New job in ACF


Last month I started a new job at Action Contre la Faim (ACF)- [Action against Hunger], as Mental Health and Care Practices Programme Manager covering Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts. ACF is working in those districts after the earthquakes and has remained one of the most active organizations for humanitarian response following the disaster last year.  Through its nutrition and mental health & care practices  programmes, ACF prevents, diagnoses and treats acute malnutrition in those most at risk, including young children and pregnant or breast-feeding/lactating women by integrating  nutrition and mental health aspects, emphasizing on strong mother-child bonding, increasing community sensitization about care practices for child development, and building capacity of staff of health facilities & teachers of schools of Nepal government in collaboration with District Health Office and District Education Office and reaching out to the community through local NGO partners.

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4 years 4 months


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Finally, after 4 years 4 months, the time has come for me to close this circle and move on for the new one. I am very content to have my work successfully completed and I am looking forward for my new mission from next month.

Even before I joined ICRC, I was aware about the issue of disappearance in Nepal and the psychosocial aspects related to the families of the missing. In 2009, I had worked in a research project related to Missing persons and their families in Surkhet and I wrote about it on the occasion of Day of the Disappeared in 2010.

In 2012, when I joined ICRC, the pilot phase was coming to closure, and the first and second expansions were already rolling on. I worked for the first expansion districts covering three districts of Kathmandu Valley.

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At the same time, we were also preparing for the launch of third expansion in 10 districts, I was engaged in assessment and the implementation of program in Dhading and Nuwakot in partnership with Nepal Red Cross Society district chapters.

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In 2014, we finally rolled out the final/fourth expansion of the program, I was managing the program in Kavre, Sindhupalchwok and Ramechhap. I wrote about my experience after two years here.

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After earthquakes in 2015, our team were engaged for psychological first aid response in affected districts both by training Red Cross Volunteers as well as providing services in the community.

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In 2015, I was supported for my participation in 11th Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course, organized by Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Thanks to ICRC for that support.

Finally, this year, we have completed the program successfully and produced the dissemination materials. And at the last moment, we also had an opportunity to provide an brief orientation on psychosocial support for the staff of Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons of Nepal and we are hopeful they will consider the importance of psychosocial aspects while helping the families of the missing in their future work.

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Public Resources in one place

md_cover-misssing-family-report-2009 2009 – Families of missing persons in Nepal: a study of their needs PDF: families-of-missing-persons-nepal-report

This assessment conducted by Simon Robbins was a stepping stone for the launch of Hateymalo program in Nepal.

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2010 – Hateymalo: Accompanying families of the missing in Nepal. Piloted in Bardiya by Bhava Poudyal, Nepalese Psychologist and the team of ICRC colleagues which expanded to altogether 46 districts of Nepal in successive four phases.

 

2013 – Release of Don’t go so far documentary. Directed by Arnaud Galent.

2016 – Completion of the program & Final Dissemination Products (Reports , Documentaries & Photobook). In collaboration of Yubaraj Adhikari, Sujen Man Maharjan and ICRC colleagues of various departments.

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hateymalo_accompaniment_report (ENGLISH),  hateymalo_accompaniment_report_in_nepali (NEPALI),

commemorating_the_missing (photobook)

 

Documentary:

 

The wait continues…


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Hundreds of families and the relatives of the missing persons still continue to wait for their loved ones. It has been more than a decade that they are living with ambiguity, the families want an answer on the whereabouts of their loved ones.

Expressing Solidarity with the families on the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared 2016.

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Ram Kumar Bhandari talking with a journalist.
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Main characters of the drama Aadha Satya about the families of missing persons.
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After a show, families expressing their reflections.
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A Child waiting for a missing parent to come back!

31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2016


The 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2016 was held in Yokohama, Japan from July 24-29 2016.  This year it was organized around the theme “Diversity in Harmony: Insights from Psychology.”  The ICP is organized by a national host committee under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science every four years. The 32nd Congress has been confirmed to be hosted in Prague, Czech Republic in 2020, the dates will be announced soon.

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Princess Akishino Kiko giving a welcome speech during the opening ceremony of ICP.     Photo by: Shirong Zhang (Sharon), Renmin University of China.

The congress was very well-organized and it was a great opportunity to learn about the research and works being done all around the world.

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Professor Kazuo Shigemasu, Chair of Organizing Committee of ICP2016 showing the regional distribution of over 8000 presentations

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Coincidentally, there were just three papers related to Nepal and also three participants from Nepal.

The papers were as follows:

  1. Psychosocial care for cancer patient by Subba, Usha Kiran

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2. Psychosocial Services in Post-Earthquake Nepal by Maharjan, Sujen M

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3.Empirical study of psychological factors and intervention to increase psychological harmony after the earthquake in Nepal by Stueck, Marcus (Germany); Utami, Dian S (Germany); Boehm, Maya (Nepal); Balzer, Hans-ullrich (Germany)

And three Nepali Participants:

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Myself, Usha Subba and Bijay Gyawali (from left).

Some Files: ICP2016_Program_Final & abstractforICP2016_sujenman_nepal

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