Current projects and PhD fellows

Mukesh Hamal is a Public Health Professional from Nepal with about seven years of professional experience in project design and management, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and organizational capacity building in HIV/AIDS, Maternal & Neonatal Health (MNH), Malaria Control, and Physical Disabilities. He has experiences working in various international organizations like FHI360, CARE International, Handicap International and Special Olympics at national and international levels. Hamal has a European Master of Science Program in International Health (EURMScIH) jointly from Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the Netherlands, Queen Margaret University, the UK, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden specializing in Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH). He also has Master in Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor in Public Health (BPH) degrees from Nepal.

He is pursuing his International Doctorate in TransGlobalHealth at the Athena Institute of the VU University Amsterdam jointly with the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium. His research is on Social Accountability in Maternal Health Services, which aims to collect evidence on how social accountability might contribute to make maternal health services responsive, transparent, effective and efficient by comparing and analyzing the cases of selected states of India and Nepal.


ASM Shahabuddin is a public health researcher originated from Bangladesh. Shahab has a bachelor in Molecular Medicine & Bioinformatics, a Master in Public Health from North South University, Dhaka and an Advanced Master in Public Health Methodology from Free University of Brussels (ULB). He worked for more than four years with several non-government organizations and research institutes in Bangladesh, in the areas of maternal and reproductive health. Before joining the Trans Global Health (TGH) Programme, he was working with James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh as a senior research associate. Shahab started his PhD in 2013, one of the first batch’s TGH PhD fellows. In his PhD research, Shahab is using Social Ecological Model to explore issues related to pregnancy and utilization of skilled maternal health services among the adolescent girls residing in Nepal and Bangladesh. Shahab is based at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp where he works as a pre-doc researcher under the department of Public Health. Shahab is a PRB (Population Reference Bureau) Policy Communications Fellow and a student representative of TGH steering committee.

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