To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation


Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Paul Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer's vision in a single, accessible volume.

A must-read for graduates, students, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, To Repair the World:

• Challenges readers to counter failures of imagination that keep billions of people without access to health care, safe drinking water, decent schools, and other basic human rights;

• Champions the power of partnership against global poverty, climate change, and other pressing problems today;

• Overturns common assumptions about health disparities around the globe by considering the large-scale social forces that determine who gets sick and who has access to health care;

• Discusses how hope, solidarity, faith, and hardbitten analysis have animated Farmer's service to the poor in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Russia, and elsewhere;

• Leaves the reader with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination, the next generations can make the world a safer and more humane place.


President Bill Clinton

I’ve learned that in addressing any country’s—and the world’s— most pressing challenges, competition can almost always be fruitful. This shouldn’t be surprising; think of how often we hear calls for competitiveness in business, or how we value the achievements of a superior jazz musician or athlete. But while good policy will draw on this tension among competitors, to solve the great social problems before us, from climate change to pandemic disease, we know we need to turn from competition to cooperation and partnership. This is especially true when these problems afflict the poor and marginalized, as they disproportionally do. It’s this unfair distribution of the world’s hardships that Paul Farmer has spent thirty years addressing tirelessly as a physician, a teacher, and an increasingly influential policy voice. It was Paul’s belief in the power of cooperation, across lines of nationality, class, language, and race, that led him to found Partners in Health while still a student at Harvard Medical School. That abiding belief and a call for . . .

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