Greetings from Singapore to our IACAPAP members, fellow colleagues and friends from across the world.
As you may already know, the original IACAPAP physical live congress has been postponed and converted to a virtual conference to take place from 2 – 4 December this year. As a continuing commitment of IACAPAP to engage the child and adolescent psychiatrists and allied professionals worldwide, even during these very challenging times, we had organized an introductory webinar to bring everyone together on 20 July which was the first day of the live congress if it had not been disrupted by COVID-19.
With the topic “COVID-19: Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare: Disruption or Evolution?” featuring three prominent speakers and three panelists during the discussions, the webinar attracted more than 900 participants from 103 countries!
On an international stage, we have seen countries responding to the pandemic early and effectively in order to bring the virus spread under control. However, we are not out of the woods yet as millions of people are still being impacted, many in a disproportionate way depending on their country of origin, socio-economic and physical health status.
Healthcare professionals like yourselves have stepped up during this local and global pandemic and many have been deployed to medical isolation facilities to support local and national efforts in fighting COVID-19. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your sacrifice and steadfastness. In the current situation where it is impossible for us to come together face-to-face, this virtual conference is therefore the most appropriate platform for us as healthcare professionals to continue sharing, discussing and learning from one another.
I am delighted that the Organizing and Scientific Committees have obtained tremendous support from our speakers, presenters and sponsors, thus enabling us to successfully convert the congress to a virtual one. With nearly 20 keynote, plenary and state-of-the-art speakers, and over 60 symposium sessions, I am sure this conference would be an exciting and illuminating one for all!
I welcome you to the 24th World Congress and our very first IACAPAP virtual conference in December 2020.
See you there and stay safe!
A/Prof Say How Ong Organising Chair 24th World Congress of IACAPAP