By Fast Company Staff |
Paul Farmer's drive to treat people considered "untreatable" -- too poor, too sick -- has changed the way public health is practiced worldwide, convincing the medical community that destitute villagers in Malawi or prisoners in Russia deserve expensive drugs, well-trained caregivers, and up-to-date facilities. Partners in Health, the not-for-profit he cofounded 24 years ago, now has 13,000 employees (most are locals) and a list of accomplishments that includes success in treating drug-resistant tuberculosis. PIH's latest project: a teaching hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, to train the next generation of Haitian health-care workers and serve 400 patients daily. "The model of the teaching hospital, which links research to teaching and service," Farmer has explained, "is what's missing in global health."