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Paul Farmer, U.S. doctor dedicated to the world’s poor, dies at 62 -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Paul Farmer (founder of Partners in Health) participates in a conversation at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton/File Photo

(Reuters) – Paul Farmer was an American doctor and anthropologist who worked to improve public health in the poorest nations of the planet. He died in Rwanda on Monday, according to the organization he established. He was 62 years old.

Partners in Health in Haiti was founded by Farmer in 1987. He also served as the chief strategist of the group. It has been responsible for providing millions in outpatient visits, home visits in 12 different countries and women’s health screenings in over a dozen other countries according to its website.

Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States, praised Farmer’s pioneering work that had “fundamentally transformed the delivery of health care in some the poorest places on Earth.”

Farmer, who was still a student at Harvard University in 1983, became committed towards Haiti as a result of his work with farmers who were unable to support themselves. According to Farmer’s Harvard University bio, Farmer earned both a medical degree and an anthropology PhD.

Farmer, who spent a year living in Haiti rurally, said that there was “no doubt” that his role as a physician in a desert clinic would help save many lives.

On receiving the 2018 Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, he explained that AIDS was killing young people and also there are a number of treatable diseases.

Farmer also served as chair of Global Health and Social Medicine Harvard Medical School and was chief of Division of Global Health Equity Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development called him “a giant” and declared his death “devastating news”.

Power stated on Twitter that Paul Farmer had given everything to all – and everything – to other people.

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