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Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great pleasure that WPA invites you to its Regional Congress with the theme “BUILDING AWARENESS, BRIDGING TREATMENT GAPS” which will take place on April 14th - 16th, 2023 in the city Kolkata-The City of Joy, India.

We are pleased that SAARC Psychiatric federation is our local host for this important WPA’s Regional Congress of the 2020-23 triennium. It will highlight the importance of bringing together the psychiatrists & other mental health professionals on board for discussing topics of mutual interest. This will also provide a forum where the voices of patients, or highly traumatized fellow human beings and their families, will be heard.

With the Theme “BUILDING AWARENESS, BRIDGING TREATMENT GAPS” this congress will build the experiences of WPA’s 2020-2023 Action Plan and will include recent updates in different disciplines related to mental health.

Your active participation will undoubtedly contribute to a successful and productive WPA congress. Looking forward to welcoming you to Kolkata!

With warm regards,

Dr. Afzal Javed

President World Psychiatric Association

Dr. Gautam Saha

Chair Organizing Committee President SAARC Psychiatric federation

Dr. Edmond Pi

Chair Organising Committee

Dr. G. Prasad Rao

Chairperson Scientific Committee

Dr. Pichet Udomratn

Chairperson Scientific Committee


World Psychiatric Association

The WPA is psychiatry's global association representing 145 psychiatric societies in 122 countries and supporting more than 250,000 psychiatrists. With its 70 Scientific Sections, it promotes collaborative work in specialist areas of psychiatry. It has developed ethical guidelines for psychiatric practice, including the Madrid Declaration, and position statements on topics relevant to psychiatric practice and the role of psychiatrists.

The WPA partners with its members to host the annual WPA World Congress of Psychiatry as well as regional and thematic congresses, attracting global leaders in mental health and providing forums for shared learning and collaboration. This focus on education and learning has also seen the WPA develop various educational programs-such as its long-distance e-Learning program - together with a series of books and a regular member newsletter, WPA News.

The WPA's official journal, World Psychiatry, was recently named the Number 1 ranked journal in Psychiatry and Number 1 ranked journal in the Social Science Citation Index.

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