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About Course 2015

Global Health course, 2015

IOM, Kathmandu,  Nepal

Dear Participant,

This letter intends to share some introductory information relevant to the Global Health Course, 2015 to be organized in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Travel documents

International citizens need a passport which is at least valid 6 months after the planned departure date. International course participants will be provided on-arrival visa at the immigration section of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). The visa fee will be reimbursed for Non Finnish participant.(Please submit the receipt)

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It is not mandatory to have a health insurance when in Nepal but the organizers strongly recommend you to have one. Also insurance to cover your luggage is highly recommended.


All of the international course participants will be arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu.

In case of participants from Nepal, they will be contacted by the GH course organizing team for helping them make their travelling arrangements as necessary.

Arrival in Kathmandu and accommodation

The organizers will inform on cheapest and best transportation from TIA, Kathmandu for the participants to the accommodation venue. (The details will be provided in subsequent information letters).


The Nepalese currency is Nepalese rupees (NRs.). The denominations are NRs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. The exchange rate varies on daily basis as fixed by the Nepal Rastra Bank. You will easily be able to exchange euros and dollars at airport or at the accommodation.

Course venue

Theoretical part of the course will be held in a lecture hall of MoHeGo Building located next to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

Course contents

The GH Course 2015 will consist of theoretical classroom based teaching and practical field visits. During the theoretical part, the day starts at 9 am usually with lectures (with some exceptions) and finishes at around 4 pm. For some lectures, there are some articles and other materials that you should read in advance. Some material might also be distributed during or after the lectures as additional reading. You will also be provided with a textbook on Global Health.

The topics that are going to be covered in the course:

  • Introduction to global health and its objectives
  • Indicators and determinants of health
  • Community health development
  • Health systems and health care
  • Role of pharmaceuticals
  • Cancer epidemiology, challenges in cancer prevention
  • Tobacco and alcohol control
  • Child health, Vaccine programs
  • Natural disasters, Climate change and its impact
  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases
  • Mental health
  • Oral health
  • Global scenario of HIV/AIDS
  • Importance of eye care
  • Reproductive health and safe motherhood, Adolescent health
  • Girl trafficking
  • Abortion etc.

As attachment you will find the preliminary curriculum of Global Health Course 2015. The course schedule is likely to change subject to notice unless finalized, but the preliminary curriculum will help you get an idea of the contents of both theoretical and practical part of the course.

Social program

We will organize program for some of the evenings during the course. Consider bringing something characteristic of your country to organize cross-cultural experiences.

 Dress code and weather

Casual (Jeans, t-shirts etc. are ok). Business attire is certainly not necessary. During August, the monsoon rain is likely, so you could expect few, not many, rainy days. Otherwise, it’s sunny in the afternoon. So consider bringing warm pullovers and a jacket for the evening and something for the rainy days (e.g. rain coat, umbrella etc.). Please note that in Nepal it is polite to wear attire covering shoulders and legs especially in the countryside where you will be going in the practical part.

Laptops and Internet

It’s advised to bring your own laptops with you for the presentations and group assignments. The electricity plug is not the same everywhere in Nepal. So, it’s better to buy an adapter over here that fits to the plug at the place where you’ll be staying in.  Multi-plugs will be made available during the theoretical part. You will be able to access the internet during the theoretical part of the course at the university. When outside Kathmandu, there’s not always internet available and if it’s available, it can be reasonably slow.

Cell phones

For cellular phones there is a GSM network, but please check the roaming costs for calling back home. However, the text messages sometimes fail to reach while using the network (from prior experiences). It’s also possible to purchase prepaid mobile phone cards (sim cards) and cheap cell phones (in case you have a cellphone on plan that doesn’t accept another sim card).

You will be receiving the updated information on the practical arrangements shortly.


Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

Dr. Archana Amatya :

Mr. Prem Basel:

Dr. Prasanta Poudyal:

Ulla Ashorn (all inquiries):


On behalf of organizers,


Prof. Dr. Jagdish Prasad Agrawal

Member secretary
Organizing Committee
Global Health course, 2015
Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal