Year 2014 was another successful year for WAIMH. We had a fruitful and vibrant World Congress in Edinburgh, where delegates from 60 countries met and formed networks with each other for strengthening infant mental health activities. The world of WAIMH is now wider than ever. Currently our members include 985 Infant Mental Health specialists from 45 countries (see Figure below).
Most of our members originate from the United States (356). Australia has 125 and Canada 77 members. Japan has one of the newest WAIMH Affiliates and altogether 52 persons were members of WAIMH in 2015. In Europe we have members in United Kingdom (60), Norway (32), Finland (28), Germany (23), France (20), Netherlands (19), Switzerland, Italy (18), Sweden (17), Ireland (14) and Denmark (13). We also have members in New Zealand (17), Israel (10) and South Africa (10). All the other 27 countries had less than 10 WAIMH members in 2014.
15th World Congress in Prague
The 15th World Congress of WAIMH will be held in beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic on May 29 –June 2, 2016. The Local Organising Committee, WAIMH Central Office and Programme Committee have started their work in order to produce a memorable and scientifically high quality congress. The theme of the World Congress is Infant Mental Health in a rapidly changing world: Conflict, adversity and resilience.
The Call for Papers will be soon sent to you and the Congress website opened. Those of you planning to submit a presentation will be happy to know that the online submission of abstracts will start April 1st 2015 and the deadline for Abstract Submissions will be September 15th 2015.
We here at the WAIMH Central Office wish you all a Happy and Successful year 2015, and hope to see as many of you as possible in the Prague Congress!
Associate Executive Director,