A well-known Pakistani scientist, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta has made the country proud by winning The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) 2016 award in medical sciences. He has been recognized for his incalculable efforts in:
“Incisive work on academic pediatrics and public health in Pakistan, which has contributed to shape global child health and policy”
Zulfiqar Bhutta has become third Pakistani scientist overall to win TWAS award. Pakistan Academy of Sciences nominated the name of Professor Bhutta. He was nominated Since its inception in 1983, the other two Pakistani scientists won an award in the field of agriculture and biological sciences. 10 scientists from 7 different countries won 10 awards in 2016. Brazil, China and India secured 2 awards each while Chile, Mexico, Turkey and Pakistan got hold of one award each.
A global science academy, TWAS is based in Trieste, Italy. It is putting in a lot of efforts to modernize science and engineering fields for maintainable prosperity in the developing world. TWAS has the tendency to distribute prizes worth $15,000 to scientists from developing countries each year. In addition, they also recognize their impeccable influence and contribution in scientific knowledge. The scientists are also distinguished on the basis of their input in the application of science and technology to sustainable development.
The scientists are awarded prizes in following 9 disciplines:
1- Agricultural sciences
4- Earth sciences
5- Engineering sciences
7- Medical sciences
9- Social sciences
The winners will receive their prize money along with a plaque at TWAS’ general meeting in 2017.
Zulfiqar A. Bhutta and his contribution
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta has made significant contribution in his fields and subsequently he has served at several top universities in Canada, UK and USA. Furthermore, he has a whopping experience of 30 years in academic career.
In the field of academic pediatrics, he has hands on child survival, micronutrient deficiencies, newborn and nutrition. He is also one of the most prominent cited health sciences scholars from the developing world. Besides to his credit, he has published 8 books, 88 chapters of books and more than 725 indexed publications including 145 in the leading journal, The Lancet. Additionally, he is also awarded with the prestigious Turkish award (International TUBA Academy Prize in health and life sciences) in December 2015.
The professor also represented Aga Khan University at the launch of new global strategy for adolescents, children and women’s health in September 2015. Subsequently, the university vowed to invest over $85 million over the next decade in support of global strategy.
Professor Bhutta is also awarded with the prestigious Turkish award (International TUBA Academy Prize in health and life sciences) in December 2015. For his chief contribution in the field of healthcare education, Zulfiqar Bhutta was also presented Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan.