Bhaskar Initiative for School Heart-Health Empowerment Studies (BISHES)
Bhaskar Initiative for School Heart Health Empowerment Studies (BISHES) focuses on protecting 10-19-year-old school adolescents, the largest segment of Nepal’s total population (24%), against the five primary cardiovascular behavioral risk factors.
Bhaskar’s fate is unfortunately common. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading killer worldwide, as well as in Nepal accounting for 30% of total deaths in Nepal. 66% of the total annual deaths in Nepal are linked to Non-communicable diseases such as CVDs, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and others as shown in the figure. The trend is rising.
Evidence shows that 4 out of 5 premature deaths related to cardiovascular diseases can be prevented if we can eliminate the primary risk factors.
This study aimed to measure the changes in the five modifiable CVD risk behaviours
namely consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and junk food, physical inactivity, and stress, among school adolescents before and after 25 credit hours of continued BAT experiential learning intervention.
BTMF is a Kathmandu based NGO established in the fond memory of Engineer Dr. Bhaskar Bahadur Thapa and Human Rights Activist Tejshree Thapa