Doctor Paul Farmer sought to serve the ill and the poor; to accompany ill people on their journeys toward health; and to develop systems of community health care done by nurses with follow-up. His group provides health care for the sick and poor. They believe in equity in health care. They want more investment in public health. They build hospitals and outpatient clinics that are run by local people whom they train to become health care providers.
Paul had “the radical vision for health as a human right.” His group, Partners in Health, has a saying called “the “House of Yes”, which means saying, “Yes, we can do this,” and then figuring out how and then designing a system that can do it for others.” from Democracy Now
Paul Farmer, while studying epidemics, decided to spend his summers and weekends going to Haiti to provide medical care to the poor. He and others led the movement to give health care to the poor in slums in Peru, in Haiti, in Africa, and in jails in Russia- treating TB, malaria, Ebola, and AIDS.
Tracy Kidder’s book about Paul Farmer, is Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. It is uplifting and inspiring.
This movie about him is also wonderful.
“Bending the Arc”, a Netflix film, https://bendingthearcfilm.com/