On February 21, 2022, Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, died unexpectedly in Rwanda at age 62. He was an extraordinary visionary, leader, physician and humanitarian. He was my hero and role model. Originally from western Massachusetts, like me, he attended Harvard University and became an internationally renowned infectious disease expert. He counted Bill Gates and Bono as colleagues and friends, as well as the poor of Haiti.

He helped rebuild Rwanda’s healthcare system following the genocide, and decided to live there. And he created the best hospital in Haiti, revolutionary in concept, which excels today in its service to the poor. Save One Life, the nonprofit I founded, also serves the world’s poor.

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