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Dr. Paul Farmer: Public Health in Haiti
Partners in Health
Partners in Health was founded in 1987 as a small health-care service for residents of Cange, Haiti. The program quickly expanded to include training programs for health-care outreach workers, a mobile unit for preventive screening of area residents, and an ongoing study of sickness and health among Haiti’s rural inhabitants. Today, Partners in Health has expanded its reach across Haiti and into five more countries. Founding director and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, the subject of Tracy Kidder's book Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003), speaks about his work with the organization and his commitment to global health care.
This program is part of the national speaker series offered by Facing History and Ourselves, an international and professional development organization with a commitment to cultivating a more humane and informed citizenry through the engagement of students of diverse backgrounds. These Community Conversations are sponsored by the Allstate Foundation.
Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit health care organization that provides services, research, and advocacy for those who are sick and living in poverty. He is also a professor at Harvard Medical School and associate chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has contributed to over 100 scholarly publications.
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Leaders And Thinkers
- Paul Farmer (b. 1959)
- Medical anthropologist, physician, and co-founder of Partners in Health
- Atul Gawande (b. 1965)
- Surgeon, medical professor, and medical journalist
- Jim Yong Kim (b. 1959)
- Co-founder of Partners in Health, former director of the Department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization, 17th president of Dartmouth College