Research policy

South East Asia Advisory Committee on Health Research (SEA-ACHR)

The SEA ACHR is an advisory body with a consultative mandate to support the World Health Organization in South East Asia Region in carrying out its constitutional role of promoting and coordinating research relating to global health work, acting in close cooperation with external institutions pursuing common goals and with the scientific community at large.

The term of reference:

  • advising the Regional Director on formulation of policies for the development of health research in the Region, in accordance with directives provided by the governing bodies (World Health Assembly, Executive Board and Regional Committees) and within the framework of the global WHO policy. This formulation includes the identification of national and regional priorities;
  • establishing mechanisms for coordinating research at national, intra- and inter-regional levels;
  • harmonization of regional research activities with the activities of other regions and headquarters, in close collaboration with the global ACHR;
  • development of the research potential and capability, nationally and regionally;

Current SEA ACHR Members:

  • Professor Mahmud Hasan, Chairman of the Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dr Shams El Arifeen, Senior Scientist and Head, Child Health Programme International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dr Harun-Ar-Rashid, Professor of Public Health and Research Management, and Director of the Research and International Collaboration School of Health Sciences State University of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dr Chencho Dorjee, Director of Royal Institute of Health Science, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Prof Ranjit Roy Choudhury National Professor of Pharmacology New Delhi
  • Dr V M Katoch Secretary to the Government of India Department of Health Research Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Director-General, ICMR New Delhi
  • Prof N K Ganguly Former Director General (ICMR) Distinguished Biotechnology Fellow & Advisor, Translational Health Science & Technology Institute National Institute of Immunology New Delhi
  • Prof. Dr Hasbullah Thabrany, Dr.PH, MPH Director, Center for Health Economics and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok
  • Ms Asrath Usman Executive Committee Member Maldivian Nurses Association Male
  • Dr Ali Nazeem Consultant Physician Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital Male
  • Dr Myo Khin Deputy Director General - Acting Director-General, Department of Medical Research (Lower Myanmar)
  • Dr Kyaw Zin Thant Deputy Director-General Department of Medical Research, Upper Myanmar
  • Dr Htun Naing Oo Director-General Department of Medical Research (Central Myanmar), Pyi-gyi Zay-yar Road Zeryar Theikdi Quarter Naypytaw
  • Dr Mingmar Gyelzen Sherpa Director General Department of Health Services Ministry of Health and Population, Teku, Kathmandu
  • Dr Choplal Bhusal Executive Chairperson Nepal Health Research Council Ramshahpath Kathmandu
  • Prof. Arjun Karki, MD Vice Chancellor Patan Academy of Health Sciences Kathmandu
Sri Lanka
  • Dr U. A. Mendis Director General of Health Services Ministry of Health Ven. Beddagama Wimalawansa Thero Mawatha Colombo
  • Prof Dulitha Fernando Senior Researcher 198/9 Nawala Road, Nawala Colombo
  • Dr L T Gamlath National Institute of Health Sciences, Nagoda Road, Kalutara,
  • Dr Somsak Chunharas Secretary-General National Health Foundation
Timor Leste
  • Dr Avelino Guterres Correia National Advisor to Minister of Health Ministry of Health Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  • Dr Joao Soares Martins, MPH, PhD Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Universidade National Timor Lorosae (UNTL) Dili
  • Mr Valente da Silva Head Cabinet of Health Research and Development (CHRD), Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Dili

In every SEA ACHR session, Regional Director also invites several Special Invitees