Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Dr. Paul Farmer to Speak in Cville

PACEM is proud to sponsor a community presentation by Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health and subject of the best-selling 2004 book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, on Sunday, March 11, at 7:00pm at Holy Comforter Catholic Church (208 East Jefferson St. in downtown Charlottesville).

Dr. Farmer will be talking about his inspiring and path-breaking efforts to fight poverty, hunger and disease both internationally and in the U.S. (including street outreach work he's done with the homeless). The event is free to the public, but a collection will be taken to benefit PACEM.

On the following evening, March 12, Dr. Farmer will speak at UVa as a guest of the Center for Global Health to share his extensive experience in providing complex health interventions in resource-limited settings, including the treatment of HIV/AIDS and MDR-TB. That talk will be at 6:00pm in the McLeod Hall Auditorium.

Dr. Farmer is associate chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School; and a founding director of Partners In Health, an international nongovernmental organization that provides health care to, and undertakes research and advocacy on behalf of, the sick and poor. Dr. Farmer is a 1993 recipient of the prestigious "Genius Award" from the MacArthur Foundation and is the author of numerous books and articles on the plight of the world's poor.

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