Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) hosted the highly prestigious 14th British Nepal Academic Council (BNAC) Conference on 14th and 15th April 2016. Professor Padam Simkhada from the Centre for Public Health and Doctor Sara Parker from the School of Humanities and Social Science were the local hosts for the event which was jointly sponsored by BNAC and Edward Harcourt, LJMU’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement.
A total of 60 delegates from Nepal, UK and European universities attended the conference and a total of 24 papers on different themes were presented including eight from LJMU academics.
Professor Padam Simkhada talked about the impacts of migration in Nepal and Dr Ak Narayan Poudel presented a paper on the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS in Nepal, while Dr Bibha Simkhada presented on mental health training and education for nurses in Nepal. A further presentation was provided by Dr Kay Standing and Dr Sara Parker from the School of Humanities and Social Science entitled ‘Responses to violence against women in post-earthquake Nepal – Lessons from the field’.
In addition to this Bhakta Gurung, PhD student with CPH, Shraddha Manandhar, MSc student with CPH, and Lorna Porcellato also presented on the day.
Read about the presentations in more detail below: