Profiled in the New Yorker as 'the good doctor' and the 1993 winner of a MacArthur 'genius grant,' Paul Farmer lectured on the subject of 'Infectious Diseases and Poverty: A View from Haiti.' He is the co-director of the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, a chief consultant to the World Bank, and the founding Director of Partnership in Health. Shifting operations between Haiti, the United States, Paris, and Russia, Farmer's goal is at once simple and difficult: to heal of the world of preventable, treatable diseases.
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