Message By President WPA
It is a matter of great honor for me to send my greetings to the WPA thematic Congress being held from 11 -13 March 2022 at Lahore, Pakistan.
The organizing group “WPA’s Action Plan working group on Public Mental Health” is an important WPA component and is actively involved in the promotion of this concept in an international perspective.
The theme of the conference – “Public Mental Health and Associated Opportunities”, is equally very significant and relevant to current practice of psychiatry especially from the perspectives of developing countries. It is also promoted and supported by WPA and all its components. I am pleased that the meeting also plans to cover other important topics of interest covering entire field of mental health with a strong focus on the issues of practice of psychiatry in low-income countries.
Similarly, the conference will bring together many national and international speakers, who will highlight various emerging topics in psychiatry and mental health. Furthermore, support from WPA’s member societies in the region and affiliated societies (SAARC Psychiatric Federation & Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations – AFPA) emphasizes the importance of this congress and will help in establishing contacts with neighboring countries by promoting exchange of professional expertise in this region.
The presence of several eminent speakers from all over the country along with several academic and clinical psychiatrists from other countries highlights the importance of this academic activity. I am glad that this congress is also looking at strengthening collaborations among different mental health professionals. This will indeed prove beneficial in improving our links with these groups.
I wish the organisers and the participants of this conference a big success and happy stay in beautiful city of Lahore, Pakistan.
Dr. Afzal Javed
President World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
& President WPA’s Thematic Congress, Lahore-Pakistan
11 – 13 March, 2022