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Theme: Bending the beliefs

This event occurred on
December 17, 2021
Dharan, Kosi

In light of the theme, “Bending the Beliefs”, our principle focus is to highlight the ground reality of our system in its stark glory, analyse our core judgements and try to figure out how we can progress as a society. For the local community, engaging with such first hand accounts of the speakers will provide them a better insight to their experiences, allow them to reflect introspectively and change their preconceived notions on sensitive subjects.

Organising TEDxBPKIHS will not only provide the institute a platform to share its ideas globally, but will also bring pragmatic effects in promoting consciousness and comprehension regarding health related issues locally. Through such real life stories, we also hope to underline the shortcomings of the healthcare system in Nepal faced by patients and doctors alike. We believe that such conversations will not only challenge the superstitions and beliefs that have been inculcated in us but will also revolutionise medicine- its practice and perception- as a whole.

Auditorium Hall, BPKIHS, Dharan
Buddha Road, Dharan 56700
Dharan, Kosi, 56700
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Archana Thapa

Author/Publisher/Independent Scholar
Archana Thapa is an independent scholar, author, publisher and civil society activist in Nagarik Andolan. She earned her Ph.D. in Tracing Gender Representation in the Contemporary Nepali Cultural Texts: Post Conflict Period (2006-2013). Thapa is sincerely invested in promoting women's writing. She is one of the founding members of Aahwaan, self-funded informal democratic discussion group based in Kathmandu that organizes informed public debates on literature, gender, media popular culture and contemporary socio-cultural beliefs as well as practices that affect women's lives. Her areas of interest are literature, gender, culture, activism and Nepali theatre and act.

Prof. Dr. Narendra Bhatta

Professor (Internal Medicine), H.O.D. (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) at BPKIHS
Prof. Dr. Narendra Bhatta is a professor of Internal Medicine and Head of Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan, Nepal. He completed his MBBS and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from India and Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Epidemiology from NIHES Erasmus University, Netherlands. The pioneer of academically training the next generation of clinicians in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, he conceptualized an innovative Medical Education Initiative in Nepal, "Expanding the Horizon of Medical Professionalism through fusion of Medicine and Humanities". His teachings in clinical decision making blends a unique combination of medicine, humanities and creative wisdom. An inspiring teacher, his approach towards the art of medicine, knowledge and skill astounds all those who witness his expertise.

Simran Sherchan

National Program Coordinator (Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities)
Miss Simran Sherchan identifies as a transgender woman and is an advocate for the rights of marginalized sex workers and LGBTQIA+ community in Nepal. Currently working as a National Program Coordinator at Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities, her motto in life is to educate, inspire and empower people who are struggling to find their true gender identity. Alongside her contribution to implement laws for the advancement of the marginalized, she is also a Board Member of Blue Diamond Society, a community that works to uplift sexual minorities. She hopes to enlighten people regarding the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and inculcate in us a sense of acceptance for oneself as well as for others.

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Dharan, Nepal


Dharan , Nepal