Transcultural Psychological Organization Nepal
Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal (TPO Nepal)
94/13, Anek Marge, Baluwatar
GPO BOX 8974 CPC 612,
Dr Mark Jordans
+977 1 4431717
Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal is a non-governmental organization established in 2005 with the aim of promoting psychosocial and metal health wellbeing of people through development of sustainable, culturally appropriate and community based psychosocial and mental health support systems. In the beginning TPO Nepal worked in transitional situations such as conflict, refugee settings and disaster response and was active at the district and community level service provision. This experience really helped to broaden its knowledge base and expand the program areas to long term structural needs for mental health. TPO Nepal then expanded its program to address the mental health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, children affected by acute malnutrition, suicidal ideation among reproductive age women, women affected by domestic and sexual violence and people affected by alcohol and substance abuse. TPO Nepal’s core foci are community-based psychosocial and mental health service delivery, capacity building and scientific research.
All programs were initially implemented following an ‘NGO model’ with some district and regional level government coordination. Since last few years TPO Nepal has moved away from a solely NGO model and has adopted a joint ‘Government- NGO model’. TPO Nepal’s contribution in the development of national guidelines for trafficked women in collaboration with ministry of women, children and social welfare, it’s technical support to the National Center of HIV/AIDs Control in the development of psychosocial guidelines for children affected by HIV/AIDs and its role in providing psychosocial training to police staff in close collaboration with women and children service centers under Nepal police are some of the examples of Government- NGO model that TPO Nepal has successfully implemented. Nationally TPO Nepal has contributed by co-chairing the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial in Emergencies, by playing an active role in the establishment of National Mental Health Network and serving as secretariat for the first two years, by being psychosocial lead for Children Affected by Armed Groups and Forces (CAAFAG) working group and by participating as an active member of UN cluster systems (protection and health clusters).
TPO Nepal has signed an MoU with Ministry of Health and Populaltion (MoHP) to explore the feasibility of integrating mental health into PHC in Chitwan district through an international consortium project called PRIME (Program for Improving Mental Health Care) funded by DFID UK. Under this project the WHO’s mhGAP modality is being pilot tested and a district mental health care package is being developed.TOP