Meet Pakistan’s Dr. Anita Zaidi | New President of Gender Equality At The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation
In 2013, Dr. Zaidi also received $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize for her efforts in Karachi’s underprivileged fishing communities to save children’s lives.
Dr. Anita Zaidi from Pakistan has been appointed as the new president of Gender Equality at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Zaidi is now a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), along with six other foundation presidents. She has previously worked as the director of the Vaccine Development, Surveillance, and Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases programs at Bill Gates and Melinda Foundation.
Developing a vaccine for the underprivileged
Her team’s job is to develop a vaccine for people in underprivileged parts of the world, identify and research the causes of death in children in these under-served areas and reduce the effects of diarrheal and enteric infections on children’s health.
Dr. Anita got her medical degree from the Aga Khan University in Karachi, residency training in pediatrics and fellowship training in medical microbiology from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
She then took training in pediatric infectious diseases from Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Masters in Tropical Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
In 2013, Dr. Zaidi also received $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize for her efforts in Karachi’s underprivileged fishing communities to save children’s lives. She was nominated as a notable physician of the year in 2015 by Medscape.
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