Dr. Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners In Health, will be the guest speaker in Columbus Academy’s 2008 Phil Currier Lecture Series on February 6th at 7:30 pm in the Academy’s Schoedinger Theatre.
Dr. Farmer is a worldwide expert in providing public health services to impoverished communities. A 2005 U.S. News & World Report article profiling Dr. Farmer as one of "America’s Best Leaders" and the popular bestseller "Mountains Beyond Mountains" made Dr. Farmer’s name known worldwide.
Dr. Farmer, a physician and medical anthropologist, received the MacArthur Genius Grant in 1993. His Partners In Health charity, founded in Boston in 1987, has grown to become a model for delivering public-health services. PIH fights tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases afflicting the poor in Rwanda, Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia and Boston’s inner city. Partners In Health’s innovative and successful approach to treating patients has led the World Health Organization to use PIH’s treatment models in more than 30 countries.
Dr. Farmer’s speech on February 6th is free and open to the public.