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  • May 20, 2021 3:42 PM | Anonymous

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    May 20, 2021

    As members of an association of academics of Nepali origin in the United States, we feel the pain and suffering the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to our loved ones back in Nepal. Reported statistics on the rates of test positivity, infection, and mortality suggest that the situation is extremely dire. The current trajectory places Nepal at the highest level of infections in South Asia. The situation is even worse in rural areas in the country where medical facilities are very limited. 

    Nepal is severely ill-equipped to bear the brunt of the pandemic. Just when we thought the pandemic was inching closer to an end in many countries, Nepal is getting the wrath of another and yet more vicious wave of COVID-19. The raging infection and hospitalization have inundated the already weak, under-resourced, and mismanaged medical apparatus, forcing people with terminal and other severe illnesses to deprive of health care and even lose lives. 

    As a group dedicated to educating and informing the public and policymakers, we feel that it is our responsibility to help Nepal and any other organization or initiative combat the pandemic. Our members are experts in many areas, including public health, medicine, and biomedical and behavioral health sciences. We stand united and prepared to provide any technical support needed to make evidence-based decisions and logistical support. We ask every member of NACA and other organizations of the Nepali diaspora community to make all possible attempts to educate and advocate on behalf of Nepal and Nepalis at this critical juncture.

    The pandemic in Nepal has affected the health, welfare, and productivity of the entire community of the Nepali diaspora and academics in the U.S.  We, therefore, plead with vaccine-surplus or vaccine-producing countries to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal urgently. Furthermore, we urge the Biden Administration to allocate a part of its growing vaccine surplus for Nepal specifically. Not only is providing vaccines to an underdeveloped country like Nepal a moral obligation, but the global reach of this highly contagious disease will never fade until vaccines are mobilized at a truly global scale.


    Established in 2020, Nepali Academics in America (NACA) is a non-profit professional association of academics of Nepali origin in the United States with close to 100 members. NACA members representing academia, government, industry, and nonprofit organizations engage in education, research, and outreach activities in the United States, Nepal, and globally. 



  • May 03, 2021 5:16 PM | Gyan Nyaupane (Administrator)

    Please find the 2nd issue of NACA Newsflash. NACA Newsflash is a monthly e-newsletter of the Nepali Academics in America (NACA). The objective of NACA Newsflash is to celebrate and disseminate the accomplishments of NACA members and to stimulate collaboration for the benefits of Nepal and Nepali communities around the world.  NACA Newsflash Issue 2.pdf

  • April 01, 2021 3:00 PM | Gyan Nyaupane (Administrator)

    Please find our first NACA Newsflash. NACA Newsflash is a monthly e-newsletter of the Nepali Academics in America (NACA). The objective of NACA Newsflash is to celebrate and disseminate the accomplishments of NACA members and to stimulate collaboration for the benefits of Nepal and Nepali communities around the world. 

    NACA Newsflash


  • March 24, 2021 1:04 PM | Anonymous
    Get excited and get ready! The Preliminary Program of the NACA 2021 Conference has been released. All the participants for "panel discussion sessions" and "research presentation sessions" have been notified on March 23, 9:00pm EST. Please find the preliminary program live on our website, and feel free to download a PDF version, which works better for printing. 

     PRELIMINARY PROGRAM REGISTER HERE

    Please note that ALL attendees, including the panelists, presenters, moderators and chairs will have to be registered to access this virtual conference platform and links. 

    To encourage and facilitate better participation from our colleagues and collaborators in Nepal, NACA is proud to waive the registration fees for those participating from Nepal. If you are in a position to support NACA, please donate whatever amount that fits your budget. 

    We are all excited and are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference. 

    CONFERENCE WEBSITE


  • March 12, 2021 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    The NACA Inaugural Conference is scheduled for April 16 and 17 (10:30 AM to 01:30 PM Eastern Standard Time). It aims to showcase the intellectual diversity and scholarly depth of Nepali academics, and to facilitate collaboration for knowledge production and sharing around the world. 

    This conference features an exciting line up of plenary keynote, open dialogue panels, and research presentation focusing on Nepal. In these two action-packed days, attendees will also have the opportunities to get to know each other and be familiar with potential research collaboration potentials. 

    Our keynote speaker is Prof. Amir Sapkota of School of Public Health at University of Maryland, where he is also Director of Exposome Small Molecule Core Facility. The title of his speech is "Emerging Knowledge on climate Change: Responding to Threats and Opportunities."


    REGISTER NOW



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