South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Psychiatric Federation
Addresses of the office bearers of SAARAC Psychiatric Federation
Prof. Abdul Malik Achakzai,
President, SAARC Psychiatric Federation,
President, Pakistan Psychiatric Society,
Principal, Bolan Medical College,
Head Department of Psychiatry,
Bolan Medical College.
Dr Ranadip Ranjan Ghosh Roy
Secretary SAARAC Psychiatric Federation & Indian Psychiatric Society
E-14/3 Karunamoyee Estate
Salt Lake, Kolkota 700091
First Conference of SAARC Psychiatric Federation, Agra: A Grand Success
We are very happy to report, the First Conference of SAARC Psychiatric Federation, Agra 2-4 Dec 2005 was a grand success. Number of attendees- 340. The countries represented include India, Pakistan (with 37 delegates), Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Greece and Canada. The CME Programme was inaugurated by Prof NN Wig on 2nd Dec. WPA President Prof Juan E Mezzich was the Chief Guest and he inaugurated the Conference at Hotel Mughal Sheraton on 3rd December, which was presided by Prof Abdul Malik, President SPF. S Nambi (President IPS) welcomed the gathering and Sec General, SPF read the report. Sri. Ramjilal Suman M.P.,George Christodoulou (Athens), WPA Representatives-JK Trivedi, Haroon Rashid Choudhry (Pakistan), Bruce Singh(Australia) and others spoke.
Symposia on Mental Health Legislation in South Asia, Disaster management, Dementia, Mental health mapping, Media and Mental Health, a Panel Discussion on Religion on Psychotherapy led by Prof RL Kapur, Special SAARC Session, Guest Lectures, Special Lectures, Free papers, poster sessions and cultural programmes, visit to Agra Mental Hospital and the famed Taj Mahal were some of the highlights. We place on record our deepest appreciation to UC Garg, Organising Secretary and his dedicated team who worked meticulously and tirelessly for the success of this International event.
Positive outcomes of the Scientific Meeting: This was the biggest gathering of psychiatrists from South Asian countries till today. 90% of the delegates were from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) countries- who share a common cultural, political and religious heritage. This meeting has strengthened this relationship and opened up further vistas. It is worthwhile to note, this conference was co-sponsored by WPA and 18 WPA CME Credits were awarded to the delegates. We are thankful to Prof Pedro Ruiz and Prof Allan Tasman for their help and support in this regard. And our heartfelt thanks to all the delegates who attended this conference to make it a remarkable success.