HEAR Nepal (HEAR stands for Health, Education, Awareness and Rights) is a Nepalese non-profit organization, registered in Kathmandu. It was founded in 2005 by the lab technician Madhav Prasad Joshi, who also holds an MA in Political Science. HEAR Nepal is staffed entirely by Nepalese citizens. Since its founding, HEAR Nepal has carried out a number of projects in the areas of health, education and environmental protection.

Among other things, HEAR Nepal conducted health checkups in more than 700 schools in the Kathmandu Valley and beyond for more than 10 years.

The HEAR Nepal Team:

Madhav Joshi

Madhav Prasad Joshi, Project Manager

Lab technician with an M.A. in political science. He worked for four years in the District Hospital of Bajhang and two years for Save the Children, focusing on HIV testing. He spent five years as coordinator of health testing in schools in Kathmandu and the surrounding rural areas.

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Dr. Lakshmi Raj Joshi

Dr. Lakshmi Raj Joshi, Medical advisor

Dr. Joshi holds a PhD in Reproductive Health and an MA in Public Health. For over 35 years, he has worked with public health issues at the Ministry of Health and Population at the local, regional and national levels.

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Dr. Narbada Thapa

Dr. Narbada Thapa, Advisor for epidemiology and public health

Dr.Narbada holds a PhD in Epidemiology and is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years‘ experience in the health care sector, health education, social medicine, nursing education, epidemiology and crisis management. She is currently the Vice Principal of the Institute of Crisis Management Studies, Kathmandu.

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Sten Linnander

Sten Linnander, International coordinator

Swedish, spent 4 years growing up in Nepal in the early 1960s. BA in Physics and Geophysics. Co-founded and led a German non-profit organization, which organized aid projects in the areas of medicine and ecology in the former Soviet Union.

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Karin Linnander

Karin Linnander, Advisor for girls’ and women’s issues

Karin Linnander holds an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling from Prescott College, Arizona, USA, with a focus on adolescent sexuality. She has taught courses for adolescent girls in German schools in preparation of their first menstruation and their first sexual experiences.