Ashish Bajracharya is an associate in the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bajracharya is a social demographer and policy analyst who evaluates health interventions designed to improve access, use, quality, and equity of maternal and reproductive health care services for poor women in South and Southeast Asia. He has led large-scale quasi-experimental evaluations of reproductive health voucher programs in Bangladesh and Cambodia. Currently, he leads the evaluation of an integrated social health protection scheme for the poor and near-poor in Cambodia. In Myanmar, he is evaluating a project designed to increase access to integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for young, vulnerable populations. In Nepal, he is co-leading a comprehensive study of adolescents on the adolescent experience in remote and underserved regions.
Before moving to Bangladesh in 2012, Bajracharya helped develop and implement a computerized, commune-based health management information system in the Thai Nguyen province of Vietnam and helped build the capacity of commune, district, and provincial health workers to use data and evidence in health planning and decisionmaking.
Bajracharya began his career at the Population Council in 2008 as a Fred H. Bixby Postdoctoral Fellow based in New York City. As a Bixby Fellow, Bajracharya investigated early marriage and transitions to adulthood among adolescent girls in Nepal. He also conducted research on maternal employment and children's schooling in Nepal, domestic violence and women's membership in microcredit groups in Bangladesh, marriage-based transactions and dowry in Nepal and other developing countries, and patterns in the timing of marriage and childbearing in South Asia and Africa.
Bajracharya is a member of the Population Association of America, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and the Asian Population Association.
Bajracharya received his PhD in policy analysis and management from Cornell University, where he specialized in social demography and human development. He is a native of Nepal.