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.