March 2009

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Message from WPA President

Professor Mario Maj

"The WPA Action Plan is in progress" During the past few months, the WPA has started the implementation of all the items of its Action Plan 2008-2011. Let me list some of the activities which have been initiated:

"The WPA Action Plan 2008-2011"

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Iraq Mental Health Survey in World Psychiatry

The first survey on the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders in the Iraq population, carried out by the Iraq Ministries of Health and Planning in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has been accepted for publication in World Psychiatry, the WPA official journal.




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WHO-WPA Work Plan 2008-2011

A work plan has been established that includes:
  • Revision of the ICD-10 chapter on mental and behavioural disorders
  • Collaboration in the mhGAP
  • Partnership on mental health care in emergencies
  • Collaboration in the area of substance abuse
  • Partnership on involvement of users and carersread more

WPA-WHO Workshop
Call for Applications

WPA-WHO Workshop

WPA-WHO Workshop on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Areas Affected by Disasters and Conflicts. WHO Headquarters, Geneva, 27 - 31 July, more

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The WPA Train-the-Trainers Workshop: Ibadan

The 5-day WPA training workshop for the teachers of mental health in community health officers’ training institutions in the southwest of Nigeria took place at the University  of Ibadan Conference Centre, Ibadan from 26 to 30 January, 2009. read more


University of Pittsburgh

Call for Applications for a Research Fellowship
Research in the Field of Mood Disorders. As part of its fellowship programme for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, the WPA is funding a research fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry & Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC).read more


University of Maryland

Call for Applications for a Research Fellowship
Research on Psychosocial or Health Services Issues. As part of its fellowship programme for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, the WPA is funding a research fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, more




WPA International Congress

The WPA International Congress-Treatments in Psychiatry:
A New Update: 1-4 April 2009, Florence, Italy

Final programme available -

The WPA International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: A New Update” will take place in Florence, Italy, from 1 to 4 April, 2009. It will be the follow-up to the 2004 WPA International Congress “Treatments in Psychiatry: An Update”, which was the second most attended psychiatric congress worldwide in that year, with almost 7,000 participants. This time more than 8,000 delegates are more

Exemplary experiences in Mental Health and Psychiatry across the World

The Asia-Pacific Community Mental Health Development (APCMHD) project was established in 2005 to explore diverse leading models or approaches to community mental health service delivery in the Asia-Pacific region. The objective is to illustrate and promote best practice in mental health care in the community through use of information exchange, current evidence and practical experience in the region.

SCARF is the acronym for the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Chennai (formerly Madras) in South India. SCARF was established in 1984 by a group of philanthropists and mental health professionals led by Dr. M. Sarada Menon, an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In the twenty five years since, SCARF has reinforced itself as a center of repute in rehabilitation and research in disorders of the mind.
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A Psychiatrist Wanted for Great Cause
The Department of Psychiatry at Jimma University which is situated in Jimma, Ethiopia, is planning to launch a two year innovative graduate training program for mid-level health professionals. They are searching for a psychiatrist to help start a new program to train mental health professionals with master's degree. read more

News from the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria
Dr. Oyewusi Gureje, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine and who is also the President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria was conferred with the award of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) by the President of Nigeria. read more

News from the Norwegian Psychiatric Association
The Norwegian Psychiatric Association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. One of the most successful initiatives the association undertook during the celebration was to make a ten point manifesto on health policy. read more

The 4th SAARC Psychiatric Federation meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh
SAARC Psychiatric Federation organised its 4th regional meeting in Dhaka from 1-3 November more

News from the South African Society of Psychiatrists
The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) has, at its last annual general meeting at Fancourt, George converted from an Associated to a Not – for – Profit Company. read more

News from the Russian Society of Psychiatrists
The Annual Conference of Russian Society of Psychiatrists was held on 28-30 October 2008 in Moscow. The title was: Realization of subprogramme “Mental disorders” of Federal dedicated programme “Prevention and control of socially significant diseases”. read more

Latest news from the Kyrgyz Psychiatric Association
The esteemed Professor V. V. Solojenkin was the founder and leader of Kyrgyz Psychiatric Association (KPA) until 2007. After the elections that had taken place in 2007 a new Executive Committee was formed. read more

WAM Earthquake Quetta Pakistan
A team comprising of President Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) and Immediate Past President Prof. Riaz Bhatti with other eminent psychiatrists visited the earthquake area. read more

Psychiatry Board Certification
Psychiatry board certification examinations were initiated in Turkey in 2006. The aim was to motivate psychiatrists who had already been qualified in psychiatry to be up to date in recent developments in the field, thus improving good clinical practice and quality of psychiatric services in the country. read more

News from Group of Latino American for Study of Transcultural Psychiatry (GLADET)
GLADET, has recently published a book that is the product of the First International Congress that has been organized by GLADET, which was successfully held on April 17-20, 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico. read more

The International Consensus Statement on Women’s Mental Health and the WPA Consensus Statement on Interpersonal Violence against Women
In 1999, women’s mental health leaders from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia began a fact finding process to determine the psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors which were most salient to women’s mental health and mental illness. At the 2001 First World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Berlin, they rank ordered these factors.

The WPA Section on Public Policy and Psychiatry has recently updated their Web pages to include their field of interest and activities. read more

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The World Psychiatric Association

The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 134, spanning 112 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.

The WPA organizes the World Congress of Psychiatry every three years. It also organizes international and regional congresses and meetings, and thematic conferences. It has 65 scientific sections, aimed to disseminate information and promote collaborative work in specific domains of psychiatry. It has produced several educational programmes and series of books. It has developed ethical guidelines for psychiatric practice, including the Madrid Declaration (1996).

What are its Aims?

  • The core missions of WPA include the following:
  • To encourage the highest possible standards of clinical practice
  • To increase knowledge and skills about mental disorders and how they can be prevented and treated
  • To promote mental health
  • To promote the highest possible ethical standards in psychiatric work
  • To disseminate knowledge about evidence-based therapy and values based practice
  • To be a voice for the dignity and human rights of the patients and their families, and to uphold the rights of psychiatrists
  • To facilitate communication and assistance especially to societies who are isolated or whose members work in impoverished circumstances




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