March 2012
Section on Transcultural Psychiatry

Since the changes brought about after the elections in Buenos Aires, I am pleased to present the new officers of the WPA Section on Transcultural Psychiatry: 

Chair:              Rachid Bennegadi (

Co-Chair:        Marianne Kastrup (

Secretary:        Hans Rohlof (

Globalization forces us to consider the aspects of mental health as well as transcultural psychiatry. Therefore, I have devoted the past few months to developing an action plan, together with the Section Officers, that identifies two objectives:

  • Ensuring a continuity with actions put into place by the former Chair and Executive Committee.
  • New proposals adapted to the challenges of mental health and globalisation.

Fulfilling the action plan requires several steps:

  • Collecting information on clinical aspects, training and research in transcultural psychiatry, which will be made available in a databank accessible via the website. A page will also be dedicated to International Comparative Practices and Training, whereby healthcare institutions, research projects and training organizations worldwide can be identified.
  • This will therefore require a complete redesign of the website, in form and content, which will be undertaken free of charge at the Françoise Minkowska Centre, by the Chair and his assistant.
  • The Newsletter remains an important information tool with the aim of presenting it in other languages too.

Rachid Bennegadi

Chair, WPA Section on Transcultural Psychiatry




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