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5th Health Link Discussion Series on February 06

Health Link Nepal FIFTH discussion series will be held on February 6, 2015 (Friday, Magh 23, 2071). The speakers for the discussions series are Prof. Dr Hemang Dixit on "Nepalese Health and Medical Education over 199 years" and Dr. Gillian Holdsworth on "Inspiration to Innovation :70 years of UK National Health Services and challenges of the future" .
The program is also scheduled to honor former speakers of the Health Link discussion series.

Venue: National Health Training Centre, Teku, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: February 6, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 hrs

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About the Speakers: 

Dr Gillian Holdsworth is a public health expert with substantial experience of living and working in Nepal and UK. A fluent Nepali speaker, she is a skilled leader, with an outstanding talent for collaborative working in multi-cultural settings and getting things done.

Gillian is currently the public health lead for health protection and sexual health services in Lambeth and Southwark, London, UK. She is the programme director for SH:24, a new online sexual health service delivered in partnership with the NHS for residents of Lambeth and Southwark. Using design-led innovation, SH:24 seeks to radically improve the user experience as well as the sexual health of the local population where she works.

Prior to the transition of public health into local authorities in April 2013, Gillian worked for NHS Southwark (London, UK) as the public health lead for cancer screening, women and children’s services and sexual health. Her international experience includes Nepal with the Britain Nepal Medical Trust, Lesotho with DfID, London with Health Unlimited and New York with the International Trachoma Initiative. She has represented the Faculty of Public Health on the International Health Links Funding Programme selection panel, a joint Department of Health and DFID initiative, to improve links between the NHS and health services in developing countries.

A medical doctor, Gillian has advanced training in epidemiological methods and monitoring and evaluation. She excels in identifying need, creating ownership among a wide range of people, mobilising resources for planned activities, delivering against programme milestones and achieving results.


Prof. Dr Hemang Dixit is a Nepali born at Kathmandu in 1937. Following schooling at Sherwood College, Nainital and Bishop Cotton School, Shimla in India, he went to the U.K. to do his A-Levels. Starting his medical education at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School of London University in 1956 he completed the same in 1961 doing both the MBBS (U Lond.) and LRCP, MRCS of the Conjoint Board. After his year of internship at the Charing X Hospital on the Strand, he went on to do his DTM & H from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the DCH (Eng) from the Conjoint Board, London.

Returning back home to Nepal in 1965 he started work at the Bir Hospital at Kathmandu. Subsequently in 1970, he was posted to the newly established Kanti Children's Hospital. In 1975 after about 11 years he left government service. Joining the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of Tribhuvan University as Reader in Child Health in 1977, he subsequently became Dean of the IOM for almost four years. After his term as Dean, he later became in 1985 the Professor in Child Health. In that capacity he worked once again on deputation at the Kanti Childrens Hospital. Being also director of the Health Learning Materials Centre of the IOM, he was involved in the production of teaching/learning materials. He retired from the IOM in June 2000. He joined Kathmandu Medical College and from Feb 2001 till June 2013 he was the principal of the institution. Since then he has become head of the Medical Education Department there.

He was awarded the Coronation Medal in 1973 and later the Suprabal Gorkha Dakhin Bahu in Dec. 1993. In Feb. 1994 he was awarded a Gold Medal for "Development of Paediatrics in APSSEAR Countries" at the Paediatric Conference held in New Delhi. In 2002, he was awarded the Birendra Aiswarya Sewa Padak. He was awarded the ‘Qualified Teacher’ award by the Dr. Balaram Joshi Gyan Bigyan Rastriya Purashkar Pratistan in October 2009.

He has been President of both the Nepal Medical Association (1990/91) and the Nepal Paediatric Society (1986/87). He was in the Nepal Medical Council for a number of years, of which eight ending 1996, were as Vice Chairman.

His writing career in Nepal started with a two year stint as Chief Editor of the Journal of Nepal Medical Association, starting in 1965/66. He has also been Chief Editor of the journal of Institute of Medicine form 1983 to 1992. He has a number of articles to his credit and has been involved as editor or VOLs I, II, III of the Annotated health Science Bibliography of Nepal, covering the periods 1950-77, 1978-87 and 1988- 94 respectively. He is an occasional contributor to various newspapers of Kathmandu and a leading affiliate at Besides this, he has written one children’s story book and five other novels under the pseudonym of Mani Dixit. More information about him can be found in his website:

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