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Jim Kim: World Bank President, Astronaut Rapper

I’ll admit it, I’m a biased, pro-Jim Kim groupie.

Ever since I sat in on a Harvard class with Kim and Paul Farmer in which they recounted stories about treating people with drug resistant tuberculosis in Peru and in Russian prisons, the historical factors driving HIV/AIDS in Haiti in those early years, the gritty mechanics of health care delivery and the deep connections between poverty and disease, I’ve been awed by their incredible dedication to the idea that health is a human right. It’s impossible not to be.

So it’s pretty cool that Kim was elected Monday as the World Bank’s next president.

But Kim does have a lighter side: See him as a rapping astronaut here on YouTube.

Here’s more on his global health accomplishments from the folks at Partners In Health, the international health non-profit Kim co-founded 25 years ago:

“I can think of no one better able than Jim to help families, communities, and entire nations break out of poverty, which is the mandate of the World Bank,” said PIH co-founder and Harvard University Professor, Dr. Paul Farmer.

As a physician and medical anthropologist, Dr. Kim’s mission to serve the poor has led him from Haiti to Peru to Lesotho and beyond for nearly three decades. He and Paul Farmer met as medical students at Harvard and joined with Ophelia Dahl, Thomas J. White, and Todd McCormack in 1987 to found Partners In Health. Continue reading