News for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dr. Paul Farmer Joins the Fight Against Ebola

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world.”
                                                                                                                          Paul Farmer

SAR alumnus Dr. Paul Farmer is bringing formidable resources to bear in the Ebola crisis. Farmer, a physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, an organization whose mission is “to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.” PIH is leading a coalition to combat this outbreak, working alongside two outstanding grassroots organizations—Last Mile Health in Liberia and Wellbody Alliance in Sierra Leone. PIH is actively recruiting clinicians, logisticians, and other health system professionals to help support the community-based effort needed to contain the Ebola outbreak.

Dr. Farmer co-chaired the SAR advanced seminar Global Health in Times of Violence along with Barbara Rylko-Bauer and Linda Whiteford in 2006. The three co-chairs edited the papers from the seminar participants into a book by the same title, which was published by SAR Press Global Health in Times of Violence. Farmer was also awarded SAR’s J. I. Staley Prize in 2006 for his book Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor.

   Paul is just a great human being who cares about the people he treats. It’s not just about curing ills: it’s about making people’s lives better in so many ways.
                                                                   Eric Dobkin, SAR Treasurer, Board of Directors
                                                                   and supporter of Dr. Farmer’s work.

Dr. Farmer is also Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.

An interview with Paul Farmer about his organization’s commitment to helping end the Ebola crisis is available at

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