2 Years with ACF


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.

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A mother and child in Rasuwa, where ACF was one of the main organizations in humanitarian response after earthquakes in 2015.

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.

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A field visit in a health post in Salme where trained ANM is helping a lactating mother.
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A psychosocial worker meeting an adolescent mother to discuss about care practices.

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.

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Participation in International Mental Health Conference Nepal (2018) with colleagues.

 

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With ACF Colleagues, Care Practices Training in 2016. Thanks to all of them for their support & cooperation.

Some Key publications:

ACF_MHCP_in_Nepal.V7 (Overall ACF Programmes)

MHCP_Saptari_FINALIZED1 (Programme in Saptari)

Evaluation Report (2016-nepal-Nuwakot and Rasuwa Programme evaluation)

Other Institutional Resources:

https://www.alnap.org/membership/members/action-against-hunger


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Draft of Revised Mental Health Policy Nepal


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Bhogedra Dottel, Chief of Primary Health Care and Revitalization Division, Department of Health Services
A workshop was organized today by Curative 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.
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Dr. Sushil Nath Pyakhurel from Ministry of Health and Population
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.

LiMH Course 2016


Photo feature of Annual 9th Leadership in Mental health course organized by Sangath and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Goa, India.

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The participants, tutors and staff of LiMH course 2016 at Panjim, Goa.
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Sharing about Nepal experience of MHPSS context
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Presenting the group work on Nepal Mental Health Plan at the end of the course.
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Our plan won the popular votes by participants and faculty. 
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Participants from Nepal: Madhur Basnet from BPKIHS, Ganesh Maya Shrestha from Leprosy Mission and myself from ACF.
Thanks to my former employer, ICRC for partially sponsoring my participation in the course.

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5th PIAD Workshop


I recently participated in 5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disasters (PIAD) which took place from 14-17 November in Manila, Philippines. This workshop is organized annually by International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) on behalf of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).This workshop is fifth in a series of similar workshops dealing with psychological research and practice in disaster context and how affected communities deal with the aftermath of such disasters from the psychosocial perspectives.

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Participants and faculty in 5th PIAD workshop

The workshop invites applications from practitioners from Asia and Pacific region for two important facts that over 60% of the world’s population are affected due to 41% of the natural disasters around the world occur in this region and secondly, the majority of countries in this region often lack an advanced infrastructure or support systems to support the affected population, more so with the mental health and psychosocial needs in the post-disaster context. The participants from various countries get a chance to learn from experienced faculty, interact and exchange experiences with other participants and present their own study in a form of poster during the period of four days’ workshop.

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Presenting my poster! Just below.

4x3 SMA PIAD poster 2016

I would like to share the workshop resources which can be accessed here: http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/news-centre/news/5th-international-workshop-on-psychological-intervention-after-disasters It includes ppt resources presented by the faculty.

This page covers the whole series of PIAD workshop: http://www.iupsys.net/events/capacity-building-workshops/

And here is the video playlist:

Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD) Alumni has been set up in mhpss.net for the particpants and faculty of the programme to keep in touch with each other and share resources. Participants are requested to join the group:  http://mhpss.net/groups/training/international-workshop-on-psychological-intervention-after-disasters-piad-alumni

I would like to thank Prof. Nordin Hasan and Mr. Mohd Hizammdin Jaafar from ICSU for their support. And it was a big pleasure to meet and learn from Joop de Jong who was in the faculty this year and who is also the founder of TPO.

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Thanks Joop, esp. for the breakfast conversations.

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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