The zone is in turmoil. Syrian, Yemeni and Palestinian psychiatric societies have requested help in facing the demands on mental health. I am trying to organize some educational activities in the zone in the coming year with focus on refugees, displaced persons and trauma. There is understanding of the situation in the Middle East and full support for the initiative to help member societies in the zone to ameliorate the tremendous demands on the psychiatric services.
The situation in Gaza strip – Palestine is very difficult with one qualified psychiatrist for two million population with urgent needs. The newly elected President and executive committee of the Syrian psychiatric society are very active.