On November 20, 2015, a terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. Twenty-one people were killed in the attack — among them alumna Anita Datar MPA ’03, Mailman ’03.

In Mali, Anita had returned to a part of the world that meant so much to her. She lost her life doing what she loved – helping others while serving as the senior director for field programs for the Palladium organization on a USAID-funded project focused on improving reproductive health in developing countries.

Anita dedicated her life to helping others by strengthening the public health infrastructure intake in the developing world, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS and women and children’s health.

It is in this spirit that Anita’s alma mater, Columbia University, has established the Anita Datar Fellowship Fund, which will be used to provide fellowships for students in the dual-degree program serving the School of International and Public Affairs and the Mailman School of Public Health. Please follow this link to make a gift in memory of Anita and help continue her legacy through the next generation of students dedicated to making the world a better place.

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