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November 2011
Greetings from the new WPA Secretary for Sections

Afzal JavedIt is a matter of great privilege for getting elected to the post of Secretary for Sections in the recent WPA elections. I am grateful to all Member Societies for having confidence in me and giving me a chance to work for the WPA.

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. The WPA Sections are the scientific backbone of the WPA and they cover practically every aspect of psychiatry and enjoy a great degree of independence within the framework of the WPA Statutes and By-Laws.  The broader purposes of the clusters of Sections are to promote and share scientific knowledge among the membership of WPA and I am pleased that over the years they have proved valuable additions to the scientific knowledge in psychiatry and allied fields. I do hope that during the current triennium, all Sections will continue with their excellent work and exceptional contributions in different areas of mental health. I can assure that WPA leadership will provide all possible assistance and support to such activities.

I would also be very pleased to receive an update of Section activities and suggestions from all Section chairs, office bearers and members and look forward to working with all of them in our efforts to keep WPA vibrant, active and more importantly a true representative body of psychiatrists.

Afzal Javed

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