I am writing to report on the main WPA activities entertained during the last semester; that is, from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. During this period we effectively continue to implement our 2011-2014 WPA Action Plan. This plan as you all know about, primarily focuses on “education”.
In this context, the WPA Executive Committee attended the WPA Thematic Conference held in Granada, Spain, on February 8-11, 2012. In this scientific event, we closely collaborated with WONCA in planning activities of common interest and presenting an excellent symposium focusing on “stigma”; this educational activity was very well attended and received.
In March 29-31, 2012, the WPA Executive Committee attended and actively participated in the WPA Thematic Conference organized jointly with the Spanish Society of Drug-Alcohol. In this outstanding Conference, we participated in several educational activities focusing on how to prevent becoming an addict and an alcoholic. Our WPA educational presentations and discussion groups were all well attended and utilized for educational purposes.
Later in the Spring, in May 17-18, 2012, we conducted an “Educational Program” entitled “WPA Educational Journey for Latin America” in Lima, Peru. On this occasion, we presented 8 exemplary lectures focusing on different aspects of Bipolar Disorders; among them we addressed: epidemiological considerations, comorbidity factors, psychotherapeutic interventions, treatment possibilities, clinical manifestations, diagnostic issues, maintenance treatments, management of acute mania, bipolar disorder among children and adolescents. Nearly 70 psychiatrists attended this event from all over Latinoamerica at no cost to themselves, and financially supported by an educational grant managed by the WPA.
Finally, on May 30-June 1, 2012, another WPA Educational Program was conducted in Cancun, Mexico, in collaboration with the Latin American Psychiatric Association (APAL) on the topic of “Controversies in Psychiatry”. On this occasion, 302 psychiatrists from 18 countries attended this excellent educational program.
We look forward to continue these educational activities in all regions of the world. It is our conviction to provide all regions of the world, especially the most needed ones with the appropriate educational tools to improve the mental health care delivery systems of these regions.
Pedro Ruiz, M.D.
WPA President (2011-2014)