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February 2013
WPA Zones 12, 15 and 16

The Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre (PPRC) and Fountain House, Lahore organised their 7th International Conference in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on 6-8 July 2012 (www.pprc2012.com).

This was a WPA co-sponsored meeting and was also held in collaboration with SAARC Psychiatric Federation (SPF), World Association for Social Psychiatry (WASP), World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and South Asian Forum UK, Pakistan and Bangladesh chapters.

The meeting was attended by Presidents of WPA national societies from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Australia and representatives of societies from Kuwait, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia and UK were there as well. More than 300 delegates who came from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, UAE, Gulf States, Qatar, Kuwait, Australia, US and UK participated in the scientific deliberations of the meeting. The scientific programme was very informative and covered many relevant topics related to the theme of the conference.

It may be mentioned that this was the first time that three WPA Zones (Zones 12, 15 and 16) collaborated jointly for such a meeting. Our thanks go to the WPA Zonal Zepresentatives Dr. Walid Sarhan (Zone 12), Prof. M. Thirunavukarasu (Zone 16), and Prof. Ahmad Jalili (Zone 15) for their hard work and leadership in making this meeting a real success.

Afzal Javed

WPA Secretary for Sections

Chairman, Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House, Lahore, Pakistan

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