ASIAN FEDERATION OF PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATIONS INITIATES TRAINING OF TRAINERS IN PHC PSYCHIATRY IN P. R. CHINA
The Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA) founded in 2005 and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), with the assistance of Provincial Authorities in Guangdong, Inner Mongolia and Hunan in P R China and other organizations has carried out Training of Trainers courses for over 100 psychiatrists and nurses in PHC Psychiatry between June and September 2010. P R China though having about 20,000 psychiatrists for its 1.3 billion people has few community-based primary care providers trained in basic detection and management skills in psychiatry. The first effort in this direction to train trainers was made in 1999 through a WHO grant and a review of the same carried out in 2002 in Changsha. AFPA has carried out numerous similar training in over a dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific. The Courses conducted attracted active participation and numerous questions from the audience in Guangzhou, Chifeng and Changsha. The Course consisted of 12 modules and a copy of the power points used translated into Mandarin texts with an English version of a 90-page book on Clinical Methods in Psychiatry was made available to all participants.
Requests have been received for more such training courses in other parts of the western provinces and more training in diagnostic skills, treatment methods and medication issues. These are being addressed through a network of volunteers being sourced through the AFPA.
M. Parameshvara Deva
Chair, WPA Section on Psychiatry in Developing Countries