Health Policy Project

The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).


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On the Death of our Colleague Anita Datar
Anita Datar at HPP EOP Event on October, 22, 2015
Anita Datar at the HPP EOP event in October, 2015. Photo by HPP

We are deeply saddened to confirm the tragic loss of our friend and colleague Anita Datar, who was killed during the attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali on November 20, 2015.

Ms Datar was in Mali along with two colleagues, both of whom were safely evacuated from the hotel.

Ms Datar had spent more than a decade pursuing global public health, specifically reproductive health and HIV. Most recently, she was the Senior Director for Field Programs for HP+, a USAID-funded health policy project focused on improving reproductive health in developing countries. She will be remembered as a dedicated humanitarian and a trusted and beloved colleague.

On behalf of everyone at Palladium, we extend our condolences to her family and friends. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

Update November 23, 2015: Palladium has set up a page to honor Anita here:

If you would like to contribute to that anthology of testimonials to Anita, please send an email with your thoughts to

For more information on Anita's life and legacy, and how you can show your support, please visit

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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