The Haiti research-based model of international public health collaboration: the GHESKIO Centers

J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Jan 1;65 Suppl 1(0 1):S5-9. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000031.


For 3 decades, GHESKIO (the Groupe Haitien d'Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes), the Haitian Ministry of Health, and Weill Cornell have pursued a tripartite mission of service, training, and translational research. The initial focus was on AIDS and tuberculosis. The mission has expanded to include the local community and now provides maternal-child health, family planning, cancer prevention and treatment, immunizations (including human papillomavirus, cholera), and primary education through vocational and microcredit programs. Outcome measures include a reduction in HIV prevalence from 6.2% to the current 2.2%, extensive tuberculosis and cholera prevention and treatment programs, and national training programs for biomedical and community health workers.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / history
  • Cholera / drug therapy
  • Cholera / prevention & control*
  • Community Health Services / history
  • Delivery of Health Care / history
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends
  • HIV Infections / complications
  • HIV Infections / history
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Haiti
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation* / history
  • Tuberculosis / complications
  • Tuberculosis / history
  • Tuberculosis / therapy*