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Conflict in Nepal

Date

Oct 20 2015

Time

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Location

Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Conflict in Nepal

[ Photo: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters ]

 

Conflict in Nepal

Political to Psychosocial Impacts

After more than seven years of negotiations which followed decades of violent conflict, Nepal recently adopted a new constitution. Questions remain, however. How will advocates of a religious state respond to the constitution’s commitment to Nepal as a secular state? How will ethnic alliances react to new provinicial boundaries? What will be the lingering psychosocial effects of the many years of violence and political and economic chaos endured by Nepal’s people? Two researchers from the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, Suraj Koirala and Nagendra Prasad Luitel, join Duke faculty member Brandon Kohrt of the Global Health Institute (DGHI), and DGHI Research Associate Sauharda Rai to discuss the current constitutional conflict in Nepal and its effect on mental health.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served.

Speakers

Suraj Koirala

Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal

Suraj Koirala is the Executive Manager of Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, a leading psychosocial/mental health NGO in Nepal that works in research, intervention, training and advocacy. The organization has a broad geographical coverage in Nepal and is working closely with several government and international institutions, including the Duke Global Health Institute…...

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Nagendra Prasad Luitel

Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal

Mr. Nagendra Prasad Luitel is the Head of Research at Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, a leading psychosocial and mental health organization that aims to promote the psychosocial well-being and mental health of children, families and especially vulnerable communities in Nepal. Mr. Luitel holds a Master's degree in Population Studies from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is a PhD candidate at the University of…...

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Sauharda Rai

Duke University

Sauharda Rai works at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) as a Research Associate, coordinating mental health research in Nepal. Prior to joining DGHI, he was working in Nepal (Including TPO Nepal) with vulnerable populations affected by the conflict. Mr. Rai has traveled extensively in rural parts of Nepal, witnessing the…...

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Brandon Kohrt

Duke University

Brandon Kohrt is assistant professor of Psychiatry, Global Health, and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He conducts global mental health research focusing on populations affected by war-related trauma and chronic stressors of poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to healthcare and education. He has worked in Nepal for 16 years…...

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