Weill Cornell Global Health

The GHESKIO Vocational School is Open for Students

April 27, 2011 4:11 PM

The Ecole Vocationnelle GHESKIO (GHESKIO Vocational School) has enrolled its first class of 200 trainees from tent cities in Port au Prince. One of GHESKIO's goals for building back a stronger, healthier community in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake has been to support young adults who are unemployed. At least 65% of people in GHESKIO's refugee camp have no income. A workforce development program has been successfully launched at GHESKIO with support from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

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WCMC Student Presents HPV Research at Boston Conference

March 1, 2011 3:03 PM

Katharine Boyle (MD'12) presented a poster at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, Massachusetts this past week. She was awarded a Young Investigator Award for research she conducted on cervical HPV and dysplasia in HIV infected women in collaboration with investigators from the GHESKIO Center in Haiti in 2008-2009.

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GHESKIO: One Year Later

January 12, 2011 11:14 AM

It has been one year since the January 12, 2010 earthquake that killed 316,000 people and left 1.6 million homeless in Haiti. Today, the magnitude of the disaster is still very evident and there remains much to be done, but reflecting on the past year reminds us how much we have achieved. The indefatigable staff at GHESKIO has made real progress in providing solid support for the local community as we rebuild.

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January 9, 2011 Cholera Update

January 8, 2011 12:36 PM

As of January 1, 2011, the Ministère de la santé publique et de la population (MSPP) reported 3,651 deaths due to the cholera epidemic and 171,304 infections nationwide. Over the last two months GHESKIO's two cholera treatment centers have treated 1,348 patients for cholera. In the last week alone, we received over 200 patients.

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December 30, 2010 Cholera Update

December 30, 2010 10:04 AM

Since the first case of cholera was reported on October 21, 2010, more than 130,000 people have been hospitalized for emergency care and 2,700 people have died in the epidemic. Cholera has spread to all 10 departments, including the capital city of Port au Prince

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November 30, 2010 Cholera Update

November 30, 2010 12:32 PM

The cholera epidemic is gaining strength in Port au Prince and cases have been documented in most slums and two tent cities. To date, Haiti has 60,000 cases and 26,000 hospitalizations, and almost 2,000 deaths.

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Music and Medicine Students Play Tribute to Haiti

November 25, 2010 4:07 PM

"Life, as we had known it, will never be the same," he recalled. Dr. Severe recently recounted those haunting moments following the earthquake to students and the public at "A Tribute to Haiti," an event held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at The Juilliard School to celebrate Haitian culture and honor the efforts of Weill Cornell Medical College's GHESKIO clinic.

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Cholera in Haiti

October 29, 2010 10:38 AM

From Dr. Jean William Pape, Director of GHESKIO: As of October 27, 2010 there have been 4,000 cases of cholera in Haiti and over 300 deaths. Two days ago, cases were reported in Arcahaie, and Cabaret indicating that the epidemic is moving towards the Port-au-Prince area.

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Jean Pape Receives Clinton Global Citizen Award

October 1, 2010 12:06 PM

Dr. Jean Pape, founder and director of GHESKIO in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, received a Clinton Global Citizen Award from former President Bill Clinton during a ceremony in New York City on Thursday, Sept 23

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2010 Gates Award Video

September 29, 2010 3:11 PM

GHESKIO, Weill Cornell's partner in Haiti, is honored with the 2010 Gates Award for Global Health. This 10 minute video highlights the history and some of the work that GHESKIO does in Port-au-Prince.

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WHO Changes HIV Treatment Guidelines Based on GHESKIO/ WCMC Study

September 10, 2010 3:52 PM

Prompted by clinical research into the early initiation of antiretroviral therapies for HIV performed at the GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its treatment protocols for HIV patients.

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HIV and Haiti After the Earthquake: Satellite Session of the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria

July 22, 2010 11:16 AM

Haiti and HIV after the Earthquake Part 1 from Stefan Wurmitzer on Vimeo.

Haiti and HIV after the Earthquake Part 2 from Hertha Braun on Vimeo.

GHESKIO: Six Months Later

July 12, 2010 8:27 PM

Within 24 hours of the Haiti earthquake, GHESKIO was providing care to its established cohort of HIV patients and emergency services to earthquake victims. Weill Cornell Medical College has been affiliated with GHESKIO for thirty years. Weill-Cornell has received donations in support of GHESKIO from over 3,000 supporters ranging from school children to major foundations. We thank you all. Your donations have allowed GHESKIO clinicians to provide care to refugees and trauma patients, to diagnose and treat patients with tuberculosis and to continue HIV services.

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NIH Director Recognizes GHESKIO

June 18, 2010 10:55 AM

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today presented its prestigious $1 million Gates Award for Global Health to a Haitian organization devoted to HIV/AIDS. GHESKIO--known for the French acronym of Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections--is being recognized for ...

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May 17, 2010 5:17 PM

GENEVA, Switzerland - GHESKIO, an institution in Haiti founded nearly three decades ago to fight a mysterious killer disease later identified as AIDS, has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Gates Award for Global Health for its years of ground-breaking clinical service, research, and training to treat effectively and prevent the spread of the HIV/AIDS and other related illnesses, the Global Health Council announced today.

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Haiti Update

May 3, 2010 10:03 AM

We have moved all ~7,000 people in the "GHESKIO Tent City" to higher ground in just three days. This required tremendous effort by members of the community, GHESKIO staff, the Haitian police, US military, and UN agencies. The new site was prepared with gravel, sand, and irrigation canals so that the ground would stay dry in the rainy season. It is only 100 meters from GHESKIO but is about 5 meters higher - well above sea level.

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Update from GHESKIO

March 22, 2010 12:15 PM

After the earthquake, GHESKIO quickly implemented high-impact health interventions for approximately 7,000 homeless people camped on its campus in downtown Port-au-Prince. We provided emergency surgery and rehabilitation care to 3,000 trauma victims, scaled-up tuberculosis screening and treatment for 2,000 patients, and continued HIV services for 22,000 patients. To make these services available, GHESKIO partnered with the Haitian Government and private institutions...

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GHESKIO Activities Update

March 8, 2010 11:44 AM

We are providing food, clean water, and primary health care to the 6,000 homeless people camped on the GHESKIO compound. Everyone now has a tent. As the rainy season approaches, we are looking to move everyone to higher ground on an open field across the street from GHESKIO.

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Mother And Son Reunited At Last

March 1, 2010 11:16 AM


(left to right) Vanessa Rouzier, MD, Ms. Eclane Noel, Kervins Noel, and Claudia Riche, RN


Wall Street Journal- "The baby, his left leg amputated, arrived by helicopter at a hospital in northern Haiti early this month with a wristband that simply said "Boy." The staff there called him "Jean Pierre." On Thursday, he became Kervins Noel again, after he was flown back here by the International Committee of the Red Cross. His mother, Eclane Noel, tearfully greeted her 2-year-old son, ending more than a month of separation..."

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Wall Street Journal- "Haitian Mother Awaits a Reunion"

February 25, 2010 1:18 PM

Two weeks ago, Eclane Noel hobbled up on crutches to a temporary hospital here, carrying a photo of her two-year-old son. "Is my baby here?" she asked...

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Wall Street Journal- "Emergency Doctors Leave Haiti"

February 24, 2010 11:24 AM

Doctors here are bracing for another onslaught of patients, as emergency workers leave the country and thousands of surgeries done after the January 12 earthquake need to be redone...

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Update #3 to the New England Journal of Medicine

February 17, 2010 5:36 PM

During the past 4 weeks, the 80-member DHHS team has seen more than 2500 patients, 40% of them less than 18 years of age. The surgeons have performed 278 major surgeries; the most common included placement of external fixators to stabilize fractures, débridement of necrotizing soft-tissue infections...

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GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital is Open

February 16, 2010 6:18 PM

Dispatch from GHESKIO physician, Dr. Macarthur Charles

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Dr. Pape's 2nd Update to the New England Journal of Medicine

February 12, 2010 8:06 PM

The first phase of the disaster in Haiti is now ending, with hundreds of thousands of people having died from trauma. But the second phase promises to be as cruel as the first, with deaths due to exposure, starvation, and infectious diseases. Millions of Haitians are homeless and have no food, clean water, sanitation, or primary health care. And the rainy season is coming...

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Thanks to Dr. Henri Ford

February 9, 2010 11:31 AM

 Ten days after the earthquake, an "angel" appeared at the GHESKIO Field Hospital - Dr. Henri Ford. Dr. Ford was born in Port-au-Prince, several blocks from where GHESKIO stands.  He was trained in surgery at The New York Presbyterian Hospital (Weill-Cornell) and is currently the Chief of Surgery at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital (Keck/USC).  He was invaluable during his several week stay as one who understood Haiti and served both as a skilled surgeon and as a bridge between the United States and Haitian medical teams. 

Dr. Henri Ford (seated), Chief of Surgery, Children's Hospital (LA) and Vice Dean at the Keck School of Medicine (USC). Dr. Ford, working with the Health and Human Services field hospital at GHESKIO, describes the rescue and injuries of a 31 year old Haitian man rescued after 14 days buried under rubble. Also pictured, Dr. Peter Wright (left), Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps, and a volunteer.


President Bill Clinton Visits GHESKIO

February 5, 2010 5:00 PM

Today former President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, is visiting GHESKIO to help begin the process of recovery and reconstruction, and to deliver relief supplies including water, food, approximately 1900 lbs of medical supplies, solar flash lights, portable radios, and generators. He will discuss with Dr. Pape and his team how to “ensure assistance continues to be effective, coordinated, and sustained in the weeks and months to come.” This is Bill Clinton’s second trip to Haiti since the earthquake.

Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps, Senior GHESKIO physician, President Bill Clinton, and Dr. Jean Pape, GHESKIO director


NBC's Bob Bazell Returns to GHESKIO to Report on Emerging Health Concerns

February 4, 2010 10:00 AM

Three weeks after the earthquake, Dr. Paul Leger of GHESKIO is fighting to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like typhoid, diarrhea, and tuberculosis, which arise from poor sanitation and lack of clean water.

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February 3, 2010 5:59 PM

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Dispatch from Dr. Warren Johnson (continued)

February 2, 2010 5:32 PM

Written January 29, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Dispatch from Dr. Warren Johnson

February 1, 2010 7:04 PM

Dr. Warren Johnson is the Director of the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medical College

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View the New GHESKIO Photojournal

January 30, 2010 11:34 AM

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Dr. Pape Dispatch in New England Journal of Medicine

January 28, 2010 10:26 AM

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Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps Reports on Care for Pregnant Women

January 27, 2010 1:05 PM

Since joining GHESKIO in 1983, Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deshamps has been a steadfast advocate for the women and children of Haiti. She has also received international recognition for her contributions to HIV/AIDS care. Dr Deschamps provides this update from Port-au-Prince.

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GHESKIO Featured in Wall Street Journal

January 27, 2010 9:34 AM

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NBC's Bob Bazell Blogs about GHESKIO

January 26, 2010 11:16 AM

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Update from GHESKIO

January 26, 2010 10:36 AM

Tuesday, January 26: 8 a.m. from Dr Jean Pape

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Report from Dr. Ken Hover on GHESKIO

January 25, 2010 12:44 PM

Dr. Ken Hover, Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, continues to evaluate buildings at GHESKIO. Excerpts from an email from Dr. Hover's wife, Deb:

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An Engineer and a Physician

January 23, 2010 3:53 PM

Excerpts from an email by Structural Engineer, Dr. Ken Hover

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AIDS Care Continues

January 21, 2010 5:42 PM

In addition to supporting a field surgical hospital and a refugee camp for thousands of earthquake victims, GHESKIO continues to provide life-saving medications to thousands of AIDS patients.

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Hope for the Future

January 21, 2010 5:36 PM

Robert Bazell: Do you feel...an obligation as a physician, hippocratic oath and all that, that people come to you and they need things you have to give it to them?...Not every Haitian gets that kind of attention.

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Dr. Pape on NBC Evening News

January 20, 2010 8:08 PM

A more focused Q&A with Dr. Jean William Pape:

Refugee Care

January 20, 2010 6:38 PM

The refugee population at GHESKIO continues to grow―as do the challenges GHESKIO faces delivering food and water and medical care to the thousands camped here.

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6.1-Magnitude Aftershock

January 20, 2010 6:35 PM

The strongest aftershock to date hit Haiti this morning.

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Structural Damage at GHESKIO

January 20, 2010 6:17 PM

A call from Dr. Pape two days ago indicated that "a structural engineer will be worth more than a dozen doctors at this time.

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10 Ways Your Donations Are Helping

January 14, 2010 9:40 AM

1. Fuel for generators and ambulances
2. Solar powered light poles to manage 5000-member refugees

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January 13, 2010 2:43 PM

GHESKIO on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps, senior physician at GHESKIO, speaks about the situation at the clinic.

Haitian AIDS Clinic Still Standing
The Scientist on Dr. Bill Pape

More Misery Ahead for Haitians (Podcast)
National Public Radio

Haiti's Immediate and Longer-Term Health Crises
Wall-Street Journal Blog

JimCarrey tweets on helping GHESKIO! (@JimCarrey)


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