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Haiti's Quake Shifts Clinic's Focus From AIDS to Aid

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Science  29 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5965, pp. 509
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5965.509

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The AIDS clinic called GHESKIO in downtown Port-au-Prince has developed a reputation over the past 25 years as a place that, improbably, provides thousands of Haitians with free care and conducts world-class clinical research. Led by Jean "Bill" Pape, GHESKIO (the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) has continued to function since the 12 January earthquake. The clinic has now become one of the few places where locals can receive emergency care in that part of the devastated city and has converted itself into a hospital with a surgical unit and a makeshift outdoor home for thousands of refugees. On 21 January, Pape responded to questions from Science in an e-mail.