Anita Zaidi, director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases program, leads a team focused on eliminating diarrheal diseases mortality and significantly reducing the adverse consequences of diarrheal and enteric infections on children’s health in low and middle-income countries.
Prior to joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Anita was the Ruby and Karim Bahudar Ali Jessani Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, 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.
Anita has a multi-disciplinary training background and professional expertise in pediatrics, clinical microbiology, infectious diseases in children, and tropical public health. Her research has focused on vaccine-preventable illnesses and newborn infections in resource-limited settings, publishing more than a hundred research papers in these areas.