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Conflict in Nepal: Political to Psychosocial Impacts

October 20th, 2015
1:00 PM


Tuesday, October 20

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Forum for Scholars and Publics, 011 Old Chem

Light lunch served

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.

(header image credit: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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 ...

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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 ...

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Sauharda Rai

Duke Global Health Institute

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 ...

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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 ...

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