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Pakistani student honored with Thesis of the Year award in Spain


A Pakistani student, Saba Anwar, pursuing her PhD in Barcelona, Spain, has garnered international recognition for her pioneering research, earning the prestigious Thesis of the Year award from Barcelona’s esteemed university.

Anwar’s research is centered on developing dietary plans for individuals at risk of diabetes and heart diseases. Her meticulously crafted dietary regimen has been embraced by a local hospital, where it is being implemented to benefit patients. Notably, the Germans Trias I Pujol hospital in Barcelona has allocated a kitchen specifically for preparing meals according to Anwar’s dietary plans.

One of the remarkable aspects of Anwar’s project is the involvement of Pakistani women, often marginalized in Spanish society. Through her initiative, these women are actively participating in the preparation of meals, contributing to the community’s health and well-being.

At 26 years old, Anwar’s dedication to her field stems from her personal experiences and observations. Hailing from Mandi Bahauddin, Pakistan, she migrated to Spain with her family at the age of 13. Motivated by the health challenges faced by the Pakistani community, particularly concerning diabetes and heart diseases, Anwar’s research aims to combat obesity and related health issues.

Anwar’s exceptional research work was recognized as the best of the year in 2021, and she also secured victory in a thesis competition at the University of Barcelona the previous year.

With Spain being home to over 100,000 Pakistanis, with women comprising more than 30 percent of this population, Anwar’s project has engaged Pakistani women who were previously sidelined from social activities. Through her groundbreaking work, Anwar not only advances scientific knowledge but also empowers marginalized communities to contribute meaningfully to society.

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