Farmer began administering health care to Haitian farmers in 1983, while still a student, and in 1987 founded Partners in Health, a non-profit organization providing health-care services, advocacy and research for the world’s poor. Partners in Health now runs a school and multiple clinics in Haiti and has expanded to a dozen countries worldwide. He has become recognized as a pioneer in bringing high-quality health care to people living in poverty.
Currently Farmer is the Presley Professor of Social Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Dr. Farmer is also serving as the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under the Special Envoy, former president Bill Clinton.
The lecture is sponsored by MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society.