Founded in 2005, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal (TPO Nepal) strives to develop local psychosocial, mental health, and conflict resolution capacity and systems that promote community resilience, quality of life, and self-reliance through education, research, service delivery and advocacy. Through the organization’s partnership with Duke University, the two institutions combine resources to research the most effective ways to improve mental health in Nepal.
While TPO strives to improve mental health in Nepal in a variety of capacities, their location creates a unique environment for research on community resilience following a catastrophic event. In 2015, an earthquake in Nepal that registered as an 8.1 on the Richter scale caused thousands of injuries and over $10 billion worth of damage. This tragic event left a severe impact on the physical and mental state of Nepal – making the work at TPO Nepal even more crucial. Within the last few years, Duke and TPO Nepal have dedicated resources to fellows at this site in Kathmandu, Nepal to research the lasting impact of this natural disaster as well as the most effective practices in improving community resilience.
Tony Pham, MD