Lecturer honoured for improving quality of health research across the globe

A lecturer from the University of Sheffield who is helping to improve the quality of health research among higher education institutions in low income countries has been recognised with an international award for excellence in his field.

Dr Padam Simkhada receiving his awardDr Padam Simkhada, Senior Lecturer in International Health at the Uniiversity's School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), was awarded the CEA Award of Global Health Research for his contribution to the field of global research at a special ceremony at the Mahatma Gandi University in India on Saturday (21 December 2013).

Dr Simkhada was born in a remote village in Nepal where he completed his Proficiency Certificate in Medical Science and Batchelor's Degree in Health Education before gaining a MSc and PhD in Public Health in the UK. He has previously worked for Save the Children and the Ministry of Health in Nepal and is a visiting professor at the Pokhara University and Trivhuan University in Nepal and Adjunct Faculty for Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Science in Nagpur, India.

An established researcher, Dr Simkhada has published over 70 research articles in national and international scientific journals on issues including reproductive and sexual health, migration and sex trafficking, maternal and child health and health promotion in middle and low income countries.

"I feel greatly honoured with this award as it has encouraged me to dedicate my work in improving the quality of higher education in the developing countries,” said Dr Simkhada.

Dr Simkhada is working tirelessly to build and strengthen the University of Sheffield's international links and partnerships around the world and is keen on cross-fertilisation and exchange of ideas, knowledge and skills between the University and partner institutions in order to share good practice in teaching and research across the world.

Formed in 1992, ScHARR is one of the largest and most dynamic Schools of Health Research within the UK. The School is based in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, employs over 300 members of staff and has access to some of the best research and teaching facilities. Uniquely, ScHARR brings together individuals with cutting-edge skills and expertise from right across the health sciences and public health, including public health practitioners, clinicians, epidemiologists and statisticians, health economists and modellers, trialists and information scientists, psychologists, sociologists, management experts and political scientists.

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