“First in Asia” Award 2022,

June 2, 2022

Ram Charitra Sah wins “First in Asia” Award

The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry proudly announces its “First in Asia” Award to Ram Charitra Sah of Kathmandu, head of the very vibrant and effective NGO Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) Nepal.  

Nepal is the first country in all of Asia to achieve mercury-free dentistry!  The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, based in Washington with projects in 50 countries, provides this unique award that recognizes both the NGO leader who made it happen and the nation who came first.

“The quite challenging multi-year campaign to rid Nepal of toxic mercury win was engineered by Ram Sah.” said Charlie Brown, president of the World Alliance.  “Deeply appreciative of Mr. Ram, we give this award to recognize his years of service for the people and environment of Nepal and of the Himalayas.”

“Ram Sah is recognized as one of the outstanding NGO leaders in Asia – and indeed the world,” said Siddika Sultana, director of the Asian Center for Environmental Health in Dhaka.  “We are proud that our South Asian neighbor Nepal has gone to mercury-free dentistry, and we salute my friend Ram for leading the way.”

Mr. Ram graduated in Environmental Science with Distinction Division from Bangalore University; Bangalore under the Government of India Silver Jubilee Scholarship scheme provided to the Government of Nepal on the occasion of the 25th Yeats of accession of throne of Late King Birendra Bikram Shahdev of Nepal. Mr. Ram has over 20 years of working experiences in the field of environment conservation and protection of public health. 

Ram’s tireless research-based campaign efforts has established chemical safety issues in Nepal including bring positive momentum about mercury free dentistry and mercury free health care services among most stringent and rigid dental professional and high-level policy makers through his strategic and visionary participatory approaches of engaging the Nepal Dental Association (NDA), high level policy makers including leaders at ministries of health and environment of Nepal. As a results Government of Nepal, Ministry of Health and Population has banned import, purchase and uses of all mercury-based equipment’s in health sector of Nepal effective from 17th July 2013 as well as time bound phase out schemes for mercury dental amalgam effective since 21st August 2019. NDA also made very positive decision based on their national and international discussion and have already adopted the mercury free dentistry practices to the maximum extent possible. Academic institution like Kathmandu University have already made improved in their dental college towards phasedown the use of dental amalgam in their theoretical as well as practical lessons.

Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) is an environmental NGO established in the year 2004, by a group of activist and experienced people from medical, environment and public health sectors. CEPHED’s focus is to serve Nepalese people and communities in the field of public health and environment. CEPHED has adopted the vision of connecting people to the science and technology for healthy leaving and environmental safety and providing access to new scientific knowledge, technology and safety measures from environment and public health sectors through research, publication, coordination, capacity building and policy dialogue.

The mission of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry is to phase out the use of dental amalgam worldwide.  To accomplish this goal, we promote effective measures to phase down amalgam use.



Ram Charitra Sah wins “First in Asia” Award

WWF Nepal Conservation Award 2020,

March 16, 2021

Happy to share good news about our CEPHED selected for ” WWF Nepal Conservation Award 2020″ for its work in the field of environment conservation and protection of public health. The organization has played a key role in reducing chemical pollution through elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) and making mercury free health care services and mercury free dentistry in Nepal. That would have otherwise loaded the environment, air, water, river which flows through biodiversity reached areas including national parks of Nepal inhabited by many endangered flora and fauna.
Thanks to WWF Nepal, a panel of esteemed judges and all supporting individuals, organizations, regional and global networks and funding agencies.
Please join us in celebrating yet another great recognition and achievements from our collaborative efforts to protect the environment and public health. Thank you once again to all.
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Environment Conservation Award 2069 (2012),

March 1, 2021

June 5th 2012, On the occasion of World Environment Day 2012, Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED), Nepal have been awarded with Environment Conservation Award 2012 for its contribution on Environment Conservation through Research, Publications, Awareness raising, Capacity building in the area of heavy metals like Lead, Mercury and Cadmium, POPs, PCBs. Ministry of Environment also recognize the pilot model projects of developing mercury free health care services, PCB free metal fabricating (grill workshops) and environment sound health care waste management promoting non burning mode of treatment technology thus curbing the release of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to the environment. Ram Charitra Sah, Executive Director of CEPHED, received award from Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

2011 PEN (PCB Elimination Network) Award,

March 1, 2021

Recognizing the continuous hard work and outstanding contribution of Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) for raising awareness and making access to information on POPs including PCBs, CEPHED has been awarded with the 2011 PEN (PCBs Elimination Network) award in the category of cross-cutting issues. Ram Charitra Sah, Executive Director for CEPHED, accepted the award at a ceremony at the Stockholm Convention’s 5th Conference of the Parties, held in Geneva from 24 – 29 April, 2011.

The purpose of the awards is to honor outstanding achievements in the environmentally- sound management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). CEPHED has been working to minimize the use of PCB-contaminated transformer oil through research, information sharing, awareness-raising, model workshops, campaigning and advocacy with the concerned government agencies and others.

Grill Entrepreneur National Award, 2068 BS (2011 ),

March 1, 2021

Recognizing the awareness activities of the CEPHED towards the PCB led oil contained transformer use in grill industry and its impacts to the grill workers, Grill Association have awarded Mr. Ram Charitra Sah, Executive Director of CEPHED with the National Award 2068.

On that occasion the message about the PCBs and its use in the welding machine along with their impacts on health and environment were also talked by Mr. Sah. The National Coordinator Mr. Gopalraj Serchan from UNDP GEF SGP Nepal program were also present on that occasion. Several national and international news media, web portal had covered the news about this achievement.