A Lifeline During a Natural Disaster

Adil Haider

Credit: Photograph Courtesy of Aga Khan University

When flooding hit Pakistan in June 2022, a third of the country was under water and nearly 33 million people were displaced. Adil Haider, BSPH '00 (MPH), knew the disaster would result in multiple public health catastrophes.

So Haider—an internationally acclaimed trauma surgeon, health disparities researcher, and dean of the Medical College at Aga Khan University in Pakistan—took action, mobilizing resources and putting together a team to train over 4,000 health care providers to serve in emergency response positions at preexisting research field sites that cared for more than 400,000 people in two months.

For Haider's work in trauma disparities research and his leadership in the immediate aftermath of the devastating floods in Pakistan, he received one of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association's 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Awards that honor alumni who typify the university's tradition of excellence through their personal accomplishments, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.