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Zulfiqar Bhutta: A better world for children

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k638 (Published 21 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k638
Duncan Smith

Biography

Zulfiqar Bhutta, 62, is an energetic and peripatetic paediatrician who has made child health and nutrition his life’s work. Born at the foot of the Khyber Pass, he trained in Peshawar, in Bristol, and at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, deciding early on that newborn medicine needed the world’s attention. Returning home, he visited remote and risky corners of Pakistan to pioneer community based care strategies. He is founder-director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University and at its global campuses, combining this with a chair at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He recently shared (with Samiran Nundy) the BMJ South Asia Award for outstanding achievement.

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