***CANCELED***We are sorry to announce that this event has been canceled. Unfortunately, due to the grounding of flights across Europe because of the volcano eruption in Iceland, Dr. Farmer will not be able to make it to the event.

Paul Farmer will speak with Adam Hochschild on April 19

Dr. Paul Farmer, Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Partners In Health, and award-winning author and journalist Adam Hochschild will discuss the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath, as well as some of the themes of Farmer’s new book: global health, social and economic rights, and the consequences of social inequality.

The event marks the publication of Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader, new essays and collected writings from the past 20 years, with a foreword by Tracy Kidder. Download the Event Flyer (PDF)

Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
When: Mon., April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Recommended donation:
$10/students and seniors
Donations will support the work of Partners In Health and Episcopal Relief & Development.

For nearly 30 years, anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has traveled to some of the most impoverished places on earth to bring comfort and the high-quality medical care to the poorest of the poor.

Driven by his stated intent to “make human rights substantial,” Farmer has treated patients and worked to address the root causes of their disease in Haiti, Boston, Peru, Rwanda, Russia, Lesotho, Malawi, and elsewhere in the developing world.

In 1987, with several colleagues, he founded Partners In Health (PIH) to bring modern medical care to rural Haiti. Today, the program has expanded to 12 countries around the world, with a goal of providing care to patients, addressing the root causes of disease in their communities, and sharing lessons learned around the world.

Partners In Health’s oldest, largest and most replicated project is Haiti-based Zanmi Lasante (ZL). Today, ZL is the largest non-governmental health care provider and the only provider of comprehensive primary care, regardless of ability to pay, for more than half a million impoverished people living in the mountainous Central Plateau. It serves a key role in providing health care and support for Haitian residents following the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

Photo by Behna Gardner.