New Voices in Global Health Award

02 November 2017

We extend congratulations to Dr M. Tasdik Hasan who received the ‘New Voices in Global Health Award’ at the World Health Summit 2017 in Berlin in October. Dr Hasan is studying for an MSc in Global Mental Health at King’s IoPPN as a Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh.

The award recognises emerging researchers in the fields of health and medicine, and the New Voices in Global Health Initiative aims to ‘strengthen research and support young academics worldwide, to implement the global impetus of the World Health Summit Network to find and support future leaders in health, and to set tomorrow’s health agenda with the explicit inclusion of tomorrow’s leaders’.

Dr Hasan’s project explored mental health services among climate victims in a cyclone affected area of coastal Bangladesh. The mental health of people impacted by these types of disasters is a frequently overlooked topic. Dr Hasan and his team conducted an exploratory study of mental health services in a cyclone affected village. They found that despite numerous psychological impacts cyclones had on the population – from PTSD to depression – there was a lack of action plans and initiatives to address these issues. The project highlighted this gap and recommended resilient, responsive and sustaining health systems are crucial for this vulnerable population.

In discussing his experience at the conference, Dr Hasan said, ‘It was a life changing event, and I am humbled, honoured and determined to work more efficiently to keep this glory of being selected among ten names around the world. To me, the highlights also included meeting with HRH Princess of Jordan Dina Mired, Nobel Laureate Dr Roger D Kornberg, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, Dr Joanne Liuand Member of the House of the Lords, UK Parliament Lord Paul Boateng. I am looking forward to representing Kings in global platforms like this in near future.’