In a recent development, one of the renowned names in the field of global healthcare – Professor Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta – has been bestowed with prestigious Canada Gairdner International Award 2022. Pakistani professor was recognized for his valuable contribution in the ‘development and evaluation of evidence-based interventions in child and maternal health for marginalized populations, focusing on outcomes for the first thousand days” of life.
The announcement stated while naming Dr. Zulfiqar for the award:
“Through systematic investigation and analysis, he has established the foundations for current understandings of maternal and child health in rural, remote and conflict affected regions. In addition, he improved the survival and outcomes of world’s most vulnerable women and children”
Some of the other professors to secure the award for their contribution were:
- Stuart H. Orkin
- John E. Dick
- Pieter Cullis
- Katalin Kariko
- Drew Weissman
- Deborah J. Cook
During the ceremony, the announcement further lauded Dr. Zulfiqar’s influence – especially in remote regions – by stating:
“His rigorous approach to investigation has also challenged conventional wisdom, illustrating both the possibilities and limitations of vital interventions like community health workers. Dr. Bhutta has worked extensively in low resource areas, using sustainable interventions that are available and affordable to disadvantaged populations”
About Professor Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta
In 1977, Dr. Zulfiqar did MBBS from Peshawar. During his education, he managed to win the ‘Best Graduate of the Year’ award besides receiving a gold medal. In 1996, the genius completed his PhD degree from Sweden.
Additionally, Dr. Zulfiqar is a fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians London, Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health London, and American Academy of Pediatrics. Professor Bhutta is also the founding director of the Center of Excellence in Woman and the Child Health and Institute for Global Health and Development at Aga Khan University.
Government of Pakistan also conferred Dr. Zulfiqar with Pride of Performance Award in 2016 for his outstanding and scintillating contributions in the field of global healthcare. Moreover, he was also bestowed with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Award.