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December 2011
The first Meeting of the Presidents of the WPA Zone 10 Psychiatric Societies

(from L to R): Z. Kekelidze (RSP, Russia), S. Altynbekov (Kazakhstan), Yu. Savenko (IPA, Russia), U. Alimov (Uzbekistan), S. Igumnov (Belarus), N. Izmailov (Azerbaidjan), A. Sogoyan (Armenia), P. Morozov (WPA), V. Oprya (Moldova, vice-president), D. Smirnova (AFECP, observer). N. Neznanov (RSP president) left meeting earlier.

The first Meeting of the Presidents of the WPA Zone 10 Psychiatric Societies took place in Moscow, on December 14, 2011. The Meeting was attended by the Presidents of most Psychiatric Societies of the East European WPA Region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Russia (RSP and IPA). The Representatives of Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia had been invited but were unable to attend the Meeting.

After welcoming and introducing the participants, the WPA Regional Representative Prof. Petr Morozov   acquainted the Presidents with the WPA 2011-2014 Action Plan and proposed the WPA Zone 10 three-year detailed Action Plan. After an animated discussion, the zonal Plan was approved which was fixed in the Resolution of the Meeting. It was also determined to consider as a basis the following areas of cooperation within the WPA for the triennium: education of young specialists; exchange of scientific information; organizing of scientific symposia and conferences on issues of mutual interest; seeking opportunities for scientific collaboration within the WPA in the field of transcultural researches.

It was suggested to review and to assess the WHO European Mental Health Strategy Plan (by request of the WHO Regional Adviser).

The participants found it reasonable to hold regular annual meetings in order to discuss common and most important issues and to deepen the collaboration. The next Meeting of the Presidents of the WPA Zone 10 Psychiatric Societies will take place on May 25, 2012 in Almaty (Kazakhstan), and further, as previously agreed, on October 4, 2012 in Kharkov (Ukraine).

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