International Affairs

 
"Whether it is recognized or not, all psychiatrists are internationalists, and the field of psychiatry is international."                                                                                                             - Melvin Sabshin, M.D., APA Medical Director, 1974-1997

The APA has a long tradition of collaborating with international psychiatrists both in the United States and abroad. Relationships are maintained and fostered with organizations focused on the needs of patients and psychiatrists through research and education.  The APA works closely with the World Psychiatric Association and its Member Societies and Affiliated Associations on global mental health issues throughout the world. 

 
 


Spotlight: Monitoring International Crises
The APA continuously monitors ongoing and evolving crises and corresponding relief efforts around the world through government agencies, humanitarian organizations, and media sources. Information for each area and opportunities for member involvement are provided below. Members with additional resources or developments to share with colleagues are encouraged to forward them to internationaloffice@psych.org

Physicians seeking opportunities to volunteer abroad may consider Doctors Without Borders or International Medical Corps and should take into consideration travel warnings issued by the US Department of State. Resources regarding refugee mental health are available from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

African Region:

- Central African Republic (CAR) (factmap), South Sudan (factmap), West Africa: Ebola (fact1, fact2, map)

- The 2014 response plan for the Central African Republic (CAR), developed by the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is being implemented in coordination with governments and various organizations. In August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a “roadmap for a scaled-up response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Information on Ebola is also available through the Center for Disease Control and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.

- Opportunities to assist with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are available through AmeriCares, the Ebola Response Coalition, and USAID. Other opportunities in West Africa are available through the Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Program.

- Donation opportunities are available for CAR, South Sudan and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (Partners in Health, Last Mile Health, Wellbody Alliance).

- More information on relief efforts in CAR, South Sudan can be found through OCHA, International Relief and Development and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (CARSouth Sudan, West Africa). 

 

Eastern Mediterranean Region:

- Syria (factmap)

- The 2014 response plan for Syria, developed by the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), is being implemented in coordination with governments, UN agencies, and international organizations.

- Volunteer opportunities are available through the Salaam Cultural Museum.

- Donations opportunities are available for Syria through the UN as well as the Syrian American Medical Society.

- More information on relief efforts in Syria can be found through OCHA, International Relief and Development and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Syria).

  

Western Pacific Region:

- Philippines (factmap)

- Donation opportunities for the Philippines are available.

- More information on relief efforts is available through OCHA (Philippines) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Philippines). 


 
         
 

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