scholarly journals Development of a World Health Organization Programme for School Mental Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Hesham M. Hamoda ◽  
Sharon Hoover ◽  
Jeff Bostic ◽  
Atif Rahman ◽  
Khalid Saaed

Background: Schools provide an exceptional opportunity for mental health promotion and intervention. Aims: To describe the development of a World Health Organization (WHO) School Mental Health Program (SMHP) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Methods: Two tenets guided development of the SMHP: (1) it used a multitiered system of support framework including 3 tiers of interventions (universal, early and targeted); and (2) interventions must be feasible for implementation by non-mental health professionals. Results: The WHO SMHP is organized into a background section, followed by 3 modules: Social–Emotional Childhood Development; Mental Health Promoting Schools (Promotion and Prevention); and Addressing Student Mental Health Problems in Your Classroom, including specific classroom strategies and case examples. Conclusion: Developing an appropriate curriculum sensitive to the needs of individual countries requires involvement of those familiar with schooling in those countries, with mental health priorities and practices that promote mental health, and to coalesce school staff, parents and community members in the service of their children.

2018 ◽  
Vol 44 (9) ◽  
pp. 1588-1590 ◽  
Lama H. Nazer ◽  
Mohamad Elaibaid ◽  
Nada Al-Qadheeb ◽  
Ruth Kleinpell ◽  
Keith M. Olsen ◽  

Vaccine ◽  
2016 ◽  
Vol 34 (21) ◽  
pp. 2403-2409 ◽  
Robert D. Allison ◽  
Nadia Teleb ◽  
Salah Al Awaidy ◽  
Hossam Ashmony ◽  
James P. Alexander ◽  

2020 ◽  
Vol 23 (10) ◽  
pp. 707-711
Leila Mounesan ◽  
Ehsan Mostafavi

The honorable Abdul Hussein Tabatabaei was born in 1911 in Iran and received his medical education in the United Kingdom. Famously known as Dr. A.H. Taba, he was a well-respected man for his significant impact on the improvement of the national and global healthcare services and support for social justice. Before joining the World Health Organization (WHO), he was twice elected to the Iranian national assembly and served as the under-secretary of health services in Iran. Later, he joined the WHO and was elected as the Director of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) in Alexandria in 1957 – a position he maintained for 25 years. During his tenure as the Regional Director, he rendered valuable assistance to the development and expansion of major health issues such as development and expansion of the health workforce, improvement of the national health services and controlling of various communicable diseases in the member countries and across the WHO regional offices.

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