Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), received a new appointment on April 29, 2019, as the Ibn Sina Scholar in Global Child Health at SickKids supported by Islamic Relief Canada. Holding unique joint appointments as the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, Dr. Bhutta is at the helm of critically important research and knowledge synthesis for maternal and child health in low resource settings, including in many Islamic countries.

Dr. Bhutta is also the recipient of the CPBC Professional of the Year Award – Male

Click the link CPBC Annual Gala – Dr. Bhutta Professional of the Year

The scholar position is named after one of the most eminent multidisciplinary physicians in Islamic history, Ibn e Sina (also called Avicenna). “To me, it means following in the tradition of scholarship and public service, a responsibility that this named position carries in its wake,” says Dr. Bhutta.

Dr. Bhutta is a prestigious scholar in his field who has made many contributions including:

  • Building the evidence base and capacity to support community-based neonatal interventions in his native Pakistan;
  • Evaluating strategies to improve child nutrition in the Middle East North Africa region among populations affected by conflict and displacement;
  • Identifying inequities in maternal and child health interventions in Afghanistan;
  • Beginning to explore the health, nutrition and mental health needs of Syrian refugees, with the goal of identifying issues and evidence-based interventions to reduce the potential impact on health outcomes.

SickKids Foundation and Islamic Relief Canada co-hosted a celebration attended by many friends and colleagues, as well as dignitaries including Mr. Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, Consul General of Pakistan and Samir Dossal-President of the Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC).