Saima Wazed


Saima Wazed Hossain (born 9 December 1972[1]) is a Bangladesh Autism activist. She is the daughter of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She is a member of World Health Organization’s 25-member Expert Advisory Panel on mental health.[2] To her family, she is known simply as “Putul”.

She was born to Sheikh Hasina, the present Prime Minister of Bangladesh and M. A. Wazed Miah, a nuclear scientist.[3] Her brother is Sajeeb Wazed Joy.[4][5] She graduated from Barry University.[6] She is a licensed school psychologist.

She organized the first South Asian conference on Autism in 2011 in Dhaka,Bangladesh.[8] She is the chairperson of National Advisory Committee on Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders.[9] She campaigned for “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” resolution at the World Health Assembly which adopted the resolution, Autism Speaks praised her for spearheading “a truly global push for support for this resolution”.[10] She is a member of World Health Organization’s 25-member Expert Advisory Panel on mental health.[11]

In November, 2016, Wazed had been elected as chairperson of International Jury Board meeting of UNESCO for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.[12]

In April 2017, Wazed has been designated as WHO Champion for Autism” in South-East Asia.[13] In July, 2017 she became the Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for autism in South-East Asia Region.

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