Global health champion Dr. Paul Farmer has died
Dr. Paul Farmer, global health champion, Harvard Medical School professor, anthropologist and founder of the nonprofit health organization Partners in Health, has died at age 62. PIH confirmed his death in a tweet on Monday.
According to the tweet, Farmer “unexpectedly passed away today in his sleep while in Rwanda,” where he had been teaching for the past few weeks at the university he co-founded. A source close to Farmer said he had been in Rwanda for the past several weeks teaching at the University of Global Health Equity, the medical school that he helped found with the country’s former minister of health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho.
In addition to starting hospitals in Rwanda and Haiti, Farmer helped bring life-saving HIV drugs to the people of Haiti in the early 2000s.