FHI 360 has worked in Nepal since 1993 to support health programs, capacity building, civil society, and media strengthening and governance. Our work, which is grounded in rigorous research, aligns with and provides support to the Government of Nepal’s development priorities.
As a leader in HIV programming, FHI 360 works to improve in sustainable ways the lives of the country’s key populations — those who are at higher risk of acquiring and spreading HIV. Our primary HIV work is through the LINKAGES Nepal project, which is part of the global LINKAGES project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). FHI 360 implements this project in partnership with IntraHealth International, Pact and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project is designed to support the Global Goals of controlling the epidemic and achieving an AIDS-free generation, and it aligns with the Government of Nepal’s priorities as detailed in its National HIV Strategic Plan 2016–2021. LINKAGES Nepal provides a range of HIV prevention, care, support and treatment services in close collaboration with the government, local nongovernmental organization partners, national networks of key populations, and people living with HIV and their community-based organizations. The project builds on the lessons learned from more than two decades of USAID support to bolster the national response to HIV.
The new constitution of Nepal, promulgated in September 2015, places greater importance on civil society. It includes provisions to advance civic freedom, strengthen civil society and improve governance. These provisions are designed to increase citizen participation in governance and oversight, to encourage civil society organizations and the media to take more responsibility for raising people’s awareness of their new rights, and to enable citizens to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. FHI 360’s Civil Society: Mutual Accountability Project (CS:MAP), funded by USAID, promotes this national effort by partnering with government ministries, parliament and civil society organizations.
FHI 360 is one of the consortium partners of the USAID-funded Suaahara II project, which improves nutrition for women and children. Our role is to provide technical assistance in nutrition assessment counseling and to support family planning efforts.