By Jennifer Browning
Rumors that Paul Farmer was under consideration for the position of USAID Director have been put to rest. Last week, Paul farmer was appointed Deputy U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti. Former President and U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton said Farmer’s “credibility both among the people of Haiti and in the international community will be a tremendous asset” to their work in Haiti. This position will allow Farmer to once again work full time on Haiti.
Farmer said he is honored to be the U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti and is looking forward to continuing his work with Clinton, the Haitian government and its people. Haitian President Rene Preval called Farmer “a good friend to the Haitian people for many years.”
Farmer is a medical doctor, anthropologist, Harvard Medical School professor, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, and the subject of a best-selling Tracy Kidder book, Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Would Cure the World. He co-founded Partners in Health more than 20 years ago. The group’s best-known project has been providing healthcare to one of the poorest areas in central Haiti. On a larger scale, Farmer and his group Partners in Health helped pioneer the concept of comprehensive, community-based health care.
Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University where he is a professor of social medicine, char of the Department of Global health and Social Medicine, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.