Mehta ’13 spearheads program to combat anemia in India

April 24, 2013

Shortness of breath, weakness and chest pains plagued Rajvi Mehta ’13 during her sophomore year. After being diagnosed with a genetic disposition to anemia, or thallasimia minor, she decided to research the condition.

Her family history of anemia and its associated conditions drove Mehta to further investigate the issue back home in India, and she learned that about 80 percent of fetal mortalities are caused by anemia, she said. She applied to and was accepted for a Swearer Center scholarship and in the summer of 2011 she founded Let’s Be Well Red, an initiative to combat and spread awareness about anemia in India.

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