Devendra Prasad Gnawali, a Nepali citizen, received Ph.D. and masters degrees in health economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. After teaching science and mathematics in rural Nepal, Gnawali became a statistics officer in the Nepali Ministry of Health and Population.
Vaccine Advocacy and Education
Sound financial management practices, such as budget tracking, are necessary for any sustainably funded immunization program. Budget tracking entails official monitoring of the immunization budget as it evolves from the immunization program’s aspirational budget to the Minister of Health all the way down to the program’s expenditures.
Thanks to Pap tests, fatal cervical cancers are almost unknown today in rich countries. But the disease kills an estimated 275,000 women a year in poor countries where Pap tests are impractical and the vaccine is far too expensive for the average woman to afford, so the price cut could lead to a significant advance in women’s health.