Background With COVID-19, there has been a rise in suicide, poverty, psychosocial problems, mental disorder, etc. In this context, training people on how to provide Basic Psychosocial Support (BPS) becomes crucial. Hence, The Asia Foundation and TPO Nepal with other partners have been working on developing and upgrading the e-learning platform with its BPS course. […]
Leaving no one behind: Building community capacities in Nepal for inclusive transitional justice, reconciliation and conflict resolution
Background: Nepal’s 10-year ‘People’s War’ (1996–2006) radically changed the country. More than 14,000 people lost their lives and thousands more were injured or displaced. Since the end of the armed conflict, which lasted from 1996 to 2006, the Nepal government has struggled to meet the demand for an adequate justice and reconciliation process to support victims […]
Providing Psychosocial Counselling Services to Children and Parents during COVID-19 in Jajarkot, Kalikot and Surkhet Districts
Introduction: – COVID-19 spread rapidly in the community in a few months’ time where more than twenty million people were infected by Corona virus, while more than 1200 people died. In this situation TPO Nepal started emergency response in more than 15 districts and response through helpline all over Nepal. In this context, TPO provided psychosocial […]
Psychosocial support to girls and boys vulnerable to child marriage and violent discipline/Children, adolescents, caregivers and vulnerable population psychosocial well-being (including in COVID-19 context) improved through services
Background Almost every child in Nepal suffers violence – be it child marriage or violent discipline. Around 52% girls are married by age 18 compared to 19% boys (NDHS, 2016).Violent discipline (physical punishment or psychological aggression) affects 82 per cent of children aged between 1 and 14 years in Nepal (MICS, 2014). Over 50% of […]
E-mhGAP Intervention guide in Low and middle-income countries: proof-of-concept for Impact and Acceptability (Emilia)
Background: – Emilia is a 3 years project funded by the Medial Research Council UK. Emilia is led by Kings College London and will be implemented in Nepal and Nigeria. Globally mental, neurological and substance use disorder are highly prevalent and responsible for 14% of the global burden of disease expressed in disability adjusted life years […]
Background: Adolescents in Nepal are at high risk of depression and anxiety, due to a complex picture of recent and historical trauma (two major earthquakes in 2015 and a 10-year civil war between 1996 and 2006) on a background of socio-economic deprivation. Whilst there are no national estimates of the prevalence of adolescent depression and […]
Background: The majority of mental illnesses have their onset by adolescence and early adulthood (Kessler et al, 2007). This burden of adolescent mental health is disproportionately borne by youth in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) who comprise nearly 90% of the world’s youth and who have the least access to services (Erskine et al, 2015, […]
Sensing technology to personalize adolescent maternal depression treatment in low resource settings (StandStrong)
Background: Nepal exemplifies the burden of poor maternal mental health with suicide being the leading single cause of maternal mortality. In rural areas, 85% of suicides below the age of 25 years occur among women. Early detection and management of psychological distress is imperative to improve both the mother’s wellbeing and child’s development however, this […]
Background: TPO Nepal had worked in Ramechhap district in previous years 2015-2016, where 35 prescribers and 29 non-prescribers had been trained on psychosocial support. Additionally, around 500 individuals received psychosocial counselling services. Through the work experience in Ramechhap district, it was found that there were high number cases requiring continuous psychosocial support, but due to the […]
Background: The Global Anti-Torture Evidence (GATE) Project was generously funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through IRCT. It aimed to further the global fight against torture, by using the data collected during the rehabilitation process to prevent torture, prosecute perpetrators and help victims rebuild their lives. Through the provision of rehabilitation […]
Strengthening of the Psychosocial Support Mechanisms in the Earthquake Affected and Disaster Prone Areas
Background: Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, with the support of UNICEF and collaboration with Department of Women and Children was providing technical support in establishing psychosocial support centers in earthquake affected and disaster prone areas. In this changing scenario where local elected bodies are in place, the allocated budget from central level did not reflect in […]
Background: Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, with the support of Australian Aid DAP Fund, had conducted 11 months program on suicide prevention in Sindhupalchowk district in 2017. The support was proven effective and need for the support was still relevant and inadequate in the changing scenario of the district. Thus the second phase of this […]
Improvement of Community-based Disaster Risk Management and Post-Disaster Psychosocial Care for Socially Vulnerable People in Nepal
This project was implemented by TPO Nepal under Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP), supported by the Japan government, in coordination with the Kathmandu Metropolitan office and IsraAID. This project aimed to improve the comprehensive community-based disaster risk management. Following activities were conducted with the government officials of Kathmandu metropolitan city, local NGOs/relief organizations, specialized nurses, […]
Background: National Women Commission (NWC) has established a 24-hour toll free helpline to provide support to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). If anyone faces GBV, or even witnesses such an incident, they can call the number 1145 to receive support for shelter, psychosocial support, child support and legal aid. The key focus of this project […]
This project was designed to provide psychosocial support to remote and isolated earthquake-affected communities. Across six districts, community resilience was promoted by helping survivors develop long-term coping strategies, regain a sense of normalcy and fully recover. In the first phase of the project, by training Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) and raising community awareness through […]
Feasibility Assessment of Invigorating grassroots primary Healthcare for cardiovascular prevention and management in low-resource settings in Nepal (FAITH study)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), is responsible for 17.5 million deaths worldwide in 2012. Although the rate of deaths from CVD has declined in high-income countries due to the reduction in risk factors and effective CVD management and control programs, CVD has become an increasing threat to most low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) where over 80% of […]
Support WCO to establish community based psychosocial support centers and psychosocial support to six flood affected districts
This project was funded by UNICEF from June 2016 to December 2017. Its objective was to provide technical support to strengthen psychosocial support centers conducted by women cooperatives promoted by Women and Children Office at Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk as well as to provide psychosocial support to six flood affected districts […]
A Translation and Validation Study of the Post Traumatic Growth Inventory among Nepali Children and Adults
TPO Nepal in collaboration with Yokohama City University Japan conducted a validation study to validate the Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) instrument in Nepali. A standard validation process was used. The instrument was first translated in Nepali by multiple translators and the final version was made ready and sent for Focus Group Discussions. The cultural sensitivity, […]
In order to facilitate detection and referral of people with mental health problems from the community, a paper-based detection tool called CIDT was developed, where vignettes are presented alongside the pictures depicting symptoms of a particular mental disorder. The Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) then used this tool to identify hidden cases of mental health […]
Introduction Emerging mental health systems in lower and middle-income countries (Emerald) program, was a multi-country study which was implemented in six LMICs; Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. The project duration was from November, 2012 to October, 2017. Funding The Emerald program was funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under […]
Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, with the support of Australian Aid Direct Aid Program Fund, conducted 11 months program from 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017 on suicide prevention at Sindhupalchowk district. The major objectives of this project were: To provide psychosocial support and build capacity to respond psychosocial issue and suicide To sensitize […]
The DFI project was a three year documentation scheme funded by International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) from 1 April 2014 to 31 May 2017) and was implemented in several countries including Nepal. The overall aim of DFI was to combine reliable and effective data to create powerful evidence based approaches to mobilize the […]
CTIP was a seven years (November 2010 – May 2017) program funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through The Asia Foundation (TAF). It aimed to promote psychosocial well-being of trafficked survivors as well as sexual and gender based violence (S/GBV) victims. The project was initially implemented in six districts namely, Kanchanpur, Banke, Kathmandu, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur […]
An assessment of the mental health and psychosocial status and needs of earthquake-affected communities in Rasuwa, Nuwakot and Makwanpur districts
This was a research project conducted by TPO Nepal with the support of American Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society in collaboration with Nepal Red Cross Society from November 2016 to March 2017. Its objective was to evaluate the long-term psychosocial and mental health needs of […]
Psychosocial Support to Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs) was the post disaster psychosocial support program for IDPs funded by Cordaid from 15th July 2016 to 31st March 2017 to restore psychosocial well-being of IDPs residing in 4 camps of Laharepauwa and Dhaibung VDCs of Rasuwa district. The IDPs were displaced from mostly affected VDCs (Hakku, Tiru, Dadagaun, etc) […]
Integration of mental health and psychosocial support services in primary health care facilities and community settings in the post-earthquake context of two affected districts in Nepal
TPO Nepal collaboratively with International Medical Corps implemented the ‘Integration of mental health and psychosocial support services in primary health care facilities and community settings in the post-earthquake context of two affected districts in Nepal’. This one year project from June 2015 to February 2017 included primary prevention of psychosocial problems through coordination with agencies facilitating safe […]
Adoption and evaluation of DBT- informed mental health promotion intervention for adolescent in Nepal
This project was funded by Heart-mind International from 2015-2016. Its objective was to develop and test Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-informed intervention in a school setting at Lalitpur.
This project was funded by Australian Embassy from June 2015 to July 2016. Its objective was to increase the access of psychological support to the earthquake affected people in the community by developing skilled community- based psychosocial workers at Nuwakot.
Political violence, natural disasters and mental health outcomes: Developing innovative health practices and interventions
This project was funded by McGill University/ Center for Victims of Torture, Nepal (CVICT). Its objective was to further development and adaptations of psychosocial counseling in Nepal based on research findings on the impact of violence on communities and on existing resources.
Capacity building of staff/focal persons working for the protection of survivors of gender based violence
This project was funded by enabling State Program (ESP). Its objective was to conduct 10 days crash course training to the concerned service providers and policy makers to expand their knowledge and skills in order to support survivors’ psychosocial well-being.
This was a one year program supported by DFID and led by Nepal Health Sector Support Program (NHSSP) from 1 August 2015 to 31 December 2016 to strengthen Nepal’s health care system in the post-earthquake situation. TPO Nepal implemented mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) component in four earthquake affected districts namely Dolakha, Ramechhap, Kavre […]
Assessment of mental health and psychosocial support needs and resources among earthquake-affected communities in Nepal
This project was funded by International Medical Corps from August to December 2015. Its objective was to allow for an informed and targeted mental health response that addressed the specific needs of populations and communities affected by the earthquakes. Publications: Mental health problems in the aftermath of earthquake in Nepal Mental health and psychosocial problems […]
Mental health beyond facilities (mhBEF) was a project funded by Grand Challenges Canada and led by Makerere University School of Public Health from 1 October 2012 to 31 December 2015. mhBeF developed an evidence-based Comprehensive Community-based Mental Health Services (CCMHS) package, in accordance with the mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), for people with severe […]
This was a six months emergency response project funded by IsraAID from 1 June 2015 to 31 December 2015 and was implemented in six districts namely, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga, Sindhupalchowk, Bhaktapur and Katmandu. It aimed to promote the psychosocial well-being of the survivors of the earthquake by providing psychosocial support (individual counseling, family counseling and […]
Enhancing community resilience in the acute aftermath of disaster: Evaluation of a disaster mental health intervention
This was a disaster mental health intervention research project funded by ELRHA (DFID and Wellcome Trust), from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015 in partnership with the lead agency, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA. The project aimed to examine the effectiveness of a culturally-adapted mental health intervention designed to lessen the impact […]
Development and evaluation of family and school based intervention for children with behavioral problems in rural Nepal
This was a research project based in Chitwan funded by the South Asian Hub for Advocacy, Research and Education (SHARE) from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015 in collaboration with a PhD student of John Hopkins University. Its objective was to develop and evaluate a family-based intervention for children with behavioral problems in Nepal. […]
Nepal Earthquake Response Programme (NERP) was a short term emergency response project funded by Helpage International Nepal from 1 June 2015 to 30 November 2015. Its overall objective was to provide psychosocial and mental health support to the older people in severely earthquake affected districts in Nepal. It was implemented in Kathmandu, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk and Gorkha […]
PPRP was a short term project funded by the Asia Foundation from 1 July 2015 to 30 November 2015 which aimed to provide psychosocial support to the survivors of the recent earthquake in Nepal. It was implemented at Rasuwa, Ramechhap, Dolakha, Dhading, Nuwakot and Lalitpur districts of Nepal. The project aimed to reach its goal […]
This research project was funded by HealthNetTPO from January to August 2013. Its objective was to establish a foundation for research-informed future decision-making on investments in further research, policy and/or response to address the problem of suicide in South Asian countries. Publication: Suicide in South Asia: a scoping review
“Naya Bato Naya Paila” was a large, multi-partner project aimed at supporting girls and women working in the entertainment sector in Kathmandu Valley. This project was supported by Terre Des Hommes and US Department of Labor from 1 May 2010 to 31 December 2012. TPO Nepal was the technical partner for psychosocial and mental health […]
National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) with the technical support of TPO Nepal and financial support of UNICEF (1 October 2009 to 30 October 2012), developed and endorsed the national level guideline to mainstreaming psychosocial support for the children affected by HIV/AIDS in the interventions of Nepal Government. Furthermore, TPO Nepal implemented the […]
Save the Children supported 4 NGOS in implementation of a psychosocial support program for Children Associated with Armed Forces And Groups (CAAFAG) and other vulnerable children in 8 districts of Nepal: Kailali, Baitadi, Achham, Rukum, Rolpa, Banke, Dang, and Saptari. Implementing NGOS provided individual and group counseling, family counseling, dance movement therapy, and conducted awareness […]
This project was funded by UNICEF from 2010 to 2012. Its objective was to promote psychosocial well-being of vulnerable girls, women and families by reducing psychosocial distress resulting from the experience of sexual violence at 14 districts of Nepal.
This project was funded by UNICEF from 2010 to 2012. Its objective was to facilitate social reintegration of VMLR through the promotion of life skills, community-based peace building and reconciliation activities at 43 districts of Nepal.
Psychosocial intervention/ care for care giver training for Nepal police working in the Women and Children Service Centers (WCSC)
This project was funded by UNICEF from 2010-2012. Its objective was to sensitize police to their own psychosocial needs as well as the psychosocial needs of vulnerable individuals in police custody at 75 districts of Nepal.
This project was funded by UNICEF from 2009 to 2012. Its objective was to improve psychosocial well-being of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS at Sunsari, Kailali and Achham.
To contextualize the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies for Nepal, TPO Nepal organized a multi-agency process to use the IASC guidelines as a tool to raise awareness, foster coordination, and systematically integrate mental health and psychosocial considerations within the humanitarian cluster approach in Nepal. This project was funded by UNICEF from […]
This project was funded by USAID from July to November 2009. Its objective was to build up community support and cohesion and provide psychosocial education through the youth groups in the community with technical support of TPO.
Capacity building for UNICEF implementing partner NGOs for community based psychosocial care for CAAFAG
This project was funded by UNICEF from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2008. This was a three phase project focusing on capacity building for psychosocial care for Children Associated with Armed Forces And Groups (CAAFAG) in eight districts. Phase one focused on developing and piloting a training course for NGO staffs working with CAAFAG, […]
Community and school based psychosocial care for Children in Areas of Armed Conflict and Victims of Torture
This project was funded by Save the Children from 2005-2007. Its objective was to conduct school and community-based psychosocial intervention (CBI) in 15 districts of Mid-western, western and Far-western Nepal.
RESHAPE (Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Task Sharing: Stigma Reduction in Primary Care) is a research project funded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), USA (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml) via The George Washington University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. (https://www.gwu.edu/ ). The global burden of disease attributable to depression rose 37% from 1990 to 2010. The […]
OPAL (Optimizing Provider Attitudes and competence in Learning mental health systems) was a cross – country research project funded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), USA (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml ) via The George Washington University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. (https://www.gwu.edu/ ). Along with Nepal, this project was also taking place in Ethiopia through Addis […]
Feasibility and acceptability of mobile technologies to collect child behavior data in the Kathmandu valley
The hypothesis was that by providing caregivers in low-resource settings with insight into their household and their children’s day to day lives, the caregiver could become more aware of the child’s environment and thus implement changes to bolster the child’s development. The project was run in two countries – Nepal and South Africa – in […]
Problem Management Plus (PM+) is a brief 5-session trans-diagnostic psychological WHO intervention with strategies that could be delivered by non-specialist lay-providers to adults in distress. Two randomized controlled trials in Pakistan and Kenya demonstrated the efficacy of individually delivered PM+. In order to make PM+ more salable and acceptable in different contexts, PM+ was adapted […]
Jumla Mental Health Project was started by TPO Nepal in 2013 with the aim of providing evidence-based, high quality, culturally appropriate mental health services to the residents in Jumla. Over the years, the different activities of this project have been supported by Duke Global Health Institute, HopeLab Foundation and Jacobs Foundation. Currently HeartMind International (HMI), […]
PRIME was a eight-year multi-national research project funded by DFID (Department for International Development) UK to consortium partners in five countries (South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, India and Nepal). The study was led by the University of Cape Town, South Africa with partners in the UK and the World Health Organization (WHO). The overall aim of […]