Child Psychiatry in a Least Developing Country: The Only Child Psychiatrist in Nepal Shares His Experience

University Seminar
Speaker: Arun Raj Kunwar, MD • Chief Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Kanti Children’s Hospital, Nepal; President, Psychiatric Association of Nepal

Dr Kunwar PhotoDr. Kunwar, is the only practicing Child and Adolescent (C&A) Psychiatrist of Nepal. He completed M.D. in Adult and General Psychiatry (2003) and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse, NY, USA. He was fulltime Research Assistant Professor at SUNY (2005 to 2009) at SUNY and during that period he was awarded “The Pilot Research Award” by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2005 and “Young Investigator Award” (NARSAD) 2008.

He moved back to Nepal and started full time practice in July of 2009. When he came back in 2009, there was only one half day a week C&A Psychiatry (CAP) clinic in whole of Nepal, which saw less than fifty patients in a year. Dr. Kunwar in collaboration with The Government of Nepal’s only Children’s Hospital has established fulltime CAP outpatient clinic which saw more than 2600 patient last year. Dr. Kunwar is in progression to develop first CAP Department which will house first CAP Psychiatry inpatient unit of Nepal and will also function as training site to develop more manpower. He aims to start CAP training program in Nepal in next couple of years.

Dr. Kunwar also established first peer reviewed psychiatry journal of Nepal and was the Founding Chief Editor of Journal of Psychiatrist’ Association of Nepal (JPAN:2011). Dr. Kunwar has authored more than 15 papers in peer reviewed international medical   journals. He also established the first and only Suicide Helpline of Nepal, which is the only such helpline in Nepal that provides active support and help to people who are contemplating suicide.

In this presentation Dr. Kunwar will talk about how is the CAP practice in a country like Nepal and his struggle, challenges and experience developing CAP field in Nepal.