Major GHESKIO Training Programs
AIDS International Training and Research Program (1988-2008)
Since the beginning of the program, GHESKIO has mentored more than fifty Haitian long-term trainees. Funding is from the Fogarty International Center, and GHESKIO’s support was competitively renewed in 2003. The initial focus of the grant was to provide short-term, high-impact training in epidemiology and laboratory techniques to rapidly characterize the epidemiology of HIV. Over time, as the AIDS epidemic matured and the needs of our collaborators changed, the focus has shifted to long-term training with an emphasis on interventions for both the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and associated co-infections.
The Fondation Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory Training Program (2001 – present)
The Fondation Rodolphe Mérieux was established in the memory of Rodolphe Mérieux, who died tragically in the 1996 TWA Flight 800 accident. The French foundation has been an important supporter of GHESKIO’s service, research, and training agenda since the program’s inception. The focus has been on strengthening GHESKIO’s laboratory capacity through the purchase of laboratory equipment and support for a full time laboratory specialist from Europe to live in Haiti and provide training to local laboratory staff.
The International Training and Education Center on HIV (I-TECH) (2003 – present)
With support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, I-TECH leads a consortium of international and domestic partners with expertise in diverse areas of HIV/AIDS planning, clinical care, training, and support. The I-TECH program supports clinical and laboratory faculty members from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University to work in Haiti.
International Clinical, Operational, and Health Service Research Training Program (2004 – 2009)
The goal of this training program is to increase capacity in integrated clinical, operational, and health services research in support of Haiti’s national scale-up of HIV prevention and care services. Support is from the Fogarty International Center. GHESKIO, in collaboration with Haitian and international partners, will develop short and long term training curriculum in clinical, operational, and health services research methodology. A Masters in Public Health Program offered in Haiti in collaboration with Quisqueya University will be the culmination of this curriculum development.