Media Coverage: Paul Farmer on Haiti After the Earthquake

Posted on Sep 2, 2011


Watch, listen, and read recent media coverage of PIH co-founder Paul Farmer discussing his new book, Haiti After the Earthquake, in the post below. 

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Foreign Affairs- September/October 2011

Paul Collier writes, "To his discussion of this receding tragedy, Paul Farmer brings passion, medical expertise, and a long and intimate engagement with Haiti. His account of the year following the earthquake works on three levels: personal, practical, and analytic."

Read the full story.


Minneapolis Star-Tribune- August 13, 2011

The devastating death blow that the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake delivered to Haiti, and its continuing efforts to recover, have curiously disappeared from the attention of our 24/7 news media. More than 200,000 people were killed and more than 300,000 injured in less than half an hour following the magnitude-7.0 earthquake.

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San Francisco Chronicle- August 10, 2011

It is no secret that before the massive earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti was a poverty-stricken, disorganized nation, filled with tales of human misery. With the earthquake killing hundreds of thousands of people, leveling the capital city, destroying numerous towns and upending primitive infrastructure, stating that Haiti is beyond redemption has become common

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The Daily Beast- August 7, 2011

If you ask Dr. Paul Farmer, the deputy U.N. special envoy to Haiti—a man with deep roots in the country who is famous for his extensive work on public health and AIDS treatment before and after the quake—he would grade the relief effort this way: “I would say for humanitarian relief, right after the quake, I’d give a pretty decent grade, like a B,” he tells The Daily Beast. But, he adds, “For reconstruction, I would say we’re lucky if we’re at C- / D+.”

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The Washington Post- August 4, 2011

On Jan. 12, 2010, a group of second-year nursing students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, felt their world come apart. Phones around the world started ringing. One call went to Paul Farmer, a lifelong advocate for the Haitian people and co-founder of one of the world’s most notable NGOs, Partners in Health.

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The Economist - July 30, 2011

In an overloaded hospital the son of one of the author’s acquaintances recognised “Dr Paul” and greeted him in English, gasping for breath. Dr Farmer got him to an American floating hospital. The next time he saw him was in the morgue.

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PBS Newshour - July 28, 2011

Eighteen months after the massive and devastating earthquake, Haiti is still reeling from the wreckage and a cholera epidemic. Ray Suarez and Dr. Paul Farmer discuss his new book, "Haiti After the Earthquake." Watch on the player below or on the PBS NewsHour website

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Marketplace (Minnesota Public Radio) - July 28, 2011

Dr. Paul Farmer, the U.N.'s deputy special envoy to Haiti, on how the island nation is recovering and whether its aid money is being used wisely.

Read the transcript of the interview.



The Gazette - July 22, 2011

In his new book, Haiti After the Earthquake, doctor and anthropologist Paul Farmer, a professor of public health at Harvard University who has spent nearly 30 years there as the co-founder of the Partners in Health aid organization, the country’s largest supplier of health care, says: “Few would agree that it has been a successful experiment.”

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Power and Politics (CBC) - July 21, 2011

PIH co-founder Paul Farmer discusses his new book with host Evan Solomon. He also discusses the role of NGOs in post-earthquake Haiti, and the importance of supporting the public sector in rebuilding the country.

Watch the interview on the CBC website. (Select the July 21, 2011 episode, and fast forward to about 45:00 in the player.)


BBC News - July 18, 2011

A year and a half since an earthquake destroyed the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, it is estimated at least 600,000 people still live in settlement camps, many facing a daily struggle for survival. Their story is one which Dr. Paul Farmer - a US anthropologist and physician - tells in his new book Haiti: After the Earthquake.

Watch the full interview.


Financial Times - July 15, 2011

Paul Farmer, doctor and aid worker, offers an inspiring insider’s view of the relief effort. Farmer, a doctor, anthropologist and lecturer began providing medical services in rural Haiti three decades ago through what became the non-governmental organisation Partners in Health. As he stresses in Haiti After the Earthquake, using a medical analogy, the latest horror was “an acute-on-chronic event” that exposed underlying failures.

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Charlie Rose (PBS) - July 14, 2011

Paul Farmer is an American anthropologist and physician. He is currently the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University, formerly the Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an attending physician and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In May 2009 he was named chairman of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, succeeding his longtime friend and collaborator Jim Kim.



WNYC - July 14, 2011

Dr. Paul Farmer discusses the massive earthquake that destroyed much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in January 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people. In Haiti After the Earthquake, Farmer describes the suffering and resilience he encountered while treating the injured in Haiti. He explores the social problems that made Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake—the issues he says make it an "unnatural disaster." Listen to the interview below or on the WNYC website.




The Capital Times July 14, 2011

Months after the January 2010 earthquake that flattened the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, Haitians would not say the word "earthquake." Instead, they called it "bagay la," roughly translated to "that thing." As author Paul Farmer explains in "Haiti After the Earthquake," for most Haitians an earthquake of that magnitude and destruction was so far outside their experience and comprehension that it simply could not be named.

Read the full book review on the website for The Capital Times of Madison, WI.



Democracy Now - July 14, 2011

Dr. Paul Farmer on Haiti After the Earthquake: “How Can We Do a Better Job of Cleaning Up This Mess?” Eighteen months ago this week, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 people, injured hundreds of thousands, and left more than one million homeless. We spend the hour with Dr. Paul Farmer, who has been working in Haiti for nearly three decades, and since 2009 has served as the U.N. deputy special envoy for Haiti working under former President Bill Clinton.

Download the episode from the Democracy Now website.



The World: Public Radio International- July 13, 2011

Dr. Paul Farmer has worked in Haiti for nearly three decades. He talks with host Marco Werman about how humanitarian aid to Haiti has been spent, and misspent. Here Farmer addresses a question about whether his job as UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti in any way compromises his work in humanitarian aid.



The Boston Globe - July 12, 2011


The earthquake that hit Haiti 18 months ago was, in clinical terms, an “acute-on-chronic” event, Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer writes in his book released today, “Haiti After the Earthquake.” In the first two-thirds of the book, Farmer gives an account of Haiti in the decades before the quake and the months after it. His narrative is followed by 11 essays from doctors, humanitarians, and families affected.

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NPR Fresh Air - July 12, 2011

Physician, anthropologist, and PIH co-founder Paul Farmer has spent 30 years treating patients in Haiti. Listen to his interview on NPR's Fresh Air about his new book Haiti After The Earthquake. He details what it was like on the ground in the days after the 2010 quake — and why the country is still struggling to recover.

Listen to the interview on the Fresh Air website. 



Kirkus Reviews- June 15, 2011

From the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and members of his team, a searing firsthand account of the earthquake and its aftermath. Farmer (Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader, 2010, etc.) presents consequences of the outrage that U.S. law—e.g., the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961—makes it impossible to do what needs to be done in a country like Haiti.

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