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World Maternal Mental Health Day Conference

Theme: 'Stronger Together'; Supporting Women Worldwide on our Journey through Maternal Mental Health Care

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 9.00 to 14.00 Doha (7.00 - 12.00 BST)

Sidra Medicine Auditorium, Qatar / MS Teams (Hybrid Event)


7.00-7.15 (BST)
(15 mins)

Arrival of Delegates & Registration

7.15-7.20 (BST)
(5 mins)

Background and Introductions
Dr. Zainab Imam
, Acting Division Chief, Women’s Mental Health (WMH) Division, Sidra Medicine and Lead, International Workroom, Perinatal Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists

7.20-7.30 (BST)
(10 mins)

Welcome Address 
Prof. Muhammad Waqar Azeem
, Chair, Psychiatry Department, Sidra Medicine
Dr. Majid Y. A. Al-Abdulla, Chairman of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mental Health Services, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC

7.30-7.40 (BST)
(10 mins)

Welcome from RCPsych Registrar and Middle Eastern Chair
Dr. Trudi Seneviratne
, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and RCPsych Registrar (VIRTUAL)
Dr. Ovais Wadoo, RCPsych Middle Eastern Chair, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at HM

7.40-7.55 (BST)
(15 mins)

Perinatal Mental Health Service Provision at Sidra Medicine
Dr. Zainab Imam
, Acting Division Chief, WMH, Sidra Medicine

7.55-8.10 (BST)
(15 mins)

Women’s Mental Health Service Provision at HMC
Dr. Sazgar Hamad,
HMC Clinical Lead for Women’s Mental Health (WMH) Services

8.10- 8.25 (BST)
(15 mins)

Ministry of Public Health (MOPH): Women’s Mental Health Success Stories
Mr. Iain Tulley,
Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Service at HMC and National Lead for Mental Health in Qatar, MOPH

8.25 -8.40 (BST)
(15 minutes)

World Maternal Mental Health Day (WMMHD), History and Impact
Dr. Wendy Davis
, Co-Founder, World Maternal Mental Health Day (WMMHD), host of the WMMHD International Taskforce and Executive Director of Postpartum Support International (VIRTUAL

8.40 -9.00 (BST)
(20 mins)

Coffee Break

9.00-9.15 (BST)
(15 mins)

Experience and Needs of Women’s Mental Health Patients in Qatar
Ms. Najla Alkuwari
, Breastfeeding Counselor and Educator, Young Mothers Qatar

9.15-9.30 (BST)
(15 mins)

Perinatal Services in the UK and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Mandate
Dr. Jo Black,
Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, Devon Partnership Trust, and Chair, Perinatal Faculty, RCPsych (VIRTUAL)

9.30- 9.45 (BST)
(15 Mins)

RCPsych Support and Service Development in Iraq –A Great Collaboration
Prof Mohammed Al-Uzri
–RCPsych Presidential Lead for International Affairs (VIRTUAL)

(15 mins)

WHO and Women’s Mental Health
Dr. Khalid Saeed
, Middle East Regional Advisor, Mental Health and Substance Abuse programme, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
World Health Organization

(45 mins)

Lunch Break

(60 mins) 

Panel Discussion: Maternal Mental Health in the Region – Moving Forward.

Panel Moderator: Ms. Katja Warwick Smith, Assistant Executive Director Clinical Service Development, Mental Health Services, HMC.


  1. Dr. Joseph Olakanmi - Obstetrician, Sidra Medicine
  2. Dr. Syeda Monazza Ali - Perinatal Psychiatrist, Sidra Medicine
  3. Ms. Danah Ghadban - Psychologist, Sidra Medicine
  4. Dr. Maha AlSubaiey - HMC Fellow, Women’s Mental Health
  5. Ms. Safia Ahmed - Clinical Nurse Leader, WMH, Sidra Medicine
  6. Dr. Hajar Maher Dauleh - Paediatrics Fellow, HMC and Sidra Medicine
  7. Dr. Aman Durrani - Consultant Psychiatrist and Representative, RCPsych Scottish Perinatal Faculty (VIRTUAL)
  8. Dr. Fathima Shezoon Mohideen - Consultant in Family Medicine, Al Wakra HC, Primary Health Care Corporation

 (10 mins)

Closing Keynote: People and Organisations Working Together for Better Maternal Mental Health.
Dr. Alain Gregoire, Chair, Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health (VIRTUAL)

 (5 mins)

Closing Remarks
Sara Al Mannai, Manager - Operations, Psychiatry, Sidra Medicine
& Agnes Raboczki, International Liaison Manager, RCPsych.

MC: Dr Sawssan Ahmed (PhD), Clinical Psychologist, Women’s Mental Health (WMH), Sidra Medicine