Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World Part III, Chapter 19 Summary and Analysis

Tracy Kidder

Part III, Chapter 19 Summary and Analysis

International health organizations used a process called "cost-effectiveness analysis" to evaluate proposed public health projects. They judged how much something would cost and then how effective it would be. These estimates were compared to other proposed projects to decide what to fund. The project to treat MDR in Peru challenged this model. It suggested that the World Health Organization's facts were incorrect but also that how it was thinking about projects was wrong. Jim Kim led PIH's efforts here.

Kim had been born in Korea, but was raised in Iowa. His family was one of only a few Asian families in Muscatine, and Jim was isolated as a result. He went to the University of Iowa, then to...

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