Fevers, feuds and diamonds


Peter Drobac interviewed the late Paul Farmer during the Covid-19 pandemic and explored the lessons we can learn from Paul Farmer’s phenomenal new book, Fevers, feuds and diamonds: Ebola and the ravages of history.

They reflected on how these lessons could help us to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and discussed how inequality and exploitation fuelled the spread of a deadly virus and how we might finally learn from history, in order to build a healthier, more equitable world.

Dr. Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., was the Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

He was also the Co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organisation that, on behalf of the sick and poor, has provided direct health care services and conducted research and advocacy activities since 1987. Alongside his PIH colleagues Farmer developed new, community-based treatment methods that illustrate the delivery in resource-poor settings of high quality health care. Together they received the prestigious Hilton Humanitarian Prize award in 2005. Besides being an internationally renowned doctor and anthropologist, Paul was an author who wrote extensively on health, human rights and the implications of social injustice. He passed away in February 2022 in Rwanda. 

Read more about Paul in Time.

Introduction by

Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance, Said Business School


Peter DrobacDirector of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School


The late Dr. Paul Farmer, Harvard Medical School, Partners in Health, health and human rights author. He also starred in the Netflix documentary, Bending the Arc.