Press Release – 1st Global Nepali Health Conference
Dear Friends in the United States and beyond!
We recently concluded the historic 1st Global Nepali Health Conference & Health Festival held in Atlanta, and we would like to reflect back and express the highest appreciation to each and everyone who helped make the conference a grand success.
The conference was jointly organized by Global Health & Hygiene Committee of NRNA-ICC and NRNA-NCC-USA in collaboration with partners including Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, STAR Scholars Network, Society of American Nepali Nurses, Blood Donors of America, Nepali Cultural Center, Nepalese Association of Georgia, NRNA-Canada, Thomas Eye Group.
The conference was attended by several hundred participants who participated in the scientific session, panel discussion, sessions on youth health, women’s health, the safety of employees at high-risk occupations. Promulgation of Atlanta Declaration on Global Nepali Health is another major outcome of the conference that has signatories from numerous organizations and individuals who have direct and indirect stakes in the health of Nepali people whether they are living in or outside of Nepal.
Further, during the conference, over 100 people were screened for cholesterol and diabetes, up to 60 lives were saved by the blood donated by the generous donors at the blood drive, over 50 were tested for their vision, over 35 participants learned techniques of CPR & AED, hundreds gained health by Walk & Fun Run and Yoga session, and hundreds engaged in the networking, collaborations, partnership, information sharing.
Our invited guests from different parts of the world as well as different cities and states of the United States who included Nepal Deputy Prime Minister & Health & Population Minister Upendra Yadav, Honorable Johnny Crist among others have expressed their hearty appreciations for the warm hospitality they received from the Nepali community in the United States and Georgia.
We must acknowledge these volunteer colleagues who went above-and-beyond to make the conference meaningful and successful: Srijana Khatiwada Sharma, Surya Lamsal, Gobinda Shrestha, Netra P Pokhrel Bandhu, Manju Menaka Karki, Baburaja Maharjan, Dilip Kumar Baniya, Ganga Dhar Timilsina, Prakash Dhamala, Rupak Lamichhane, Sneha Chhetri Sapkota, Satya Chaudhary, Kumar KC, Damu Dongol, Dhananjay Mudbhary, Dr. Anup Srivastav, Girwan Pandey, Bishwa Man Angdembe, Santosh Yadav, Binod Ruwali, Abhiyan Bista, Bhabindra Basnet, as well as Vishrut ji, Arora ji and Ramesh ji from Vedic Temple.
Special thanks to Mr. Suneel Sah, the president of NRNA-USA and Mr. Arjun Banjade, Mr. Pashupati Pandey, Kirhsna Jibi Pant, Buddhi Subedi, Netra Pokharel Bandhu — the officials from the NRNA-NCC USA — as well as Dr. Pralhad Pant, Kumar KC, the presidents of the host organizations Nepali Cultural Center and Nepalese Association of Georgia respectively for their organizational support and for making sure our invited guests were well taken care of and each program of the conference run seamlessly.
We must recognize and thank Birendra KC, Junu Gurung, Rojesh Shakya, Sujit Singh, Janak Chand, Durlav Rijal, Sanjaya Sharma, Dr. Niroj Basnet, Dr. Tirtha Timsina, Laxmi Oli, Satish Gupta, Dr. Sangeeta Sharma, Shreejana Hickman, Dr, Nirdesh Sharma, Dr. Kavita Sharma, Pramila Basnet, Radha Poudel, Bed R Basnet, Prem Baniya, Santosh Pahari, Ram C Pokharel, Rewoti Raj Adhikari, Prashan Rai, Chirinjibi Bhattrai, Saru Tiwari, Bidhya Gurung, Usha Pokharel, Dr. Pranaya Rana, Krishna Parajuli, Kunal Mishra, Sarita Timsina, Lekh Sharma, Tilu Sapkota, Tek Thapa, Kapil Wagle, and Namita Ghimire.
Our young volunteers Darshana Ghimire, Amulya Mudvari, Sauzaas Sapkota, Ivana Sharma, Shruti Mishra, Vidarsha Mishra, Sanskriti Mishra and our young dance performers Avani Timsina, Prisha Sapkota, Shalin Pokharel deserve our appreciations for their outstanding contributions for the conference. All volunteers are receiving or have received a certificate of appreciation.
We would not have gotten any far without the invaluable support of our generous sponsors who provided us funds and in-kind mentioned in this link (https://nrna.org/GHC/
The significant role of Suneel Sah, Dr. Uttam Gaulee, Dr. Santosh Sapkota, Dr. Tara Sigdel, Mr. Pashupati Pandey, Krishna Jibi Pant, Mr. Saubhagya Lal Shrestha, Srijana Sharma, Ram Thapa, Surya Lamsal, Netra Prasad Pokhrel Bandhu, Damu Dongol, Abhiyan Bista, Girwan Pandey, Bishwa Man Angdembe, Santosh Pahari, Gobinda Shrestha, Sriya Gajurel (Miss Nepal North America), Badri KC, (NRNA ICC General Secretary), Dr. Puru Shrestha, Pitambar Dahal, Bijaya Thapa, Gokul Dhakal, Bijaya Thapa, Kiran Budhathoki, Ram Kumar Gyawali were remarkable either in the planning of the conference or in the seamless functioning of many of its activities or both.
Last but not the least, thanks to Sitar Atlanta Restaurant for the delicious food that the participants appreciated and to Himalayan Spice for not only for the great food but for the venue for several of our meetings.
Photos from the conference are being uploaded on our website but there are some to view in this gallery (https://nrna.org/Gallery/
Once again, let us express our highest appreciations to friends, colleagues, guests, professionals and all who help make the conference outstandingly successful!
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota
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