1) Thoughts, observations, questions about readings from one of the course books (panic virus/
mountains beyond mountains/ghost map). How does the reading tie into class material?
Dr. Farmer was right again. He knew that sooner or later the Peruvian government would ease the
restrictions on the treatment of MDR TB by the socios (Farmer and his crew). It still amazes me
how many lives could’ve been saved if only the Peruvian officials had admitted the World Health
Organization lead treatment wasn’t curing many of the patients. It is also still astonishing to me how
far a government will take things in order to stay trusted and in power.
In chapters 16 to 18, most health polices and patents were detrimental to the health of the people
of both Peru and Haiti. Farmer and Kim had “borrowed” ninetytwo thousand dollars in drugs from
the Brigham Hospital. Farmer said that the only drugs available in Haiti have terrible side effects.
The fact that there is no access to good quality drugs in Haiti is probably due to patents, which
increase the cost of drugs. The health policy in Peru denies the existence of MDR TB. A doctor’s
daughter had become resistant to all five of the first line drugs. He was