World Health Organisation Appoints Professor Shereen Hussein to the Technical Advisory Group of the Commission on Social Connection


The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken a significant step in addressing a pressing global health concern by establishing the Commission on Social Connection. Recognizing the profound impact of loneliness and social isolation on individuals’ physical and mental well-being, as well as on the broader fabric of communities and societies, the commission aims to elevate this issue to a global public health priority.

Loneliness knows no boundaries—it can affect anyone, anywhere, irrespective of age or region. Hence, the WHO Commission on Social Connection, from 2024 to 2026, endeavours to propose a comprehensive global agenda on social connection. Through collaboration with high-level Commissioners, the commission seeks to advocate for action, mobilize support for evidence-based solutions, and monitor progress towards combating loneliness and fostering meaningful social connections worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has formed the Technical Advisory Group on Social Connection to offer guidance on social connection, social isolation, and loneliness globally. The TAG-SC comprises experts selected through an open call, encompassing diverse fields of social connection, social isolation, and loneliness. With representation from 16 WHO Member States across all regions, the TAG consists of 20 members, including experts on different fields such as demography, psychology, social epidemiology, social gerontology, public health, social policy and digital mental health.

We are thrilled to announce that Professor Shereen Hussein, the esteemed Founder and Director of the MENARAH Network, has been appointed as a member of the WHO Commission on Social Connection’s Technical Advisory Group. Professor Hussein brings a wealth of expertise in social care, public health, and community well-being, making her an invaluable addition to the commission’s efforts.

In response to her appointment, Professor Hussein expressed her excitement at representing the UK and the Middle East in this crucial endeavour. She emphasised her commitment to collaborating with global stakeholders to inform the Commission’s work, aiming to enhance the health and well-being of people from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups.

As loneliness increasingly emerges as a significant public health concern, the WHO Commission on Social Connection stands poised to catalyze meaningful change. Through the dedication of individuals like Professor Shereen Hussein and the collaborative efforts of experts worldwide, we can envision a future where social connections are prioritized, fostering healthier, more resilient communities for generations to come.

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