Harvard Chan Students for Nepal

Dr. Bijay Acharyabijay
Bijay is a practicing clinician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He recently completed the HMS/CRICO Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality and graduated from the the HSPH with an MPH in Health Management. Bijay completed his medical school at BPKIHS in Nepal and his internal medicine residency training at Bronx­Lebanon Hospital in the South Bronx, NY. His focus is on developing capacity in healthcare institutions in Nepal by identifying and implementing quality improvement initiatives. He is a co-founder of NyayaHealth Nepal/ Possible, sits on the board of America Nepal Medical Foundation and co-founded Sharedminds that runs hospital in two rural districts in Nepal, work to advance medical training and promote mental health training in primary care respectively. He has a strong interest in transparency and accountability in organizational culture and works on patient safety in resource poor settings.

Mr. Xeno Acharya
Xeno Acharya is an epidemiologist currently working in the field of real world evidence generation and rapid data analytics. Prior to his current role in industry, he was a TB/HIV researcher in academia working in developing country settings in Africa and Asia. Xeno holds an MSc in epidemiology from Harvard Chan and an MPH in health services from University of Washington.

Ms. Amiya Bhatia
Amiya is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research examines the causes, structures and policies that produce health inequities and unequal access to care for children and adolescents in South Asia. Before moving to Boston, Amiya conducted research with local non-profits implementing programs for children affected by HIV in India and Ethiopia. She has also worked with the health systems strengthening team at the GAVI Alliance in Geneva, and the polio program at the Gates Foundation in Seattle. Amiya has a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Mr. Aayush Khadka
Aayush Khadka is a Master of Science student in Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. His academic interests include applying health and behavioral economic tools for health systems strengthening in low-resource settings and researching the most effective ways to tackle the double burden of disease and poverty. Before commencing his graduate studies, Aayush was a researcher at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa where he conducted impact evaluations and feasibility studies of cash transfer programs and contributed to projects focusing on early childhood development. Aayush has a BA in Political Science (Honors) and Mathematics from Williams College, Massachusetts.

ramuMr. Ramu Kharel
Ramu is a 4th year medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a Harvard Chan alum with a Masters of Public Health. His academic interests lie in emergency medicine and disaster response, women’s health, health system strengthening, and advancing the healthcare of marginalized populations. He has worked in hand hygiene promoting campaigns in India and Nepal. After the Nepal earthquake, he raised funds to help rebuild the health infrastructure in two villages. This is an ongoing project. He is fluent in Nepali, Urdu, Hindi, and English. When free, he enjoys playing basketball.

elinaMs. Elina Pradhan
Elina Pradhan is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is interested in population health policy modeling, evaluation and design in resource-limited settings. Born and raised in Nepal, she currently works in a wide range of projects including the impact of conditional cash transfers on female education and early marriage in Haryana (India), evaluation of post-partum IUD services in Nepal, the impact of national education policies on female education and adolescent reproductive behavior in Ethiopia, and mathematical models of the population-level health impact of Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.  She holds an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an S.M. in Global Health and Population from the Harvard Chan School.

jigyasaMs. Jigyasa Sharma
Jigyasa Sharma is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Global Health and Population. She majors in the Population and Reproductive Health with minors in Quantitative Methods and Health Systems. Jigyasa’s academic and research interest is at the intersection of reproductive health and health system strengthening in resource-constrained settings, and is inspired by questions of health equity and human rights. She currently works on a wide range of projects including predictors of stillbirth among Tanzanian women, quality of maternal care in India and Kenya, and evaluation of WHO’s Safe Childbirth Checklist’s role in improving maternal newborn care practices and health outcomes in India.

Originally from Nepal, Jigyasa received an MSc. in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from McGill University, and A.B. in Biological Sciences and Politics from Mount Holyoke College.

akriteeMs. Akritee Shrestha
Akritee Shrestha is a candidate for MS in Biostatistics at Harvard Chan. For her master’s thesis, she is using machine learning techniques for improved predictions of the cost of mental healthcare. Prior to this, completed her undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and worked in immunology research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

archanaMs. Archana Shrestha
Archana Shrestha is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed her PhD from the University of Washington. Her dissertation focused on assessing relationship of Nepali diet with obesity and diabetes. She is currently working on developing and testing dietary interventions for the prevention of diabetes in low- and – middle income countries.