I would like to thank all members who were able to attend BAPA meeting yesterday. It was a pleasure seeing you and catching up with you all.
We tried to cover the subject of trauma psychological presentations and possible ways of managing the effects of this on individuals and society in the short and long term. Real life examples from colleagues recent visits to refuge camps in Jordan and Turkey were presented. This highlighted the difficulties and challenges that one can face in the situations. Practical advice from the experiences and work done by our Iraqi colleagues that have been overtaken over the past several years were well received and certainly to be benefited from.
After the academic presentations we proceeded to the business of the AGM. I provided the meeting with a summary about the last year outcome of BAPA work. We discussed proposals for organising efforts in providing psychological support to refugees in different parts of the Arab world. Cooperating with NGOs to provide help and assistance were also discussed.
We explored some of the barriers and difficulties of communicating with BAPA members and possible reasons for the decreased enthusiasm over time and ways to improve on this. We also discussed ideas and methods of advertising BAPA so more Arab psychiatrists are aware of it. We agreed that it is every member’s responsibility to promote it, spread the word and encourage others to join us.
We agreed that Arab psychiatrists can play an important role among many things in:
Advising and developing services,
Raising awareness of the psychological effects of trauma on people,
Visiting affected areas and seeing patients
Participating in translating and validating screening and diagnostic scales
Gathering research materials
We highlighted the importance in remaining positive and taking positive steps however small they are as collectively it will add up and make a difference. These efforts should be viewed with optimism and that we continue to provide support for each other.
At the end of the meeting a new executive team was elected as follow:
Dr Nadim Almoshmosh – President
Dr Mahmoud Said Ahmed – Vice President
Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar – Secretary
Dr Khaled Sultan – Executive Officer
Dr Mustafa Alachkar- Executive Officer
Dr Mohamed Khalil – Executive Officer
Finally I would like to thank the outgoing members of the executive team for all their efforts in the past 2 years. Thanks also to Hesham for taking the minutes.
I will upload the slides of all presentations on BAPA website.
Joint BAPA-BPPA Nov 2011
Time is passing quickly and we need to arrange for our AGM as this involves commitment and efforts.
Some discussion has taken place about holding this meeting jointly with our colleagues in the British Pakistani Association. This means that we have the academic meeting together and then we separate for the business of each association AGM. It will also save us some money as we will share the cost. They have already agreed on the date of 19-20 Nov 2011in Birmingham.
We have not committed ourselves to this option yet but we need to let them know by end of next week if we are going ahead with this.
On the other hand,we can still arrange our AGM in a different date and venue if you so wish and forget about the above. If you prefer this option, I need to know a rough number of committed members who will be attending ,so we can start the booking process with a hotel of your choice and hope for some pharmaceutical sponsorship though this has become quite strict as you know.
This is your association and it can only survive and succeed with your participation.
Please let me know what you think as soon as possible.
Dr Nadim Almoshmosh