Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This is a super inspiring and edifying book. It is about a physician, Paul Farmer M.D., and his work in Haiti and other poverty-stricken areas of the world. His organization, Partners in Health (PIH), has been a huge vehicle in delivering health care to the people of Haiti since the earthquake.

Farmer argues that poverty and health care are intricately intertwined and one cannot improve without the other. He attempts innovative ways to address the challenges of poverty and the delivery of health care to the world's poor. He describes himself as "a poor people's doctor."

Mountains Beyond Mountains has helped me understand better the current challenges of rebuilding and healing Haiti. It also has given me ideas of how my husband and I will someday be involved in international healthcare, (as soon as our kids are old enough to accompany us to third-world countries...).

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