Remembering Dr. Paul Farmer

Posted on 24 February 2022

Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.S. physician, humanitarian and author renowned for providing health care to millions of impoverished people worldwide has died. He was 62.

Photo by John Ra / Partners In Health

Albina du Boisrouvray, Founder and President Emerita, FXB International, and FXB USA join the world in mourning the sudden passing of Dr. Paul Farmer, a very admired and respected colleague.

Dr. Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., was the Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health.

Dr. Farmer closely collaborated with FXB International, especially with our pioneering poverty alleviation initiatives in Rwanda. Dr. Farmer served as Editor-in-Chief of the flagship publication, the Health and Human Rights Journal, since 2008, at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Dr. Farmer’s research and community-based public health work at the intersection between health and human rights contributed to increased access to high-quality healthcare in resource-poor settings and inspired so many public health practitioners.

We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Farmer’s family, his wife Didi Bertrand Farmer and their three children, as well as his colleagues at Partners in Health.

“Paul taught all those around him the power of accompaniment, love for one another, and solidarity.” Dr. Sheila Davis, CEO Partners In Health