It’s not every day that the region plays hosts to a guest speaker whose mission is to improve health care for the world’s poor, but that is the case today.
Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founding director of Partners in Health, will speak at Canisius College at 7 tonight in the Montante Cultural Center. His lecture, entitled “To Repair the World,” is free and open to the public.
Farmer, a medical anthropologist and physician, helped start an international nonprofit organization in 1987 that, according to Canisius, “provides direct-care services, advocacy and research activities for those who are sick or living in poverty."
The project started in Cange, a village in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere: Haiti. In the last quarter century, the one-room medical clinic has blossomed into a health complex that includes a primary school, infirmary, a surgical wing, a training program for health outreach workers, a 104-bed hospital, a women’s clinic and a pediatric facility.
Partners in Health also now has operations in a dozen sites in Haiti and in a dozen other countries.
Farmer subscribes to the Catholic belief of “liberation theology” and the importance it places on serving, and teaching, the poor. According to a Canisius press release, he and his colleagues across the globe “have pioneered community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor areas.”
Farmer’s most recent book is called, “To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.” He will talk about the book, and more, tonight.
The event is presented by The William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.