On behalf of ACAIM members worldwide, we mourn the loss of a great friend, teacher and mentor, Dr Paul Farmer. With his lifelong commitment to global health initiatives, Dr Farmer was an inspiration to many of us. His leadership and wisdom served as the foundation for many of the goals and principles for which ACAIM was founded, including a commitment to high quality medical care for all and the belief that health care is a human right. His tireless contributions included domestic efforts in the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as decades-long efforts in Haiti and elsewhere in South/Central America, Africa and Asia. He focused on helping provide the highest level of care with a belief that “location and circumstances of your birth should never dictate that quality of your care." All of us, including those of us at ACAIM who are committed to his beliefs, are better international medicine professionals from standing on the shoulders of such a Giant. He will be missed and our collective thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and three children.
About Dr. Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., was the professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he was the chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He Co-founded Partners In Health and he continued to pioneer approaches to delivering high-quality patient care in resource limited areas of the world.
He was the recipient of the 2018 Public Welfare Medal and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
His notable authorships includes books titled: In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.
(Photograph of Dr. Farmer sourced from https://www.pih.org/article/remembering-dr-paul-farmer and Biographic Information Sourced from www.PIH.org )