DGHI Reacts to the Death of Dr. Paul Farmer

Faculty, students and alumni share grief, appreciation at the passing of a global health icon.

Published February 21, 2022 under Around DGHI

Dr. Paul Farmer

The death of Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder of Partners in Health and one of global health's most iconic leaders, has elicited an outpouring of sorrow and admiration from the global health community. Farmer was especially beloved at Duke, his alma mater, where he served as a mentor to many students, faculty and alumni and a guiding force in the formation of the Duke Global Health Institute. 

Farmer had recently reflected on his work and the direction of global health during DGHI’s 2022 Victor J. Dzau Distinguished Lecture in Global Health, which took place on Jan. 26. Speaking in front of students at the University of Global Health Equity In Butaro, Rwanda, which he co-founded with longtime collaborator Agnes Binagwaho, M.D., Ph.D., Farmer emphasized the importance of cultural humility in addressing health inequities. 

"Listen to people and learn to have not just cultural competence, but cultural humility," Farmer said during the event. "And that fosters the kind of understanding that will help us move forward and tackle very big problems."

Duke released this statement from President Vincent Price on Farmer's legacy. Below are a few of the social media tributes from DGHI faculty, students and alumni on Farmer's influence and trailblazing career. 

Duke Faculty and Staff

Students and Alumni

Notable Others