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Haiti - FLASH : Dr. Paul Farmer, co-Founder of «Zanmi Lasante» died
22/02/2022 07:36:11

Haiti - FLASH : Dr. Paul Farmer, co-Founder of «Zanmi Lasante» died
The renowned American doctor and philanthropist Paul Farmer, (62), co-founder of the NGO "Partners in Health" Zanmi lasante died on the night of February 21, 2022 while he was at the Rwanda. He is survived by his wife (Haitian), Didi Bertrand Farmer and their three children.

Let's recall that "Zanmi Lasanté" in Haiti is one of the most important care providers, present in practically all the communes of the Center and in some regions of Artibonite.

Dr. Sheila Davis, President and CEO of Partners In Health, said, "The loss of Paul Farmer is devastating, but his vision for the world will live on through Partners in Health. Paul taught everyone around him the power of companionship, love for one another and solidarity. Our deepest condolences go to his wife Didi and his three children.

Learn more about Dr. Paul Farmer :
Paul Farmer, MD, Ph.D., was Kolokotrones University Professor and Chairman of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Global Health Equity Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health.

Paul Farmer also co-led United Nations efforts in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

He is the author of several books, including "In the Company of the Poor"; "Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez"; "Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World"; Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. His most recent book came out in November 2020 "Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History".

Rain of reactions :
Acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry :
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Paul Farmer, a prominent American physician and anthropologist. This philanthropist was a great friend of Haiti whose works, notably through his NGO 'Zanmi lasante' continue to benefit our population."

Dr Lauré Adrien, Director General of the Ministry of Health :
"It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we learned the sad news of the passing of Dr Paul Farmer, a great friend, what am I saying ? A 'son' of Haiti. His works in the field of health need no introduction. We hope that his contribution to humanity will serve as an inspiration to many. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, his collaborators close to 'Zanmi Lasante' and to all those who are affected by this premature departure of a man who knew how to understand and make his own the following formula : Do the most good to the greatest number because your works will survive you. The Haitian health system has lost one of its most ardent defenders."

Former President Martelly :
"Dr. Paul Farmer has left us. This is a major loss for Haiti and for the medical community. Throughout his life, he gave everyone a lesson in courage and dignity. I extend my condolences to his family and to his collaborators who are grieving over this loss."

Former First Lady of Haiti Sophia Martelly :
"It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of Dr. Paul Farmer, renowned physician and co-founder of Partners in Health (Zanmi Lasante). I am grateful to him for his support for health in Haiti. The country is indebted to him for countless lives saved. Rest in peace."

Former Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant :
"I am devastated by the death, on February 21, 2022, of a friend and close family member, Doctor Paul Farmer, founder of Zanmi Lasante. His leadership and his commitment alongside Haiti were undeniable. I salute his departure and may God keep him in peace."

Ex-senator and doctor Carl Murat Cantave :
"I am literally shaken by the sudden death of Dr. Paul Farmer, a friend, a collaborator, a visionary who has served Haiti better than anyone through his unwavering commitment to health.
Sincere condolences to his family"

Ex-MP Gary Bodeau:
"Paul Farmer, the philanthropist who showed NGOs the way forward in the health sector in Haiti, passed away today. I mourn the departure of a sincere friend of Haiti and its people."

Bill Gates also reacted by saying on twitter that he had "...never known anyone who was more passionate about reducing the worst health inequalities in the world" Other personalities, Amina J. Mohammed, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) and former US President Bill Clinton also praised Dr. Farmer.

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