SickKids’ Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta awarded 2021 Roux Prize for public health achievement
Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Centre for Global Child Health was named the recipient of the 2021 Roux Prize, a prestigious award that recognizes individuals who have used health evidence in innovative ways to improve population health. Dr. Bhutta was recognized for his research and public policy impact on global maternal and child health and nutrition.
The Roux Prize is administered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Launched in 2013, it is the world’s largest award for evidence-based public health achievement.
Dr. Bhutta’s work has focused on newborn and child survival and undernutrition, with a particular emphasis on reducing health disparities and reaching underserved populations, including health care in conflict settings and humanitarian emergencies. He has played a crucial role in developing global consensus on interventions to address undernutrition in mothers and children, with publications that have informed World Health Organization (WHO) policy and global funding priorities.
Dr. Bhutta is the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health and Policy, and a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at SickKids. He is also the founding director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health and the Institute for Global Health and Development at Aga Khan University.
"Dr. Bhutta is one of the world’s foremost experts in child and maternal health and nutrition studies, whose contributions have led to direct and significant impact on health care and policy in communities worldwide," said Dr. Stephen Scherer, Chief of Research at SickKids. "SickKids is proud to be home to Dr. Bhutta’s groundbreaking translational research, which not only exemplifies our vision of ‘Healthier Children. A Better World,’ but continues to have a profound impact in science and in the lives of people around the world."