GHESKIO provides both research training supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center and clinical training supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR, 2003). A Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP, 1989) award to Cornell and an International Clinical, Operational, and Health Services Research Training (ICOHRTA, 2002) award to GHESKIO have developed a cadre of ~80 young research investigators and staff (clinical, lab, pharmacy, data services, and administration) who are now conducting NIH clinical trials.
GHESKIO offers training to a broad array of Haitian health care workers and medical personnel, including medical students, housestaff, social workers, laboratory technicians, nurses, dentists, physicians, staff of the Haitian Red Cross, and investigators interested in research careers. GHESKIO trainees also include community and religious leaders, parents, teachers, and journalists. Short-term training (one week to six months) is offered to support clinical services and research activities at partner organizations in Haiti in support of the national efforts to scale up HIV/AIDS care and prevention services. For example, GHESKIO is the national center for training laboratory technicians how 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 where HIV services are provided.
GHESKIO also 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. About 95% of these trainees remain in Haiti, and many stay at GHESKIO to continue their work.
Health Professional Training
Through the combined efforts of GHESKIO, US universities, and Quisqueya University in Port-au-Prince, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) and a Nurse Practitioner (NP) degree program have been established with 10 MPH degrees and 11 NP degrees conferred to date. This program provides GHESKIO and Haiti with the next generation of clinical investigators.
Training for North American and European Students and Physicians
GHESKIO hosts undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and postdoctoral fellows from North America and Europe for research training. Students are assigned a Haitian mentor and perform behavioral, clinical, public health, or laboratory-based research. Past trainees have published research articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, The American Journal of Public Health, and Clinical Infectious Diseases and presented their research at international conferences.
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