The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SAACAPAP) is proud to host the first IACAPAP World Congress to be held on the African continent, and doubly proud to be doing so during the term of office of the first African President of IACAPAP, Olayinka Omigbodun, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The SAACAPAP was founded in 1978 and published the first issue of its Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 1989. The SAACAPAP holds biennial congresses, organised by Eastern Sun Events, so we are well positioned to host the 2014 IACAPAP congress in Durban. There is a wealth of scientific research being conducted in South Africa in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, much of which I hope will be showcased at the congress, in addition to the work presented by the international delegates. A highlight of the congress will be the 6 Plenary Lectures by an outstanding group of speakers, and the 18 concurrent "state of the art" lectures by experts in their field.
The International Convention Centre in Durban is one of the most advanced conference facilities in the world. Durban, capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal, is South Africa's premier holiday destination. The subtropical climate and warm Indian Ocean mean all-year-round swimming and outdoor activities. Several game parks are only a few hours' drive to the north, and the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, with its holiday hotels and scenic hikes, is only a few hours' drive to the west.
On behalf of the SAACAPAP, I welcome you to South Africa and to the 21st World Congress of IACAPAP. We promise you an unforgettable African experience in our country, the cradle of civilisation and the home of Nelson Mandela.