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Haiti After the Earthquake
September 12, 2011
Dr. Paul Farmer with HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
discussion moderated by:
CBS Evening News Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jonathan LaPook
A portion of the event’s proceeds were donated to Partners In Health,
the non-profit organization that provides a preferential option for the poor in health care.
Make sure to read these additional postings:
"Paul Farmer on Haiti after the Quake" in the Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
"Paul Farmer's 'Haiti: After the Earthquake'" in the Washington Post
Click the following links to learn about Dr. Jon LaPook's coverage for CBS News a few months after the earthquake:
CBS News Website, 4/24/10: tour of makeshift medical facility run by Partners In Health at Parc Jean-Marie Vincent
CBS Evening News, 4/24/10: the state of Haiti following the earthquake
CBS Evening News, 10/25/10: cholera epidemic, including interview with PIH’s Dr. Koji Nakashima
CBS Evening News, 7/18/10: “Film Aid,” an organization that provides emotional escape to children around the world
About the Author – Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., is Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and co-founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
About the Book – On January 12, 2010 a massive earthquake laid waste to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Within three days, Dr. Paul Farmer arrived in the Haitian capital, along with a team of volunteers, to lend his services to the injured.
In this vivid narrative, Farmer describes the incredible suffering–and resilience–that he encountered in Haiti. Having worked in the country for nearly thirty years, he skillfully explores the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to the earthquake–the very issues that make it an "unnatural disaster". Haiti After the Earthquake will both inform and inspire readers to stand with the Haitian people against the profound economic and social injustices that formed the fault line for this disaster.