Paul Edward Farmer (October 26, 1959 – February 21, 2022)

Paul Edward Farmer was an American medical anthropologist and physician.

Farmer held an MD and PhD from Harvard University, where he was the Kolokotrones University Professor and the chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

He was the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has  provided direct health care services and undertaken research and  advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in  poverty.

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

Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel  community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of  high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and  abroad.

Farmer had written extensively on health and human rights, the role of  social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious  diseases, and global health.

He was known as "the man who would cure the world," as described in the book Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

The story of Partners In Health is also told in the 2017 documentary Bending the Arc. He was a proponent of liberation theology.