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Saima Wazed among Innovative Women Leaders in Global Mental Health

  • Published at 06:04 am October 3rd, 2019
Saima Wazed
File photo of Saima Wazed Hossain Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

She ranked 40 out of the 100 women leaders listed in a blog

Saima Wazed Hossain has been listed as one of the "Innovative Women Leaders in Global Mental Health" by Columbia University's Global Mental Health Program’s publication blog “Five on Friday.”

She ranked 40 out of the 100 women leaders listed in the blog, who are individually and collectively improving the understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illness.

Global Mental Health Program published the list on their website on September 20. 

Saima is currently the chairperson of the Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders as well as a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. 

Recently, she was chosen as WHO’s goodwill ambassador for Autism in the South East Asia Region for her innovative work as a spokesperson for individuals with autism in Bangladesh, mentioned the Global Mental Health Program’s website. 

Saima Wazed, also the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is also the chairperson of the Shuchona Foundation, a not-for-profit advocacy, research and capacity-building organization based in Dhaka. 

She is also one of the trustees of Centre for Research and Information (CRI).

In a post on Facebook, CRI said Saima is a specialist in School Psychology, and is nationally certified in the United States. 

She is a graduate from Barry University in Florida, an expert on neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health and an accomplished speaker. Her efforts have led to international awareness, policy and program changes, and the adoption of three international resolutions at the UN and WHO.

She is credited with bringing mental health issues to the mainstream and breaking social barriers to acceptance of persons with disabilities.

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