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U.S. president Bill Clinton, who is now the U.N. special envoy to
Haiti, announced the appointment Tuesday of Harvard professor Paul
Farmer, a pioneer in community health treatment for the world's poor,
as his deputy.
Farmer, a medical anthropologist and physician, is a founding
director of Partners In Health, an international nonprofit organization
that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and
advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in
poverty. He began working in Haiti in 1983 while still a student to
bring modern health care to the Western hemisphere's most impoverished
"Paul's selfless commitment to building health systems in the poor
Haitian communities over the last 20 years has given millions of people
hope for a brighter future for Haiti," Clinton said in a statement.
"His credibility both among the people of Haiti and in the
international community will be a tremendous asset to our efforts as we
work with the government and people of Haiti to improve health care,
strengthen education, and create economic opportunity. "
Farmer said he was honored to be the U.N. deputy special envoy to
Haiti and looked forward to continuing his work with Clinton and the
Haitian government and people "as they implement their plans for a
Haitian President Rene Preval called Farmer "a good friend to the Haitian people for many years."
"I look forward to working with president Clinton, Dr. Farmer, and
all friends of Haiti on our efforts to create new jobs, strengthen
essential services, build infrastructure, and enhance the prosperity of
all Haitian households," Preval said in a statement.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Clinton's appointment in
May to help the impoverished nation achieve some measure of stability
after devastating floods and other crises.
Clinton is working trying to encourage international investment in
Haiti and ensure that the world delivers on a $335 million pledge made
at a donor conference in Washington after four devastating tropical
storms killed some 800 people last fall, causing some $1 billion in
Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University where he is
a professor of social medicine, chair of the Department of Global
Health and Social Medicine, and chief of the Division of Global Health
Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital.