Pakistani Psychiatrist takes over as President of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation

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Pakistani Psychiatrist takes over as
President of World Association for
Psychosocial Rehabilitation

MILAN: Dr. Afzal Javed from Pakistan was installed as the new President of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) in its world congress held in Milan in November 2012. This is the first time that a Pakistani mental health professional will be leading this organisation that was established in 1986, Being an important international organisation in rehabilitation Psychiatry and having branches in more than 60 countries.

Dr. Afzal Javed

WAPR membership includes mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social Workers), researchers of various disciplines, administrators, policy makers, patients, consumers and their relatives, and advocacy associations. The primary aim of the WAPR is to provide to all stakeholders a forum for the ongoing discussion of the relevant issues concerning the long-term care of people with mental disorders. WAPR is recognised as a non-governmental organisation with consultative status with the WHO, the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council, and the International Labour Office. Moreover, it also maintains relations with the European Commission and the African Rehabilitation Institute. 

The mission of the WAPR is the dissemination of principles and practices of psychosocial rehabilitation. Within this broad frame of reference, the WAPR’s activities cover a number of areas:

• Promotion of national and international legislation, policies and programmes to meet the basic and special needs of people with a mental illness
• International exchange of experiences and best practices in the field of rehabilitation of mental disorders
• Organisation of training opportunities for health professionals, to introduce strategies for psychosocial rehabilitation in specialist and primary health care services
• Consultation to local, national and international agencies to promote improved care, rehabilitation and services for people with a mental illness
• Educational programmes to ensure maximum public, professional and government understanding of the needs and rights of people with disabling mental illnesses
• Enhancement of the development and organisation of consumers’ and families’ associations, and mutual and self-help groups of individuals and carers affected by disabling mental illnesses
• Promotion of open dialogue among consumers, policy makers and professionals
• Collaboration with the UN, the WHO and the International Labour Office, by supporting the strategies for the treatment and rehabilitation of people with a mental disability within a community-based care approach
• Technical assistance to developing countries with regard to the funding and development of community based rehabilitation programmes
• Research on innovative approaches to the integrated care of people with mental disorders
• Definition of standards, benchmarks and quality improvement tools in relation to community care.

Details about WAPR and its activities can be found at this website. www.wapr.info

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