Pakistani woman appointed as president Gender Equality at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr Anita Zaidi – a Pakistani physician has been appointed as the president gender equality at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr Anita Zaidi, who graduated fom Aga Khan University – Karachi, and is the director of the Vaccine Development, Surveillance, and Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases programs, has been appointed as president Gender Equality at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Her team’s work is focused on vaccine development for people in the poorest parts of the world, surveillance to identify and address causes of death in children in the most under-served areas, and significantly reducing the adverse consequences of diarrheal and enteric infections on children’s health in low and middle-income countries,” read the statement issued by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She has previously headed the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University.

Furthermore, she was the first person to receive Caplow Children’s Prize worth up toUS$1 million in 2013 for her services in Karachi’s various slums. In 2014, she was nominated as ‘a notable physician of the year’ by Medscape.

In addition to it, Dr Anita’s vast work experience includes various prestigious institutions including Duke University, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.