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Address mental health issues during emergencies: Saima Wazed

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Health Desk--30 Aug’18: Mental health expert Saima Wazed Hossain has stressed the need for addressing mental health issues during emergencies at a regional workshop of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Nepal.

Chairing a session at the two-day workshop ended on Wednesday, she explained why it is important to address mental health issues in a disaster or emergency situation, and gave insight into initiatives taken in Bangladesh.

She also suggested how to develop a national strategy to provide such support.

Saima is a member of WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. She is the chairman of the Bangladesh’s National Advisory Committee for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, she spearheads the mental health campaign in Bangladesh and advocates for people-centric approach.