Co-Founder of PIH works to better life for world's poorest
The Society is pleased to announce that Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), will deliver this year’s keynote address at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
"Paul has dedicated his life to improving healthcare for the world's poorest people and, in so doing, has taught lessons that are useful worldwide," said ASTMH President Patricia F. Walker, MD, DTM&H, FASTMH. "At a time when tropical medicine and global health are facing even greater challenges, he is a perfect choice to inspire us and set the tone for our 2017 meeting."
PIH is an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct healthcare services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. During that time, Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies to deliver high-quality healthcare in resource-poor settings.
A medical anthropologist and physician, Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the AMA, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
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