Global health pioneer Paul Farmer dies aged 62

“If you talk about iconic public health giants, he’s pretty much in between a very, very short list of people,” said Dr. Fauci, who is Dr. Farmer first met decades ago, when Dr. Farmer a medical student. He added: “He called me his mentor, but in reality he was more of a mentor to me.”

The pioneer of world health died on February 21, 2022. He was 62.

In the latter part of his career, Dr. Farmer a public health luminary; the subject of a 2017 documentary, “Bending the Arc”; and the author of 12 books.

In 2020, when he was awarded the $1 million Berggruen Prize, which is presented annually to an influential opinion leader, the award committee chair said Dr. Farmer had “reshaped our understanding” of “what it means to treat health as a human right and the ethical and political obligations that follow.”

dr. Farmer, who never settled into the easy life of an elder statesman, has been forcefully involved in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, urging the Biden administration to drop the intellectual property barriers that prevented pharmaceutical companies from doing so. share their technology.

“It’s not just about health safety, in the sense of defending yourself,” he said. “It’s not just about charity, although it’s not that bad. It is also about pragmatic solidarity with those in need.”

Paul Edward Farmer Jr. was born on October 26, 1959 in North Adams, Massachusetts. Paul’s mother, Ginny (Rice) Farmer, worked as a cashier in a supermarket and his father, Paul Sr., was a salesman and mathematician in high school. lecturer.

When Paul was about 12 years old, his father bought an old bus and equipped it with bunk beds to turn it into a mobile home. Paul, his parents, and his five siblings spent the next few years traveling, mainly in Florida, living for a time on a boat docked at a bayou. He attributed this period to giving him “a very docile GI system,” a knack for sleeping anywhere, and an inability to be shy or embarrassed.

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