Message from the Director
I am pleased to record a few words in the official website of The Vector Borne Disease Research and Training Center (VBDRTC). I strongly believe that the use of technology is crucial for information management to ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability in the organization. With the advancement of technology, the Health System of Nepal is gradually heading towards the path of automation. VBDRTC cannot be an exception in this regard.
Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) pose a major public health threat around the world. They are caused in human by parasites, virus and bacteria transmitted through vectors like mosquitoes, sandflies, bugs, ticks, tsetse flies, mites, snails and lice. The major VBDs together account for around seventeen percentage of the estimated global burden of communicable diseases and globally, it is causing more than one million deaths annually.
VBDRTC is federal structure and is responsible to conduct research related to different areas of VBDs and manage training activities on VBDs like Malaria, Kala-azar, Dengue, Chikungunya, Lymphatic filariasis, Scrub typhus and Japanese encephalitis. In addition, the center should work for policy formulation, planning/budgeting, need assessment, curriculum design, evaluation and overall quality assurance related to VBDs training and research in lined with federal function. This center is working under the Ministry of Health and Population. The center was established in the year 1979 AD with the name of Malaria Research and Training Centre under the Nepal Malaria Eradication Organization and was renamed as VBDRTC in 16 may, 1997 with extending working areas. The center has the teaching and learning facilities including an insectary, a laboratory, a library, a dormitory and training hall within its complex spreading out in different directions at Hetauda of Makawanpur district. The center is conducting its activities to bridge the gap observed in VBDs research and training. The center has crucial role in achieving the government’s targets and objectives in the areas of VBDs and fulfilling the Nepal’s commitments shown to the international community. Strong co-ordination and collaboration with the provincial and local level agencies working in this field is one of the keys to upgrade the VBDs service delivery in effective manner. We need to prove our capacity in producing evidences for the intervention programs.
I believe VBDRTC expands the service coverage based on the terms of reference given to the center with the support from the government and partners working in the field of vector borne diseases. The website of VBDRTC is a stepping stone to unearth new avenues of information concerns of stakeholders and actors. This website tries to bridge information gaps in regard to the activities of our organization. It enlightens everyone concerned regarding different undertakings of VBDRTC and offers prompt access to essential information on news, notices, events, programs and publications.
I appreciate all of you if you could share your valuable suggestions, feedback, queries through the website and assure you very enriching, meaningful collaboration in the scope of vector-borne diseases research and training.
Thank you for your invaluable visit to the website.