Atlanta, 21 September 2019
STAR President Uttam Gaulee, who conceptualized and propounded the idea of brain gain for Nepal, 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. One fo the subtheme 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.
Many important topics such as quality control in the diagnostic laboratory for global Nepali health were discussed. Dr. Achyut Sharma argued that reliable and actionable test results are often a prerequisite to the delivery of high-quality patient care. Simultaneous improvements in the quality of laboratory testing are needed to ensure clinician and patient confidence in test results. Nepal has not yet developed sufficient national laboratory policies and strategic plans should do so to guide the process of strengthening laboratory systems and services as an integral part of health systems. In recent years, excellent progress has been made in various fields of medicine. These developments have revolutionized health laboratory services. The latest molecular tools have greatly enhanced the accuracy of various test procedures. “Most of the time we face different results from different laboratories. These problems arise when there is a lack of regulation for quality control and quality assurance by the national and international standard organizations. This can be controlled by the laws of accreditation,” said Sharma.
President Gaulee was invited to accompany the Nepali Health delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Conference Chair Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota to the headquarters of CARE and the Center for Disease Control. These meetings opened up collaboration opportunities 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.
The Global Connections Award celebrates the power of human connections. The award recognizes distinguished service to the global mission of the STAR Scholars Network. An individual with a deep impact on advancing global, social mobility is recognized every year. We live in a time when innovation and creativity in support of humanity are of great importance. The Star Scholars Network recognizes the commitment of concerned people able and willing to make a difference in the lives of others. Nominations for this award are solicited from around the world. The nominee can be from any field.
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. The book provides emerging research on various contextual adaptations of the idea of the American community college as a connective solution to engaging community and industry. This research will help any nation or state forge policies on adapting the concept toward the democratization of economic opportunities for all individuals as opposed to the current elitist system of higher education. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics such as diploma pathway programs and the development of educational institutions in various countries, this book is ideally designed for academicians, economic and educational policymakers, higher education professionals, and individuals engaged in expansion and democratization of post-secondary education worldwide.