|Birthname||Paul Edward Farmer|
|born on||26 October 1959 at 07:59 (= 07:59 AM )|
|Place||North Adams, Massachusetts, 42n42, 73w07|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||02°22' 21°58 Asc. 20°49'|
American medical anthropologist, physician and humanitarian who is having a profound effect on world health. The subject of Tracy Kidder’s 2004 book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Farmer spends his time between Harvard University where he teaches and rural hospitals in impoverished nations, first in Haiti and since 2004 in Rwanda. Co-founder of Partners in Health, Farmer’s mission is to address the injustices of poverty that are perpetuated by the inequality in health care. He was a critic of the Bush administration’s policy on withholding aid to Haiti, saying, "Why are we blocking assistance to the poorest country? It’s bizarre, unfair and doesn’t reflect the American people’s will."
Second-oldest of six children, his upbringing was unconventional, with much of his childhood spent in an old school bus that became a mobile home in a trailer park in Birmingham, Alabama. His strong-willed father, nicknamed, "The Warden" later moved the family onto a rebuilt boat, moored in a Florida Gulf Coast bayou. A brilliant student, Farmer won a scholarship to Duke University where he studied anthropology and became interested in Haiti. When he traveled there in 1983, he committed himself to doing something about the destitute conditions he found. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Duke in 1982, he went to Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1984. In 1987, he co-founded Partners in Health to treat the sick and train health workers in the poorest part of central Haiti. With his doctorate in medicine and medical anthropology from Harvard, he became professor of social medicine at the university as well as chairman of the division of social medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He learned French, Haitian Creole and Spanish, and in 1993, he won a $250,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" which he gave to Partners in Health. In 2002, he did the same with a $250,000 Heinz Foundation Award.
His biographer Tracy Kidder describes Farmer as energetic, witty, voluble, intense and always optimistic, a man who makes almost superhuman demands of himself. He is humble about his accomplishments, yet passionate about his work. In addition to fulfilling his mission, Farmer has a family of his own. In 1996 he married Didi Bertrand, a Haitian woman. A medical anthropologist, Didi runs community health workers programs wherever their work brings them. The couple welcomed their first child in 1998, a daughter named Catherine. In February 2008 their son Sebastian was born. A few months prior to Sebastian’s arrival, they adopted Elizabeth, a Rwandan child who had been abandoned at birth.
Farmer is the author of several books including AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame (1993), Infections and Inequalities (2001), To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation (2013) and Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (2003) and Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History (2020).
He has contributed to other publications as well in an effort to disseminate his message. In November 2004, just as he had done in Haiti and in several other countries, Farmer brought Partners in Health to Rwanda. By the following summer, the first hospital was opened there.
- Work : Great Achievement 1987 (Co-founded Partners in Health)
- Work : Prize 1993 (won MacArthur Genius Grant)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1993 ("AIDS and Accusations")
- Relationship : Marriage 1996 (Didi Bertrand)
- Family : Change in family responsibilities 1998 (Daughter Catherine was born)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2001 ("Infections and Inequalities")
- Work : Prize 2002 (Heniz Foundation Award)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2003 ("Pathologies of Power")
- Work : Begin Major Project 2004 (Brought Partners in Health to Rwanda)
- Family : Adopted a child 2007 (Daughter Elizabeth)
- Family : Change in family responsibilities February 2008 (Son Sebastian was born)
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PT quotes birth certificate for 7:59 AM.
Sy Scholfield provided birth notice stating 7:39 AM at North Adams Hospital (The North Adams Transcript, Massachusetts, 26 October 1959, page 5).
- Traits : Mind : Education extensive (MD)
- Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind
- Traits : Personality : Disciplined
- Traits : Personality : Juggles lots at once
- Family : Childhood : Family large (six kids)
- Family : Childhood : Other Childhood (unconventional childhood)
- Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids
- Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (primarily to Haiti from US)
- Vocation : Healing Fields : Other Healing Fields (humanitarian)
- Vocation : Medical : Physician
- Vocation : Science : Anthropology
- Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction