WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the 30th country to join the World Mental Health Initiative under the World Health Organization’s umbrella.
Since the school was established in 1782, faculty members have improved human health by innovating in their roles as physicians, mentors and scholars. They’ve piloted educational models, developed new curricula to address emerging needs in health care, and produced thousands of leaders and compassionate caregivers who are shaping the fields of science and medicine throughout the world with their expertise and passion.
Members of the Harvard Medical School community have also excelled in the research arena. Faculty members have been making paradigm-shifting discoveries and achieving “firsts” since 1800, when HMS Professor Benjamin Waterhouse introduced the small pox vaccine to the United States. Their accomplishments are recognized internationally, and, in fact, fifteen researchers have shared in nine Nobel prizes for work completed while at the School.
Ronald Kessler, PhD - co-founder of the World Mental Health Initiative - and his team at Harvard University contributed tremendously to the study of SNMHS. They provided scientific and technical support to the KSA team (i.e. programming the instrument, codes, developing algorithms for the SCID).
The University of Michigan is a publicly-chartered, state-assisted institution with its main campus located in Ann Arbor, a lively and diverse city (population: 114,000). The Ann Arbor campus enrolls about 41,000 students and includes professional schools in Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy. Two branch campuses conduct research and provide undergraduate education. UM-Dearborn has about 8,725 students, four schools and colleges. UM-Flinthas four schools, 6,500 students.The University’s instructional staff numbers about 5,000, with a non-instructional staff 26,000, for a total employment of 31,000. It awards about 11,500 degrees each year.
Research is central to the University’s mission and permeates its schools and colleges. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) have central responsibility for administration and support of research activity by the faculty.
The University of Michigan is noted for its interdisciplinary research initiatives, such as nanoscience and technology, energy, and life sciences that involve faculty from many units on campus, including the Medical School, College of Engineering and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Beth-Ellen Pennell, MS, director of Survey Research Operations (SRO) at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and her team have been the back bone of the field work during the pilot study. Providing scientific and technical support to the KSA team as well as adapting management software (SurveyTrak) to fit the Saudi study. SRO also played a major role in data cleaning.