Paul Farmer, Pioneer of Global Health, Dies at 62

“When you talk about iconic public health giants, he is pretty much on a very, very short list of people,” said Dr. Fauci, who first met Dr. Farmer decades ago when Dr. Farmer was a medical worker. student. He added, “He called me his mentor, but he was actually more of a mentor to me.”

Late in his career, Dr. Farmer became a public health luminary; the plot of the 2017 documentary “Bending the Arc”; and author of 12 books.

In 2020 when he was awarded $1 million Berggruen PrizeAwarded annually to an influential thought leader, the chairman of the awards committee said that Dr. Farmer “changed our understanding” of “what it means to treat health as a human right and the ethical and political obligations it entails.”

Dr. Farmer, who never settled into the easy life of an elderly statesman, has been actively involved in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing the Biden administration to remove intellectual property barriers that prevented pharmaceutical companies from sharing their technology.

“It’s not just about health security in the sense of self-protection,” he said. “It’s not just about charity, although it’s not that bad. It’s also about pragmatic solidarity with those in need.”

Paul Edward Farmer Jr. was born October 26, 1959, in North Adams, Massachusetts. Paul’s mother, Jeannie (Rice) Farmer, worked as a supermarket cashier, and his father, Paul Sr., was a salesman and school mathematician. teacher.

When Paul was about 12 years old, his father bought an old bus and equipped it with sleeping quarters, turning it into a mobile home. Paul, his parents, and his five siblings spent the next few years traveling, mostly in Florida, living for a time on a boat docked in the bay. He credits this period with giving him a “very compliant gastrointestinal system”, the ability to sleep anywhere, and an inability to be shy or embarrassed.

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