Paul Farmer Helped Put Equity at the Heart of Global Health Governance

Dr. Paul Farmer gestures during the inauguration of the national referral and teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, Jan. 10, 2012 (AP photo by Dieu Nalio Chery).
Dr. Paul Farmer gestures during the inauguration of the national referral and teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, Jan. 10, 2012 (AP photo by Dieu Nalio Chery).

One of my greatest regrets in life is that I never got to meet Paul Farmer. The closest I came was in 2015, when Grinnell College, my alma mater in Iowa, invited me to participate in a symposium on global health at which Farmer was to be the keynote speaker. Unfortunately, my presentation was scheduled a week before Farmer’s, and as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t wait for a week among the cornfields to see him. A physician and anthropologist who co-founded the global health and social justice organization Partners in Health, or PIH, Farmer died unexpectedly on Feb. 21 in Butaro, Rwanda. He […]

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