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It’s with profound sadness and a heavy heart we inform you that renowned American physician Paul Farmer has passed away at 62. To read all the details surrounding Paul Farmer’s cause of death, stay up with us.

Farmer was a medical anthropologist and physician. He held an MD and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was the Kolokotrones University Professor and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the chair of the Department of Global Health.

Paul was co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health, a non-profit organization that has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of people who are sick and living in poverty.

Story behind Dr. Paul Farmer's Cause of Death at 62

He was also a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Farmer and his colleagues in the United States and abroad pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that indicate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the United States and abroad.

Their work is documented in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Clinical Infectious Diseases, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, and Social Science and Medicine.

He wrote on health and human rights, the role of social inequalities in the distribution and result of infectious diseases, and global health.

Farmer was known as “the man who would cure the world,” as described in the Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

The story of Partners In Health is told in the documentary Bending the Arc. Paul was a proponent of liberation theology.

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What’s Paul Farmer’s Cause of Death?

Paul Farmer’s cause of death has not been revealed at the time. His family also has not released any statement related to his death cause.

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In 1987, Farmer, along with Thomas J. White, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl, and Todd McCormack, co-founded Partners In Health.

PIH began in Cange in the Central Plateau of Haiti and works in 12 sites across the country. Partners In Health also works in Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, the Navajo Nation, and Russia.

The University of Global Health Equity is an initiative of Partners In Health focused on providing the highest quality of health care by addressing the systemic forces causing inequities and inefficiencies in health care delivery.

In 2003, the author Tracy Kidder wrote Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, which describes Farmer’s work in Haiti, Peru, and Russia.

In May 2009, Paul was named Chair of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

Story behind Dr. Paul Farmer's Cause of Death at 62
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On December 17, 2010, Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University’s President, named Paul as a University Professor, the highest honor that the University can bestow on one of its faculty members.

Farmer was named United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti, in his capacity as Special Envoy in August 2009.

In December 2012, Farmer was appointed as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.

He was one of 38 Harvard faculty to sign a letter to The Harvard Crimson defending John Comaroff, who had been found to have disobeyed the university’s sexual and professional conduct policies.

The letter defended John Comaroff as “an excellent colleague, advisor and committed university citizen.” After students filed a lawsuit with detailed allegations of John Comaroff’s actions and the university’s failure to respond, John was one of several signatories to say that he wished to retract his signature.

“I made a mistake signing this letter because I should’ve been more careful in evaluating the case and doing due diligence. What I really want to say is that I’m deeply sorry for that. And being sorry is, I know, insufficient,” Farmer wrote.

Paul was board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. He was Editor-in-Chief of Health and Humana Rights Journal.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of Incentives for Global Health, the NGO concentrated on developing the Health Impact Fund.

Farmer served on the Advisory Board of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, an international advocacy organization that mostly works on issues of medicine development and affordability.

Farmer tied the knot with Didi Bertrand Farmer, a Haitian medical anthropologist, and community health specialist. Her most recent work focuses on empowering girls and women in Haiti and Rwanda. They share three children.

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Reaction to Paul Farmer’s Sudden Death

After the sad news of Paul Farmer’s death was revealed, his friends and fans flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay touching tributes to him.

Eric Feigl-Ding tweeted: “I’m crying. Global health hero Paul Farmer has reportedly just died. As co-founder of @PIH, he dedicated his life to healing and helping the poor. What a loss for the world. RIP. #Paulfarmer.”

“I heard the news an hour ago. Paul Farmer, global health activist, writer, medical provider, and researcher died in Rwanda. We were to meet this week. He will be missed by his family, colleagues, and those of us committed to a decolonized global health,” Kenyon Farrow wrote on Twitter.

“Devastating news. Paul Farmer gave everything—everything—to others. He saw the worst, and yet did all he could to bring out the best in everyone he encountered. Indefatigable, mischievous, generous, brilliant, soulful, skeptical, idealistic, beloved. A giant,” Samantha Power wrote.

Story behind Dr. Paul Farmer's Cause of Death at 62
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Leslie Enane tweeted: “Shocked and devastated to hear of the passing of Paul Farmer. Impossible to state the impact of his work on global health and on people around the world, and I’m at a loss for words. Sharing the book that most changed my life and informed my understanding of the HIV/AIDS crisis.”

“It’s a sad day for the Haitian people. The loss of #Paul Farmer, one of their truest advocates, is enormous, even for the many who never knew him. But as he would say, it’s the work, not the man. We should all take heart from that… though it’s hard right now. Really hard,” Amy Wilentz tweeted.

“It’s a sad day for the Haitian people. The loss of #Paul Farmer, one of their truest advocates, is enormous, even for the many who never knew him. But as he would say, it’s the work, not the man. We should all take heart from that… though it’s hard right now. Really hard,” Amy Wilentz said.

“The number and diversity of people who Paul Farmer inspired to pursue justice through health is simply incalculable. This is a titanic loss for global health that will reverberate for generations to come. May we all do justice to his memory and example,” Jonathan Cohen wrote on social media

A Twitter user wrote: “Paul Farmer had such a huge impact on my life. His work and significant contributions to medical anthropology are what drove me to pursue anthropology as my major focus in college, and opened my eyes to a whole new world within medicine. This is heartbreaking to hear!”

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these challenging days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him.


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3 Comments

  1. jan johnson February 22, 2022

    A true hero to all of us, especially the most medically and economically compromised

    Reply
  2. Karen June 12, 2022

    I think it’s important to know if there was an autopsy done after Dr. Paul Farmer’s death. There are plenty of Big Pharma profit monsters in this world, especially in the USA, who would have gone out of their way to permanently “remove” a REAL PUBLIC HEALTH HERO like Dr. Paul Farmer who truly cared about the health & quality of lives in his huge sphere of influence. We need to know if an unbiased autopsy was conducted. P.S. The Constant Gardener film was based on real life. Big Pharma is a ruthless business. Some characters will stop at nothing to maintain and advance their own wealth & status in the drug business. A thorough autopsy should have been done. Dr. Paul Farmer should still be with us!

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    1. US day News June 12, 2022

      Farmer touched many, and his memory continues to inspire his patients.
      We hope the truth will be revealed soon.

      Reply

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