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.
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.
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.
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.
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.