Paul Farmer, a global health pioneer and the world's 'most extraordinary medical humanitarian,' dies at 62

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Dr. Paul Farmer, chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Partners In Health, has treated patients in Haiti, Rwanda and West Africa, and is now helping to tackle COVID-19 in the U.S. and elsewhere. He recently published a new book, "Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds," about the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2015.

Dr. Paul Farmer, a giant in the field of global health, professor at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of the nonprofit Partners In Health, died Monday in Butaro, Rwanda, in a hospital he helped build.

A cause of death has not been announced, but his death was confirmed by Sheila Davis, executive director of Partners In Health.

Farmer, 62, spent his professional life fighting for quality medical care for people regardless of their income, race or geography. That quest brought him to some of the poorest places in the world, including Rwanda, as it rebuilt from the 1994 genocide, Peru as it battled an epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis, and Russian prisons overrun with HIV.

He began his medical career in rural Haiti and helped build a health infrastructure in that country through Partners In Health, which also led a medical response to the devastating 2010 earthquake there.


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