African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professions meets in Lagos, Nigeria
The annual conference of the African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professions (AAPAP) will hold in Lagos, Nigeria on November 22 – 24, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference, Mental Health Challenges for Africa in the 21st Century, captures the current efforts of various stakeholders on the continent to get governments to attend to the large unmet need for mental health service that exists across the region. As part of these efforts, the WPA, in partnership with the WHO, co-sponsored a ministerial roundtable in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2009, at which participants focused on the development of country-specific roadmaps for scaling up mental health service using the template of the WHO mhGAP. The Lagos meeting, to be held jointly with the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria, will provide an opportunity to review some of the activities that have been taking place on the continent since that landmark event, especially in the areas of mental health service reform, policy development, and research. The conference will feature a diverse scientific programme consisting of keynote lectures, plenary sessions and symposia.
Lagos is a boisterous megacity. It offers a rich cultural and social spectacle to the visitor. Nightlife is typically an unforgettable experience, with opportunities to watch live performances by world renowned musicians. The traditional African open markets can be explored either for shopping or just to savour the array of colourful wares on display.