Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Hearty greetings to you! We do hope, you have found the ‘WPA News’ June 2015 useful and informative. Since its publication, we had the highly successful WPA International Congress at Bucharest on June 24-27, 2015 with the theme, “Primary care mental health: Innovations and transdisciplinarity”. The WPA EC and the Council also met during the congress. Another highlight was the ‘WPA Bucharest statement for Collaborative and Integrated Care’. Hearty Congratulations to Eliot Sorel and his dedicated team.
Under the guidance of our dynamic President Prof Dinesh Bhugra WPA is engaged in the implementation of the new action plan for 2014-17 and we request your whole hearted co-operation and involvement. My fourth official visit to the WPA Secretariat at Geneva was from June 28 to July 1, 2015. Functioning of the Secretariat and administrative tasks were reviewed. On July 1st, I had a very fruitful meeting with Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director, Mental Health Division, WHO at his office in Geneva. He has sought the support of WPA for the successful implementation of the WPA Action Plan (2013-20).
We have also received a delegation from APA with Saul Levin (CEO) and Jon Fanning and Vanessa Cameron, CE of RC Psych (UK) at WPA Secretariat, August 9-12. They have visited us on our invitation, to help us plan ahead. We are looking forward to WPA Congresses at Kochi (September) and Taipei (November) this year. Kindly do attend. And do visit our website www.wpanet.org
Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Secretary General, World Psychiatric Association