Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He chairs the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. He also is professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“My success as a doctor has been dependent on people who can make sure patients and their families receive the services that we prescribe. The best delivery idea we’ve had, looking at chronic disease, has been community health workers who can accompany patients over time.” – Paul Farmer