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The Haiti research-based model of international public health collaboration: the GHESKIO Centers

Pape JW, Severe P, Fitzgerald D, Deschamps MM, Joseph P, Riviere C, Rouzier V, Johnson WD Jr

JAIDS 2014; 65(1): S5-S9


For 3 decades, GHESKIO (the Groupe Haitien d’Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes), the Haitian Ministry of Health, and Weill Cornell have pursued a tripartite mission of service, training, and translational research. The initial focus was on AIDS and tuberculosis. The mission has expanded to include the local community and now provides maternal-child health, family planning, cancer prevention and treatment, immunizations (including human papillomavirus, cholera), and primary education through vocational and microcredit programs. Outcome measures include a reduction in HIV prevalence from 6.2% to the current 2.2%, extensive tuberculosis and cholera prevention and treatment programs, and national training programs for biomedical and community health workers.

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