Paul Farmer sees reason for hope in Haiti’s homegrown response
The summer was a season of devastation for Haiti, with a presidential assassination in early July, a major earthquake in mid-August that killed more than 2,000 people, and then, three days later, the impact of Tropical Storm Grace.
Paul Farmer, Harvard’s Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and a founder of the nonprofit Partners In Health, has worked in Haiti for decades, including in the months following the 2010 earthquake there, which claimed more than 200,000 lives. In the following interview, Farmer speaks about the multiple traumas affecting the island nation. The interview was edited for clarity and length.