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Paul Farmer on Rebuilding Haiti

Sponsored by MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Arthur Miller Lecture on Science and Ethics

Difficult as it is to look beyond the acute misery of Haiti’s current crisis, Paul Farmer proposes that aid agencies and others concerned with rebuilding focus on the nation’s “old, chronic problems.” There’s no shortage of recovery ideas, he says, but these will go nowhere if they do not also advance the long-neglected, basic rights of Haitians.

“One thing is clear: There is always a role for the promotion of basic rights, like the right to health care. (The trick is) how to do this in the field, and not just win an argument in seminar." — Paul Farmer
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