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Update: We deeply mourn the loss of the late Dr. Paul Farmer, a global health equity pioneer and one of our mentors. Below is the description from an event that took place in April 2021.

During this event, activists engaged in a thought-provoking discussion with medical anthropologist and physician Dr. Paul Farmer about the social movement that we need to break the accelerating cycle of pandemics.


We must meet this moment with a movement that ends the cycle of panic and neglect and ensures that we don’t repeat the same mistakes yet again. This conversation will explore how we can take lessons from previous social movements and apply them to create a social movement to pandemic-proof the planet.

About Dr. Paul Farmer

The late Dr. Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., was 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. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, from which he was the recipient of the 2018 Public Welfare Medal. He has authored multiple books, including: The Uses of Haiti, Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, and Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction. His most recent book, is Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History.

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