A Real Kind of Hope

Dr. Paul Farmer. Photo by Behna Gardner.

When he was writing Mountains Beyond Mountains, his book about Dr. Paul Farmer’s work with Partners in Health, Tracy Kidder traveled with Farmer as he treated patients in Boston and in some of the poorest parts of Haiti, Peru, and Russia.

In his foreword to Partner to the Poor, which appears in The Daily Beast today, Kidder recalls visiting crowded prison cells in Moscow, slums outside Lima, and Haiti’s Central Plateau, observing as Farmer listened to patients and challenged the prevailing view of public health in poor countries. He describes his realization that in these impoverished areas, where he saw “more reasons for despair than I’ve ever seen before”, it is possible to successfully treat diseases like drug-resistant tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria. By showing that this is possible, Kidder says, Partners in Health has changed international health care and given the world “a real kind of hope, backed up by fact.” Read Tracy Kidder’s foreword in The Daily Beast.

3 thoughts on “A Real Kind of Hope

  1. For me, this article was A Real Kind of Hope! It would be great if we could help people with diseases like the ones above. This would help a lot of people and really change the world. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice article! “it is possible to successfully treat diseases like drug-resistant tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria.” I hope this is true so we can make the world a better place for so many people.

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