Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
Associação Brasileira de Linfoma e Leucemia - ABRALE
This description of Merula Steagall's work was prepared when Merula Steagall was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Merula Steagall has thalassemia—a rare hereditary blood disease—but has always led a normal life. Aware of the low quality of life for the majority of thalassemia patients in Brazil, she has used her knowledge of business to communicate with diverse partners about the democratization of access to health information and quality treatments. Through her work, Merula has doubled the life expectancy of patients, and is beginning to work on a broader range of blood diseases.
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