Aisha Khizar Yousafzai

Aga Khan University

Aisha Yousafzai is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Development and Disability in the Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Yousafzai earned a Ph.D. in International Child Health from the Institute of Child Health, University College London. Her main research interests are the strengthening of early child development programming in health and nutrition services, and the inclusion of children with disabilities in health programmes in developing countries. Her other focus area is training and capacity development for early child development programmes and research in order to generate and disseminate local evidence and experience more widely.

Dr. Yousafzai has 10 years of experience in community based programmes in both South Asia and East Africa. She was the co-principal investigator of the Pakistan Early Child Development Scale Up (PEDS) trial which investigates the integration of stimulation programme in Sindh, Pakistan. The trial has generated evidence on how to reach the most disadvantaged children to promote early learning and equity. Dr. Yousafzai is currently funded by the Saving Brains Program, Grand Challenges Canada to study the impact in later, care for development and nutrition in a government community health life of early intervention delivered in the first 1000 days of life to better understand implications for human development.