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BSMMU VC: Saima Wazed a resilient candidate for SEARO regional director

  • Received special honorary doctorate degree from BSMMU
  • Dr Sharfuddin wishes Saima success in election
Update : 18 Oct 2023, 08:45 PM

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed congratulate Saima Wazed, chairperson of Shuchona Foundation and adviser to the director general of WHO on Mental Health and Autism, and a member of the WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health for her nomination by the government of Bangladesh for the post of regional director of World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia Region (SEARO). 

She received a special honorary doctorate degree for her contribution to autism from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) this year, reads a press release.

Saima Wazed has made Bangladesh well-known all over the world by working on Autism, Mental Health and Climate change issues. She has been working on Autism for a long period of time. For her extraordinary contribution, we recognize her with an honorary doctorate degree.

She was WHO’s goodwill ambassador for Autism in the South-East Asia Region prior to which she was WHO’s regional champion for autism in South Asia. WHO also awarded her the Excellence in Public Health Award, noting that she had put autism on WHO’s map.

She organized the first South Asian Conference on Autism in Dhaka in 2011. 

Last year BSMMU syndicate agreed to invite Saima to be an Honorary Teacher of the Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder and Autism (IPNA) at BSMMU. 

Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed wishes Saima Wazed grand success in her election.

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