Just in two days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received a special memento titled "Tree of Peace" from UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of girls' and women's education, her daughter Saima Wazed will receive Southeast Asia Region Award for Excellence in Public Health of WHO today (Wednesday) at a function in the city.
The award will be handed over to Saima Wazed Hossain Putul by World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Margaret Chan and Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh for her contributions to the fight against neuro-development disorder and autism.
Saima, Chief of the new National Advisory Committee on Autism, has been nominated for the award in recognition of her "glorious and outstanding" contributions to create mass awareness about autism in Bangladesh and in South Asia.
Saima, the only daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is a school psychologist in the United Sates. WHO appointed her as an expert adviser on mental health in June. She has played a critical role in creating South Asian Autism Network (SAAN). She also led campaigns for the passage of a resolution on autism in the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, this year.
Like the daughter Prime Minister's only son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, an eminent U.S.-educated IT expert, is helping his mother to realise her dream to make Bangladesh a "digital" country - a goal she set to achieve by 2021.
Joy was selected by World Economic Forum as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders of the World.
The international laurels of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Saima and Joy are indeed a pride of Bangladesh as a developing country and an emerging land of hopes.