Pak researcher bags Turkish award in health, life sciences

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STAFF REPORT KHI:A Pakistani academcian, Dr Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, has been conferred upon a prestigious Turkish award, the 2015 International TÜBA Academy Prize, in health and life sciences.

Dr Bhutta, founding director of the Centre for Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University and the co-director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health in Toronto, received the award from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey.

Presented by the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the annual TÜBA Academy prizes, in three categories, are given to scientists with original, leading and path-breaking works in their fields.

Dr Bhutta received the award in recognition of his ground breaking research on mothers and childrens health and contributions to global health and policy.

With over 650 peer-reviewed publications and eight books to his name, Dr Bhutta has played a key role in global efforts to improve the health of mother and child through evidence-based interventions that have been the base of many national health policies.

In Pakistan, he has been a driving force in improving maternal and child health through his work with the Lady Health Workers programme and in advocating for key changes to national and provincial health and nutrition policies.


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