Nepal is South Asia’s poorest country, and recently emerged from 10 years of armed confl ict between Maoist insurgents and the Nepalese armed forces. Despite initial hopes that the 2006 peace treaty and 2008 elections would usher in a new era of peace, social reform and economic development, uncertainty remains about the ability of political parties and other actors to work together in addressing the deep economic, social and political problems facing the country. Extreme poverty, ongoing instability and widening social divisions have exerted enormous pressures on individuals, families and communities, particularly Nepal’s poorest, and put a generation of Nepalis at risk. Psychosocial needs, especially among the most vulnerable communities, have grown, while traditional safety nets and support systems have eroded. Despite growing recognition of the importance of psychosocial well-being and mental health in overall health and functioning, Nepal does not have a working care system to address the needs of at-risk individuals and families. Nepal spends less than 7.5% of its national budget on health services, and a small fraction of that goes to mental health services.
It is in this context that TPO Nepal carries out its work of promoting psychosocial well-being and mental health of the most vulnerable children and families, through the establishment of sustainable, effective and culturally appropriate community-based psychosocial care and support systems.