Global health expert Paul Farmer died at the age of 62 in Rwanda on Monday (21/2) local time. Farmer is survived by his wife who hails from Haiti, Didi Bertrand Farmer, and their three children.
Paul Farmer is an American physician and author who is best known for fighting for access to healthcare for millions of poor people around the world. Farmer also founded the global non-profit organization Partners in Health.
The Boston, US-based organization confirmed Farmer’s death. Farmer is said to have died in his sleep of an acute heart attack.
Farmer is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and head of the global equity division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
During his lifetime, Farmer wrote extensively on health, human rights and social inequality.
Farmer is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and head of the division of global health equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has written extensively on health, human rights and social inequality,
“A compassionate physician and infectious disease specialist, a brilliant and influential medical anthropologist, and one of the greatest humanities of our time – perhaps of all time – Paul dedicated his life to improving human health and advocating for health equity and social justice on a global scale, George Q. Daley, dean of Harvard University School of Medicine, wrote in a statement.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder, who wrote the nonfiction book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Will Cure the World, also commented on Farmer’s departure.
“He was an important figure in the world. He had a way of looking around and connecting things. He obviously couldn’t go and heal the whole world alone, but he could, with the help of his friends, provide evidence,” Kidder said.
Kidder said Farmer was instrumental in getting AIDS treatment and creating health systems around the world.
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry also praised Farmer’s work, as did former US President Bill Clinton.
“Paul Farmer is changing the way health care is delivered in the poorest places on Earth. He sees each day as a new opportunity to teach, learn, give, and serve – and it’s impossible to spend time with him and not feel the same way,” Clinton said. in a statement.