Physician, AIDS Treatment Advocate Paul Farmer Receives 9th Annual Heinz Award for Human Condition
The Heinz Family Foundation has selected Paul Farmer, a Harvard Medical School professor and medical anthropologist who founded the nongovernmental health care organization Partners in Health, as the recipient of its ninth annual Heinz Award for the Human Condition, the Associated Press reports. The award, which was presented at a private ceremony in Washington, D.C., was established in 1993 to honor the memory of Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.) (Schlesinger, Associated Press, 2/11). The foundation said that it chose Farmer "for his pioneering work treating deadly infectious diseases among the world's poorest people," according to a Heinz Awards release (Heinz Awards release, 2/11). Farmer's success in administering HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis treatment regimens in resource-poor settings has "answered critics who had argued that treatment and medication regimens were too complicated for people in developing countries," a foundation release states (Heinz Family Foundation release, 2/11).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.