Dr. Shamim Qazi is a Medical Officer in the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. He is a paediatrician, public health physician and researcher. He has programmatic, clinical, training and research experience in the field of communicable and preventable childhood diseases. He is presently responsible for development of research agenda dealing with clinical, epidemiologicaland implementation research related to the management of common childhood illnesses including respiratory infections, fever and neonatal sepsis. He is responsible for initiating, coordinating, follow-up and monitoring of research studies on priority child health research questions. At WHO he has coordinated over 20 large research studies in the past 19 years. He coordinates development of WHO guidelines in light of new evidence and provides specific input and technical support on paediatric clinical content and in promotion of such activities in developing countries. He co-led the development of the WHO/UNICEF integrated global action plan on prevention and control of pneumonia and diarrhoea (GAPPD).