I finished my work in ACF after two years. I joined ACF for an integrated intervention for earthquake affected people in Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts. I was glad to be able to once again continue my career in a humanitarian sector after working few years in ICRC for the families of missing in an accompaniment/psychosocial support program. After seven months in Nuwakot Base, I moved to Kathmandu office as a roving programme manager to cover more districts like Saptari and Rautahat in addition to previous two districts.
One of the best things that happened in ACF was that, in addition to my own sector of mental health and care practices, I had a chance to learn and work with colleagues from other sectors such as Nutrition, WASH, FSL and DRR. This enriched my whole experience and taught to take a look at programming from multi-sectorial perspectives to have more impact and long lasting results.
It was nice to be part of two international conferences, one ACF organized in 2017 on Child’s Health and Development: Improving children’s lives, Maximizing their abilities and another one was International Mental Health Conference Nepal (IMHCN) 2018 as a executive member of the organizing committee in partnership with Government of Nepal, Ministry of Health, PHCRD.
Now, I have decided to take a break from humanitarian work for a while and am returning back to doing research.
A workshop was organized today byCurative Service Division, Ministry of Health and Population to finalize draft Mental Health Policy and Legislation. The division is now taking this forward for necessary approval process soon.
Please, find attached the drafts of policy and legislation for the reference. If any one want to give feedback on these documents, I would be glad to pass it on to focal person who is coordinating with the ministry. Kindly write to me in direct message. The deadline for communication is 14 June.
It’s been exactly a month we organized International Mental Health Conference Nepal (IMHCN) 2018 after several months of preparation and collaboration between representatives from different government and non-government organizations working in the area of mental health in Nepal.
The lead organizer of the conference was Ministry of Health, Department of Health Services, Primary Health Care Revitalization Division. It took place in Park Village Resort, Kathmandu on 16 and 17 Feb, 2018. It was supported by 16 different organizations and academic institution composed of main organizing committee and seven sub-committees (Scientific, Communication & Media, Souvenir, Policy Discourse, Terminology Translation, Hospitality & Event Management and Finance & Logistics) dedicated to execute specific tasks related to the conference. I had an opportunity to be in the organizing committee and coordinator of Communication & Media Subcommittee. Other members of my committee were Suraj Shakya, Gopal Dhakal and Ritesh Khadka. I would like to thank them for their cooperation.
This conference addressed the mental health and psychosocial themes by presenting scientific studies and programmatic innovations by bringing together mental health & psychosocial professionals, academics, service users and related stakeholders in the common platform. Keynote and invited speakers gave special presentations on key themes related to mental health and psychosocial well-being. Researchers from Nepal and various countries shared their findings and field experiences. Presentations and debates focused on promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation approaches that contribute to improving mental health and psychosocial well-being.
Altogether 34 papers and 51 posters were presented/exhibited in the two-day conference. 6 keynote speakers and 4 invited speakers from Nepal and other countries highlighted the importance of mental health and psychosocial services and research. Over 350 participants attended the conference. Me along with four other ACF colleagues participated and we had one paper presentation by Karine Le Roch on FUSAM research and one poster exhibition related to one of the projects ACF implemented in Nuwakot and Rasuwa after the earthquakes.
The program book and presentations are now available in the website:
I would like to invite you to contribute in compiling this digest. Contributions (both in Nepali and English) are welcome until 31 December 2017. All contributions will be duly acknowledged and appreciated.
The final version of this digest will be available online on the first week of 2018.