developed her interest in the injury prevention domain. Currently, she is a researcher at Nepal Injury Research Centre funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research.

    Preeti Gautam