Seattle is home to an amazing number of organizations and people engaged in development work in South Asia and many significant development institutions which are staffed by people of South Asian origin. These activities take place along multiple scales, from the vast global networks of PATH and the Gates Foundation to the micro-scale of a single individual volunteering her time, expertise, and funds to support an institution or project.
The topic for this year’s Development, Diaspora and the Next Generation Project workshop is Maternal & Child Health in South Asia. Despite having centers of excellence in healthcare delivery, countries in South Asia remain in dire need of adequate facilities and trained personnel to meet the current healthcare demands for the majority of their population. In rural India, where two-thirds of the population lives, health services are poor to nonexistent. In the past decade, however, thanks to growing support from government, non-governmental and private sector innovation, and a great leap forward in infrastructure development, Information Communication Technology (ICT) is transforming the way people receive health care.
Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Bhutta is Husein Laljee Dewraj Professor and Head of the newly created Division of Maternal and Child Health at the Aga Khan University Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan. He has been associated with the Aga Khan University since 1986 and heads a large research team working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition globally and regionally.
Dr. Bhutta serves on several international editorial advisory boards, including the Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine and PLoS ONE, and has published four books, 51 book chapters, and over 350 indexed publications to date. He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia award (2007), as well as the inaugural award of the Program for Global Pediatric Research for outstanding contributions to Global Child Health and Research (2009).
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