WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR)
Shyam Thapa, PhD, is a Scientist with the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at WHO headquarters in Geneva. He provides strategic, technical and management support for research in reproductive health particularly as regards user perspectives in family planning, young people's sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of unsafe abortion.
Before joining WHO, Thapa was the Director of Policy and Research for the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program of Save the Children US based in Washington, DC. In this position he was primarily responsible for the management, strategic development, implementation and technical support of community-based randomized control trials and operations research in newborn health and survival in 18 countries. Prior to that, he held various research and evaluation positions in reproductive health, youth and family planning with Family Health International (FHI) at both its Arlington, Virginia, and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, offices in the US. On deputation from FHI, he served for several years as a resident technical advisor to the Government of Nepal, working with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Population and Environment, the National Planning Commission and the USAID.
Thapa has over 20 years of experience in policy and program development, health systems research, program planning, knowledge and skills transfer and management, capacity-building, professional mentoring, teaching/training, research and evaluation in maternal and child health, family planning, youth and HIV/AIDS, and development and utilization of evidence base. He has presented at numerous seminars and conferences and also organized and led workshops and consultative events. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and papers, book chapters and monographs.