Atlanta, 21 September, 2019

STAR President Uttam Gaulee facilitated a distinguished panel on health challenges and opportunities for the Nepali people around the world during the First Global Nepali Health Conference organized in Atlanta. Sub theme of the panel was human capital, brain drain, and brain circulation in the context of Nepal Government’s recent initiative to leverage the diasporic power for nation building. The panel consisted of the 13 heads of associations representing medical professionals, public health activists, and Nepali diaspora professionals from around the world, representing countries including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea. Also among the panel was the Deputy Prime Minister and Health and Population Minister of Nepal Hon’ble Upendra Yadav. 

President Gaulee was invited to accompany the Nepali Health delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Conference Chair to the headquarters of CARE and the Center for Disease Control. These meetings opened up opportunities of collaboration for various projects impacting the lives of Nepali people in nutrition, maternal health, and disease control. 

President Gaulee also announced the winner of the Global Connections Award which is given annually to a person of impact. This year’s Global Connections Award went to the Conference Chair Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota recognizing his leadership in leveraging the power of connections to make a difference in the lives of Nepali people around the world. Dr. Tara Sigdel, a distinguished STAR Fellow, also joined Dr. Gaulee during the handover of the special plaque commemorating Dr. Sapkota’s contributions. Ms. Shriya Gajurel, Miss Nepal North America was the master of ceremony.

Dr. Gaulee’s book Global Adaptations of Community College Infrastructure was handed over to the Deputy Prime Minister Yadav as a gift on behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee.