DRAMATICALLY IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH
The Haitian Global Health Alliance provides financial support for Les Centres GHESKIO (guess-key-oh) in Port-au-Prince and its network of clinics throughout Haiti.
Founded in 1982 and directed by HIV pioneers and experts, GHESKIO is the world’s first institution dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS.
Today, GHESKIO is a world-class research, treatment, and training institution that serves more than 600,000 patient visits annually. Life-saving protocols and outstanding patient outcomes at GHESKIO have influenced treatment guidelines around the world and have dramatically improved global health.
Directed by Haitians, for Haitians, GHESKIO provides voluntary HIV counseling and testing; HIV treatment and disease management; maternal-child health and nutrition; tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment, and prevention; cholera treatment and prevention; treatment of sexually transmitted infections; provision of clean water and sanitation; primary education; student scholarships; and many other health and social services.
Serving some of the poorest individuals in Haiti, GHESKIO provides excellent, compassionate treatment and preventative services at no cost to its patients.
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In 1985, GHESKIO opened the first Voluntary Counseling and Testing center in Haiti. As the link between HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, and overall reproductive health became clear, GHESKIO developed a model of comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. Central to the GHESKIO model is the concept that an individual at risk or already infected with HIV should be quickly identified and provided access to a package of services that include voluntary counseling and testing, management of sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis screening and treatment, reproductive health services, HIV care including antiretroviral therapy, and services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
GHESKIO receives over 260,000 patient visits annually. The population served by the two main centers consists of Haiti’s extreme poor and includes those at highest risk for communicable diseases; thus, health care provided by GHESKIO is free of charge, including services and medications. GHESKIO has become one of the largest care centers for AIDS and tuberculosis in the Americas. With its national network of 27 centers, both private and public, GHESKIO provide lifesaving antiretroviral therapy to over one-third of all patients in Haiti. Click here for more detail.
GHESKIO offers training to a broad array of Haitian healthcare workers and medical personnel, including medical students, social workers, laboratory technicians, nurses, physicians, and investigators interested in research careers. GHESKIO trainees also include community health workers.
GHESKIO is the national center for training laboratory technicians to conduct HIV serologic testing, and hundreds of laboratory technicians from across Haiti have trained at GHESKIO. GHESKIO developed national algorithms for the management of sexually transmitted infections and has trained thousands of clinicians in the syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections. GHESKIO trainees can be found in any hospital or health clinic in Haiti in which HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis services are provided.
GHESKIO recruits talented young Haitian investigators for long-term training in Haiti and abroad. Trainees focus on the priority research areas necessary for developing and expanding HIV care and prevention services: HIV vaccines, pediatric and adult antiretroviral therapy, health outcomes of HIV care and prevention, pediatrics and the prevention of mother to child transmission, tuberculosis and other HIV-associated opportunistic infections, ethics, and HIV pathogenesis, immunology, and virology.
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND NURSE PRACTITIONER TRAINING
In collaboration with Quisqueya University Medical School and Weill Cornell Medical College, GHESKIO offers courses towards a master in public health degree (since 2005, the first in the country) and towards a nurse practitioner diploma (since 2009, the first in Haiti). Click here for more detail.
Since then, GHESKIO’s consistent research productivity has been recognized by uninterrupted support from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a MERIT award in 1990, and 20 new or competitive renewal grants. GHESKIO also conducts research with support from the World Health Organization, the French Government’s National Agency for AIDS Research, Fondation Mérieux, MACAIDS, Flora Foundation, and local United Nations Agencies. The scope of work has widened since the 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic to include global health and cholera prevention and care. Given that AIDS patients being treated with antiretroviral therapy are living longer, they are developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. GHESKIO is addressing this new reality by defining risk factors for CVD in Haiti, the number one cause of death in adults in Haiti. Click here for more detail.
Haiti has the highest HIV prevalence in the Carribean
GHESKIO serves almost one third of all people on HIV treatment in Haiti
GHESKIO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Jean William "BILL" Pape
Executive Director, GHESKIO Centers
Dr. Rose Irene Verdier
Chief of Clinics—Regulatory Manager
Dr. Patrice Severe
Mme. Christel Boursiquot
Head of Human Resources
Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps
Dr. Patrice Joseph, MPH
Dr. Vanessa Rouzier
Chief of Pediatrics
KEY GHESKIO PARTNERS
United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
United Nations Fund for Population (UNFP)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Fogarty International Center (FIC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
United States Agency for International
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria
United States Agency for International
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Fondation Haïtienne contre les Maladies
Université Quisqueya, Port-au-Prince
Weill Cornell Medical College
Dartmouth Medical School
Florida International University
Partners In Health (Zanmi La Sante)
Institut Haitien de l’Enfance
Mass Design Group
Analysis Group, Inc.
Partners in Health