Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., was Kolokotrones university professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health. Farmer and his colleagues pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrated the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He wrote extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, from which he was the recipient of the 2018 Public Welfare Medal.
He authored multiple books, including: In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. His most recent book was released in November 2020: Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History.
Film on Paul's Life
More than 30 years ago, Dr. Paul Farmer and co-founders started Partners In Health; this is the story of their life's work.
Improving Cervical Cancer Treatment in Haiti
Belennda Joseph had few choices for treatment of her cervical cancer in Haiti and feared she would need to travel to the Dominican Republic. Then she met doctors at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, who offered free care--and relief--through an innovative new treatment regimen.
Dr. Paul Farmer Honored with WHO Director-General's Global Health Leaders Award
Dr. Paul Farmer was awarded posthumously the WHO Director-General's Global Health Leaders Award in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 22, 2022.