Pakistani doctor wins $ 1 million to fight against child deaths

2013-12-13 05:10:55 | Al Muslim News
Pakistani doctor wins $ 1 million to fight against child deaths

 

A Pakistani doctor won a $1 million grant to fight early child mortality in a small fishing village in southern Pakistan in a contest financed by an American entrepreneur to find innovative ways to save lives, The Caplow Children's Prize said. Dr. Anita Zaidi, head of the pediatrics department at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, won from more than 550 other applicants around from 70 countries of the world. The prize was founded and funded by entrepreneur Ted Caplow to find impactful and cost-effective ways to save children's lives, according to a press release announcing the results. Dr. Zaidi said that her project will focus on reducing child mortality rates in Rehri Goth, on the outskirts of Karachi. According to Zaidi, 106 out of 1,000 children born in the town die before the age of five. That is almost double the worldwide under-five child mortality rate of 51 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011, according to Unicef. Few of the women in the area of roughly 40,000 people have access to medical care during pregnancy or money to pay for things like multivitamins, said Zaidi..

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