Farmer at a meeting in Kay Erin, Haiti. His idea was to bring Boston medicine to the island’s Central Plateau. Photograph by Gilles Peress.

NEW YORK — Dr. Paul Farmer, the infectious-disease specialist and medical anthropologist who co-founded Partners in Health - Haiti (PiH), passed away on Feb. 21 from an “acute cardiac event,” according to a spokesperson from the organization. He was 62.

Farmer was known for his decades of extensive work in Haiti dating back to the 1980s when he was a medical student at Harvard. His work in Haiti started when he began volunteering at a hospital in the central village of Cange, which would become the location of Zanmi Lasante, Partners in Health's hospital and Haiti’s largest healthcare provider outside of the government. 

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.