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January 27, 2010

Haitian AIDS Group GHESKIO Still Operating After Earthquake

In the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, GHESKIO, an AIDS organization based in Port-au-Prince, continues to provide lifesaving antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to those in need, Agence France-Presse reports.

“It’s a real pleasure for us health workers to see our patients come here despite what has befallen them,” said nurse Naomi Jean-Charles.

GHESKIO (Haitian Group for Studies in Karposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) is one of the first AIDS clinics in the world. The clinic survived the earthquake and has become a refuge site for injured Haitians.

With medication provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Merieux Institute, GHESKIO’s 28 centers have never been forced to interrupt treatment for its approximately 12,000 clients, half of which live in Port-au-Prince. (According to the article, in 2009, fewer than 150,000 Haitians were living with HIV/AIDS, a significant drop from the 1990s.)

Following the quake, GHESKIO used radio broadcasts to remind clients that their treatments were waiting for them, as well as organizing car pools to transport patients to clinics.

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