IGHS mourns the loss of Paul Farmer, MD, who died suddenly this weekend at age 62. In the words of our executive director, Jaime Sepulveda:
There are few American academics who have had as great an impact in advancing global health equity as Paul. He was a visionary leader, a caring physician and a brilliant academic who pioneered community-based treatment strategies to deliver high quality care in resource poor settings.
Dr. Farmer was the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health, and chair of the Department of Global health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He was also vocal champion for human rights both in the US and globally. His academic achievements are numerous. For many of us at IGHS he will be remembered as a generous friend who taught us the power of accompaniment in effecting public health change. More recently he has been a fierce advocate for climate justice and the decolonizing global health movement.
He will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Didi, and three children.