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Zone 4 Report

Zone 4: Northern South America

Portrait of Zone 4 RepresentativeProf. Dr. Belfort, Edgard
Professor. Postgraduate Psychiatric Training. Venezuelan Central University.
Head Department of Child Psychiatry, Caracas Psychiatric Hospital. Av. Libertador. Edif Majestic. Piso 14. No. 148. Caracas 1050 Venezuela.
Email:wpazone4@cantv.net / secretariaapal@cantv.net / belfort.ed@excite.com
Tel 58-212- 763.11.84. Fax 58-212- 232.11.04. Mobile 414-237.60.79
Member Societies Included (Directory)

President

Institution

Email

Everth MontaƱo

Bolivian Society of Psychiatry

montev7@hotmail.com

Hernan Santacruz

Colombian Association of Psychiatry

asocopsi@cable.net.co

Fabrizio Delgado

Ecuadorian Association of Psychiatry

fdelgado@jbgye.org.ec

Marta Rondon

Peruvian Psychiatric Association

app@apperu.org

Guillermo Ginnari

Venezuelan Society of Psychiatry

sovepsi2004@cantv.net

ZONE CHARACTERISTICS
WPA Northern South America Zone is a region of five countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela).

General Information
Bolivia is a country with an approximate area of 1099 thousand sq.km. Its population is 8.142 million. (WHO,2000).The country is a lower middle income group country (based on World Bank 2000 criteria). The proportion of health budget to GDP is 5.8% (WHO, 2000). The literacy rate is 91.3 % for males and 77.8 % for females. The life expectancy at birth is 60.7 years for males and 62.2 years for females.

Colombia is a country with an approximate area of 1139 thousand sq.km. Its population is 41.564 million. (WHO,2000).The country is a lower middle income group country (based on World Bank 2000 criteria). The proportion of health budget to GDP is 9.3% (WHO, 2000). The literacy rate is 91.3 % for males and 91 .2 % for females. The life expectancy at birth is 68.1 years for males and 74.1 years for females.

Ecuador is a country with an approximate area of 284 thousand sq.km. Its population is 12.411 million. (WHO,2000).The country is a lower middle income group country (based on World Bank 2000 criteria). The proportion of health budget to GDP is 4.6% (WHO, 2000). The literacy rate is 92.5 % for males and 88.7 % for females. The life expectancy at birth is 67.4 years for males and 70.3 years for females.

Peru is a country with an approximate area of 1285 thousand sq.km. Its population is 25.23 million. (WHO,2000).The country is a lower middle income group country (based on World Bank 2000 criteria). The proportion of health budget to GDP is 5.6%.The literacy rate is 94.2 % for males and 84.3 % for females. The life expectancy at birth is 65.6 years for males and 69.1 years for females.

Venezuela,Bolivarian Republic of, is a country with an approximate area of 912 thousand sq. km. Its population is 25.226 million (2004).The rate of annual growth of the population (%), 1992 to 2002 is 2.1. The proportion of health budget to GDP is 3.9% and the GDP per capita (Intl $, 2001): is the 6,402. The percentage of population over 60 years is 6.9, with a predominantly young population of 54, 4 % under 25 years. The life expectancy at birth is 71 years for male and 76.8 for females and the child mortality m/f (per 1000) is the 23/19.

Objectives:
  • Scientific advances to a better care of the mental patients in the zone.
  • Better link between Societies' members and the WPA.
  • Mental health' programs on partnership and the care of mental health patient.
Zone 4 Planes
  • To encourage WPA publication material (journals, news and bulletin), and provide the societies' member.
  • To promote the Latin America' Consensus jointly with The Americas Zone.
  • Major use of WPA educational programs, with the support from the EC, or the Secretary of Education.
  • To prepare a economical plan (support), for the activities of the zone.
  • More regular meetings of the Board in internationals and regional events.
  • To evaluate the Zone' interest about the scientific activities.
  • To evaluate the Zone' needs about assistance, education and research.
  • Joint the achievements of different activities among zones (grouped by area). For example, the Americas zone according with requirements and opportunities.
  • To evaluate in those different zones, programs of continuous medical education, to look for weaknesses and opportunities of improvement.
  • To promote some set in the WPA News, for zones' information.
  • Major zone promotion through electronic tools of the WPA Website.
  • To look for routes (alliances), with the zonal representatives and their governments. (EC).
  • To share out the new issue Spanish edition of World Psychiatry Association, to the Zone 4.
  • Look for social- demographic information of the infantile population in the WHO offices in order to plan activities on the childhood area.
  • To promote guidelines of approach and treatments of the mental disorder, adapted to the reality of the zone.
  • To prepare the Zonal Meeting, jointly with The Americas Zone. "Working together towards a Consensus on Mental Health", March. 2006, Caracas, Venezuela.

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