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Anita Zaidi

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Anita Zaidi, director, enteric and diarrheal diseases, leads the team with the goal to eliminate the gap in mortality from enteric and diarrheal diseases between developed and developing countries and to significantly reduce impaired development associated with these diseases in children under age five.

An author and researcher, Anita’s research interests include neonatal infections, vaccine-preventable illnesses in children, and child health in developing countries. She has led several studies supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), GAVI Alliance, and the foundation, including Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS), Malnutrition and Enteric Diseases (MalED), Simplified Antibiotic Therapy Trial for Sepsis in Young Infants, and Aetiology of Neonatal Infection in South Asia (ANISA), as well as multiple Polio Research Council-funded studies. Anita is a member of the ROTA (Rotavirus Organization of Technical Allies) Council and Pakistan’s National Immunization Technical Advisory Group.

Anita graduated medical school class at Aga Khan University. After spending a year working in community health in northern Pakistan, she trained as a pediatrician and microbiologist at Duke University Medical Center. She also completed a pediatric infectious disease specialty and epidemiologist fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Boston while at Harvard Medical School. Anita holds an M.S. in Tropical Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. 

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