Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED)

Mission

Center for Public Health and Environment Development (CEPHED) is a non-governmental, non-secretariat and non-profit making organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. CEPHED was founded in October 2004 by and through the contribution, coordination with a consortium of Environment Scientists, Pharmacists, MBA, Chemical Engineer, Sociologist, Economist and public-spirited activists. The members of this organization is expanding from the people and expert from agriculture, economics, engineering, environment, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, botany, ecology, microbiology, geology, medical doctors etc. Its focus is to serve the Nepalese community in the field of public health and environmental development. Goal: Improved environment management and public health. Vision: Bridging people with science and technology for healthy living and environment safety. Mission: Acts as bridging forum between people with science and technologies to make access new scientific knowledge, technologies and safety measures of environment and public health sector through research, coordination, capacity building and policy dialogue. Approach The increased impact on public health due to pollution, urbanization, industrialization, globalization and unmanaged drug production, sales distribution and administration aimed to be reduced through scientific way to ensure healthy living and environmental development. This could be achieved by carrying out research to develop new technologies, coordinating for developed technologies and implementing those developed technologies and research finding up to local village, town and urban centers in the area of environment and public health. Objectives CEPHED will carryout its activities to fulfillment of following objectives. 1. To carryout research for development of new technology and Coordinate with the other scientific institutes and brings their developed technology, knowledge, skills up to the grass root level for healthy living and environment safety in the area of environment and public health. 2. Develop suitable laboratory to assess environment pollution and its study. 3. Help government to fulfill its objective through making access new research results, technologies to people up to village, town and urban center of the area of environmental development and public health. 4. Provide feedback and technical support to His Majesty Government of Nepal, Local Authorities, and Donor Consortium in the environment and public health related matter. 5. To enhance capacities of local people and grassroots organizations through awareness raising, training, workshops, seminar, exhibition and other easy mans of information dissemination.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Ram Charitra Sah
Secondary Contact
Mr. Anand Kumar Shah

Address Nayabasti, Imadol 5, Lalitpur
Kathmandu,
NA
Nepal
Website
Phone 977-1-5201786
Fax 977-1-5201786
Calling/Fax Instructions Consider time zone

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

Complaince monitoring of Environmental Quality Standard in Nepal including AAQS. The campaigning for reduction of open burning of waste as well as incineration of waste as the source of toxic air emission thus to reduce human exposure to it.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Biomass
Coal
Hydroelectric
Kerosene
Liquid Petroleum Gas
Sectors of Experience: Energy
Environment
Forestry
Health
Renewable Energy
Water
Other
Climate Change, Pollution Monitoring
Countries of Operation: Nepal

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

In accessibility as well as un availability of cleaner fuels due to social and economic barriers.


Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Limited market expansion and private sector engagement in the area towards promoting a functional public benefit oriented market mechanism. Less private sector investment in the area due to various political and economic reasons.


Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

Least development in the area of technology standardization initiative taken place so far in Nepal and hence the different technologies were promoted by different agencies by time and again mostly project basis and hence this program though running since more than 30 years in the country it has not yet been considered a successful program. So there is a need for massive launching of technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation.


Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

As there is still lacking of regular monitong of the indooor air pollution and health monitoring either by government, private sector as well as I/NGOs. Most of the attempt so far done towards monitoring indoor air pollution and associated health risks are of project nature and hence it is sporadic in nature with respect to time, place and duration. So there is a huge gaps in the data and information generated on this issues. Moreover, there is a tradition to hide the information to be shared with other because of various problems related to IPR and acknowledgement of the prime sources of data and information. As country like Nepal is diverse not in terms of its physiographic location but also in terms of culture, ethnicity and associated food practice and hence monitoring of indoor air pollution and associated health risks at variety of setting to come up with the national picture of indoor air pollution state report and associated health risk is of great importance for the country like ours where a variety of ethinicity depends on variety of energy sources uses in variety of cooking practices and exposing themeselves to varies scenario of indoor air pollution.

Relevant Publications or Studies

I have two publication on indoor air pollution issues when I was working directly on the ICS promotion program. 1.Clime Asia Newsletter of BCAS, Bangladesh October 2002 "

Our Contribution to the Partnership

We are definitely interested to carryout research on the various issues associated with indoor air pollution and health risks. Moreover, we as a research and advocacy based NGO would like to engaged in awareness raising as well as capacity building of the local people through making them available authentic data, information as well as evidence based capacity buiding to prapare the community to cope with the situation and then help them out to select cleaner fues and efficient cooking practice to reduce the exposure as well as wise utilisation of the resources.