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The 2016 Weinstein-Rosental Forum on Faith, Ethics, and Global Society featured Dr. Paul Farmer, who explored the intersection of health care, faith, and society. Dr. Farmer provided new insights into global activism and the motivation behind serving the common good and challenged us to consider how our moral, ethical, and spiritual traditions inspire us to create sustainable and effective change to health care for the most vulnerable communities, at home and abroad.

About Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer is 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, and the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.

Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S., Haiti, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, among others, have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

Paul Farmer: I believe in health care as a human right