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. 

In the book “Mountains Beyond Mountains” about Farmer, he said he started the hospital after becoming increasingly frustrated that facilities throughout the country were turning away patients who had low or no income. 

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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.