Dr Jane Stephens
Role Honorary Adviser

Jane is GP who trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and practices in Tower Hamlets. She has special interested in global maternal and mental health, participatory planning and primary care health systems strengthening. Jane has worked in South Asia, primary Nepal and India, for over 20 years.

She first went to Nepal aged 18, fell in love with the country and did not want to leave! She has established and directed two NGOs in Nepal: The Helambu Women’s Development Association, which was set up to prevent people trafficking for sex work, and established national networks of support for women. ( The networks continue but the programme was disbanded during the Maoist revolution due to internal migration).  The Green Tara Trust, which continues, was set up to establish an evidence base for health promotion in Nepal. This programme has helped thousands of women and children in Nepal gain access to improved maternal and neonatal health care, and her team’s work has been instrumental in supporting the Ministry of Health in Nepal to establish a national health promotion strategy.  She has advocated for women’s and gender minority rights both in her programmes at a national level.

Jane is committed to Universal Health Coverage and strengthening primary care in low income settings. She has designed and delivered training packages on a range of topics for barefoot village health workers through to doctors. She consulted with the Institute of Medicine, Nepal’s leading medical school, medical school, to develop the country’s first Communication Skills Curriculum for doctors, which has been rolled out.

Jane collaborates with a number of UK and Nepal universities, and her research has been published in over 30 journals.