Anita Datar was an American mother and global public health expert killed in an attack in Mali on November 20, 2015. To her family, friends and colleagues, Anita was a beautiful person inside and out whose brilliant mind and radiant smile gave hope and help to those around her.
“Everything she did in her life she did to help others — as a mother, public health expert, daughter, sister and friend,” wrote her brother, Sanjeev Datar, in a statement. “And while we are angry and saddened that she has been killed, we know that she would want to promote education and healthcare to prevent violence and poverty at home and abroad, not intolerance,” her family said.
Her passion for health and human rights, and her charm, leadership and glorious laugh will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests donations be made to support two of Anita’s proudest achievements: Tulalens, a non-profit she helped found that connects underserved populations in developing countries with quality health care and a college fund for her young son, Rohan. Please visit the Support page for more information on donating.