Farmer, Paul

Farmer, Paul (Paul Edward Farmer), 1959–2022; American infectious disease doctor and medical anthropologist, b. North Adams, Mass., M.D. and Ph.D. Harvard University. Farmer was the chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School. He was also the chief strategist of Partners In Health (PIH). Farmer co-founded PIH in 1987, when he was a medical student. The goal of the organization was to deliver free healthcare to people in Haiti. A noted humanitarian and advocate of global health equity, he worked in Haiti, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Peru, Russia, and Mexico. In 2012 he became UN special adviser to the secretary-general on community-based medicine and lessons from Haiti. In 2020, Farmer and PIH were involved in various efforts regarding COVID-19. Farmer's many honors included election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, from which he received the 2018 Public Welfare Medal, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Farmer won the Aurora Humanitarian prize in 2021 and the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2022. His numerous writings include Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues (1999), Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (2003), Haiti After the Earthquake (2011), and Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History (2020).

See T. Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (2003).

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