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J Nepal Health Res Counc. 2013 May;11(24):221-4.

Understanding the burden of disease in Nepal: a call for local evidence.

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1
Institute of Health and Society (IRSS), Faculty of Public Health, Universite catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.
2
Nepal Health Research Council, Kathmandu, Nepal.
3
Department of Comparative Physiology and Biometrics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium.
4
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.
5
Food Safety Programme, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Ltd., Christchurch, New Zealand.
6
Clinical Research Unit, Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal.
7
Everest International Clinic and Research Center, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Abstract

The burden of disease, most commonly expressed in terms of Disability-Adjusted Life Years, has become a crucial component in decision making processes within the health sector. In Nepal, however, burden of disease estimates are scarce and lack representativeness. To improve our understanding of the burden of disease in Nepal and thereby increase the efficiency of health policies, there is an urgent need to strengthen the local evidence base. All relevant stakeholders should therefore collaborate to generate new data, improve existing data generation mechanisms, make generated data available, and optimize the use of available data.

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