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The COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

The land lock country Nepal is neighbored by two big countries China and India and has a total population of 29 Million. The geographical diversity of Nepal includes mountains, hills, and flat land, elevation ranging from 60 m to 8848 m (MSL), a wide range of climates and weathers according to altitude and seasons. Nepal is divided into 7 provinces and 77 districts. Nepal shares an open border with India where citizens can travel without a passport and on the other hand, the mountainous range in the northern limits the free flow of people with China.

Nepal is no exception from the COVID-19 pandemic which started from Wuhan, China in December 2019. The first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Nepal on 23 January 2020 by a person who traveled from abroad. As a major response to the corona crisis, the Government of Nepal applied lockdown from March 21, 2020. Lockdown was leveraged from June 15 for two months to ease the wider socio-economy stress. However, the confirmed casualties from corona escalated and therefore the strict lockdown has been applied from 17 August 2020 and the authority of lockdown has been given to the local government.

To read the full update on the current status of COVID-19 in Nepal, click here (document contains English as well as Nepali translation).


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Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Jaya Kumar GurungDr. Jaya Kumar Gurung

Executive Director, Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI)

Jaya Kumar Gurung is a development specialist with demonstrated long-term expertise multifaceted development projects. His 25 years of experience highlight different capacities in Project implementation, Project Monitoring, and Evaluation, Executive Advisor, Information Communication Technology Expert mainly in multi-stakeholder projects, within the local government as well as with international development agencies. The integration of cross-sectoral development and policy implication, environmental compliances, ecological auditing, and sustainable development covers his major scopes of expertise.  

Currently, Jaya holds the role of Executive Director at Nepal Development Research Institute (NDRI), coordinating the number of remote surveys. Apart from the overall coordination of various national and international projects, his roles include the development of the Project Implementation Framework as well as results-based Monitoring and Evaluation Strategies. He provides guidance and oversight to team leaders, evaluation teams, and other staff members on client relations, budgeting and expenses, evaluation activities, and on-the-ground logistics.

Dr. Gurung is coordinating the number of initiatives being taken to manage the COVID-19 issue in Nepal. He is facilitating regular virtual seminars being organized by NDRI and by the Covid-19 Control Support Network Group (CCSNG). CCSNG is closely supporting the Corona Crisis Management Center (CCMC) which is a high-level coordination committee, apex authority formed by Nepal Government to address this pandemic.


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Contact Information

Tel. (Office): 977-1-5554975
Mobile: 977-9851101675
Email Addresses: jaya@ndri.org.npjkcmane@gmail.com
Skype: jayakgurung
Website: Nepal Development Research Institute


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