Anita Zaidi is the director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the Ruby and Karim Bahudar Ali Jessani Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University. In 2013 Anita became the first recipient of the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize for work in one of Karachi’s poverty stricken fishing communities to save children’s lives.
Through concerted investment in improving water and sanitation, developing new vaccines and ensuring that the most marginalized people have access to the current prevention and treatment tools, we can significantly reduce EDDs, writes Anita Zaidi, director for enteric and diarrheal diseases program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in this guest column.
Stopping cholera requires investment in vaccines along with improved hygiene and sanitation, writes Anita Zaidi, director of the enteric and diarrheal diseases program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As the WHO approves a low-cost cholera vaccine this week, what are the next steps in combating the disease?