GHESKIO’s three-part mission includes clinical service, training, and research in HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Founded in 1982 and directed by HIV pioneers and experts, GHESKIO is recognized by many to be the world’s first institution dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS.
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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.