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Anita Zaidi

Dr. Anita Zaidi (MBBS, SM) obtained her medical degree from the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and training in pediatrics and medical microbiology from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. She undertook further training in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and obtained a Masters in Tropical Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases program in early 2014. She now also leads the Gates Foundation’s Vaccine Development, and Surveillance programs, and co-leads the Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Discovery & Tools program. Prior to that, Anita was the Ruby and Karim Bahudar Ali Jessani Professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. In 2013 Anita became the first recipient of the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize for work in one of Karachi’s poverty-stricken fishing communities to save children’s lives. Medscape nominated her as a notable physician of the year in 2014. Dr. Zaidi has published more than two hundred research papers related to vaccine-preventable illnesses and newborn infections in resource-limited settings.