The SPEAR project team

SPEAR stands for ‘Social Science and Public Engagement Action Research’.

The SPEAR project is led by the following Principal Investigators:

OUCRU Vietnam:
Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil (social science lead)
Sonia Lewycka (quantitative research lead)
Mary Chambers (community engagement lead)

OUCRU Nepal:
Abhilasha Karkey

Raph Hamers

They are supported by Jaom Fisher as project manager.



OUCRU Vietnam Principal Investigators: Jennifer Ilo Van Nuil, Sonia LewyckaMary Chambers

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The study is being conducted in Vietnam in 4 sites:

Ho Chi Minh City: The Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD):

The OUCRU team: Nguyen Thi Hong Yen, Ngoc Nguyen Thi Kim, Nguyen Le Thao    My, Tran Minh Hien, Nguyen Hoang Yen, Tran Kim Van Anh, Hung Vu Bao, Nhung Doan Phuong, Pham Ngoc Thanh, Tran Dong Thai Han

HTD collaborators: Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Truong, and Head Nurse Bui Thi Hong Ngoc.

Hanoi: The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD):

OUCRU team: Tran Thi Hang, Yen Nguyen Thi Hong, Nam Vinh Nguyen, Tran Phuong Thao, and Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen, Dung Vu Tien Viet

NHTD collaborators: Dr Pham Ngoc Thach

Nam Dinh province:

OUCRU team: Nguyen Thi Hong Yen and Tran Thi Hang

Nam Dinh collaborators: Nam Dinh Department of Health.

Dak Lak province:

OUCRU team:  Nguyen Thanh Ha, Nguyen Le Thao My and Nguyen Hoang Yen (who also coordinates the digital diary data collection within Vietnam)

CDC collaborators: Dr Trinh Quang Tri, Dr Mai Thi Phuoc Loan, and Daklak CDC Department of Disease Control



OUCRU Nepal Principal Investigator: Abhilasha Karkey

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The SPEAR project in Nepal is being coordinated by Samita Rijal (social sciences research), and Summita Udas (public engagement). Dinesh Deokota is leading the Digital Diary component for the whole project, and in Nepal, and leading recruitment for the community-based research. The social science research team includes: Samita Rijal, Summita Udas, Dr Amit Gautum, Aakriti Pandey, Pratibha Thapa, Manish Duwal, and Niharika Kharel. The psychology team for the study includes Dr. Rabi Shakya, Dr. Pawan Sharma, and Anup Rajbhandari, all senior practicing psychiatrists at the Patan Hospital.

The study is being conducted in 4 regions:

Terai region (Kapilbvastu/Biratnagar/Dharan)
Urban region (Kathmandu/Bhaktapur/Patan)
Hills region (Sindhulpalchowk)
Mountainous region (lower Mustang) 



EOCRU Indonesia Principal Investigator: Raph Hamers

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The SPEAR project in Indonesia is being led by Dr Dewi Friska, from the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia and Dr Raph Hamers (EOCRU). The project is being coordinated by Ragil Dien and Mutia Rahardjani from EOCRU, and advised by Dr Aria Kekalih, from the Department of Community Medicine, Universitas Indonesia. The EOCRU social science research and public engagement team includes: Ragil Dien, Livia Nathania Kurniawan, Ida Ayu Sutrisni, Ralalicia Limato, Diana Timoria, and Fahmi Ramadhan. Collaborations are with local hospitals and Puskesmas in Jakarta and Bandung, and The Sumba Foundation in Sumba.

The study is being conducted in three provinces in Indonesia:

DKI Jakarta
West Java
Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)