Paul Farmer:health as a human right (Click)

I have never met Dr. Paul  Farmer but his words and actions have been a great source of inspiration to me even if I am not a medical doctor.  Paul Farmer’s world  —  where there will be no “stupid deaths”  —  may be utopian whereas we live in a dystopia. But as Farmer himself says in this audio clip, moving away from this dystopia is a movement towards a world which is better and more humane.I enjoyed listening to this clip and am sharing it.

Today, Paul Farmer is in the news as the UN’s  deputy special envoy to Haiti. Check out his report to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/SNAA-8267T3?OpenDocument

Also  check out  this link

http://www.pih.org/inforesources/news/Haiti_Earthquake.html

Who is Paul Farmer and why should we listen to what he says? Here is a snippet I found from the internet which gives a glimpse of where he is coming from.

” Paul Farmer has been described by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder as “a man who would cure the world.” Founder of the Boston-based nonprofit group Partners In Health, Paul Farmer is known worldwide for his pioneering work in global health. Farmer grew up as the second of six children in an unconventional family that moved frequently, living at times in a trailer park, in a bus, and on a boat without running water. Making friends easily and possessing a “photographic memory” for facts, he graduated from high school as valedictorian and went to Duke University on full scholarship.

It was there he began reading about the German physician Rudolf Virchow. Virchow, sometimes called “the father of public health,” wrote: “Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing but medicine on a large scale. The physicians are the natural attorneys of the poor, and the social problems should largely be solved by them.” Of his inspiration, Farmer explains, “Virchow had a comprehensive vision: pathology, social medicine, politics, anthropology — my model.”


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