Excerpt: "The End of Poverty" by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs

My colleague Paul Farmer put those arguments to rest for me, and in some ways, for the world. A professor of medicine at Harvard, and a saint of global health, Paul had been running a clinic in the impoverished central plateau of Haiti since 1985. Using charitable contributions and drug donations from HIV-infected patients whose regimens had changed (leaving the patients with unneeded pills), Paul had begun introducing anti-AIDS drug treatment among his AIDS patients. He was getting marvelous clinical results. In January 2001, he invited my wife and me to his clinic to see the results. We went out to the villages to greet mothers and fathers who had been at death's door, but who were now standing tall with their children. Wherever we went, we were greeted with gracious hospitality by people who would have been dead but for a few pills per day.

Excerpted from THE END OF POVERTY by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Reprinted by arrangement with The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright © Jeffery D. Sachs, 2005.

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