UN chief appoints special advisor on Haiti

December 29, 2012 8:59 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 29 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday appointed Paul Farmer from the United States as his special advisor for an initiative to help eliminate cholera in Haiti.

"Further to the announcement of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon at the launch of the initiative for the elimination of cholera in Haiti on 11 December 2012, the secretary-general has appointed Dr. Paul Farmer (USA) as his Special Advisor for Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti," said a statement issued here by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary- general.

Prior to Farmer's new appointment, he served as the Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti from 2009 to 2012.

"As Special Advisor, Dr. Farmer will work closely with all key partners to help galvanize support for the elimination of cholera in Haiti," said the statement. The advisor would also "use the data gathered from the Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti to advise on lessons learned and how those can be applied in Haiti and other settings."

Farmer's previous experience includes his work at Harvard University as the 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.

The special advisor is also a founding director of Partners in Health, an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. (PNA/Xinhua)

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