We at IVUmed are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of global health visionary, Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Farmer changed the way health care is delivered in the most impoverished places on the globe. He believed strongly that the location and circumstances of your birth should never dictate the quality of your healthcare.
Dr. Farmer held an MD and PhD from Harvard University and served as the chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. PIH began in Haiti and operates at 16 sites across the country. Partners In Health also works in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Russia, and the Navajo Nation. He was also a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
It is no coincidence that global health organizations like IVUmed exist because of the work done by Dr. Farmer. His legacy will live on not only through PIH but through IVUmed and every other medical outreach program that strives to bring quality healthcare to all human beings in the world. As Dr. Farmer once stated, “Medicine should be viewed as social justice work in a world that is so sick and so riven by inequities”. We still have work to do.