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Remembering Dr Paul Farmer

IAS – the International AIDS Society – mourns the death of IAS Member Paul Farmer, Harvard Medical School professor, physician, medical anthropologist and humanitarian. A visionary trailblazer in the quest for global health equity, Dr Farmer passed away on 21 February 2022.

“The loss of Dr Paul Farmer is devastating to the global health world,” IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. “He made a great difference to so many lives in many countries, and his work inspired many people, including me.”

At the time of his death, Dr Farmer was in Butaro, Rwanda, teaching at the University of Global Health Equity, the not-for-profit medical school that he and health organization Partners in Health (PIH) co-founded to train global health leaders in building and sustaining effective, equitable health systems.

In 1987, when Dr Farmer founded PIH in Haiti, he set up a clinic that grew into 16 medical centres. A champion of the people, he helped bring antiretrovirals to Haiti in the early 2000s, including going door-to-door to deliver the drugs to people living with HIV.  

Among his many accolades, Dr Farmer received the Public Welfare Medal from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2018.

The IAS offers its sincerest condolences to Dr Farmer’s family and friends.