WPA launches Volunteer Expert Program

80% of psychiatric expertise is currently concentrated in 30% of countries in the world. However, it is in the remaining 70% of countries without this expertise that 80% of mental health needs and burden are concentrated. The WPA Volunteer Program aims to redress this imbalance by drawing volunteers from high income countries to provide training and education where it is needed most.


Building on our role as a connector and collaborator, WPA is looking for volunteers who are willing and able to share their time and expertise to help build capabilities in low and middle income countries. Similarly, we invite those member societies with training support needs to apply to take part in the pilot program.

Enrolment forms for the program will soon be available on the WPA website. In the meantime, download the program guidelines from the Education section of the site.

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