SAARC Psychiatric Federation (SPF) organized its 5th Conference at Lahore from 25‐27 March 2011 & was attended by more than 250 delegates from all over the country along with representatives from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran, UK and Australia.
5th SPF was organized In collaboration with WPA Zones 15 & 16, WPA Section on Psychiatry in Developing Countries , World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA), South Asian Forum on Mental Health International (SAF-I), Indo Pak Punjab Psychiatric Society and British Pakistani Psychiatrists Association (BPPA).The meeting also enjoyed full support from national associations from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan& Iran and was represented by their office bearers and delegates.
The theme of the meeting was "Building Bridges to provide Mental Health Care in the SAARC Region” and the conference was dedicated to the memory of late Prof Haroon Rashid Chaudhry who was serving as Secretary General of SPF and President of Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) at the time of his untimely death in Oct 2010.
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Dr. Afzal Javed