Haiti. After the Earthquake
Haiti. After the Earthquake

Paul Farmer

Haiti After the Earthquake (PublicAffairs) is the newly released must-read book by Dr. Paul Farmer, the renowned Harvard physician and co-founder of Partners In Health. Within three days on the massive earthquake, Dr. Paul Farmer arrived in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, along with a team of volunteers, to lend his services to the injured. In this vivid and gripping narrative, Farmer describes the incredible suffering—and resilience—that he encountered in Haiti. Having worked in the country for nearly thirty years, he skillfully explores the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake—the very issues that make it an “unnatural disaster.” Complementing his account are stories from other doctors, volunteers, and earthquake survivors. Haiti After the Earthquake bears witness to the experiences of the injured and displaced, telling the stories of both those who survived and those who did not. An unparalleled disaster in an impoverished country, the earthquake pushed the international community to rethink how it initiates large-scale emergency aid and recovery projects. Farmer’s book will both inform and inspire readers to stand with the Haitian people against the profound economic and social injustices that formed the fault line for this disaster. More information: Partners In Health’s website about the book Listen to Paul Farmer interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air (July 11, 2011) Watch Paul Farmer on Charlie Rose (July 14, 2011) Listen to Paul Farmer on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show (July 14, 2011) PublicAffairs’s website about the book “5 Lessons from Haiti’s Disaster” by Paul Farmer, published in Foreign Policy
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Mountains Beyond Mountains
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

Tracy Kidder

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House) by the Pulitzer-Prize winning American writer, Tracy Kidder, tells the true and inspiring story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, world-class Robin Hood, Paul Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer—brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti—blasts through convention to get results. Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity”—a philosophy that is embodied in the public charity he co-founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”: as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too. More information: Random House’s website for the book. Read an excerpt here Tracy Kidder’s website NPR interview on All Things Considered with Tracy Kidder about Paul Farmer Paul Farmer & Partners In Health Paul Farmer and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University
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Image: Copyright Randall Slavin, January 2011