In DepthVoices of the Pandemic

Looking for the light in Haiti

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Science  14 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6505, pp. 755-756
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6505.755

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For Haitian physician Marie Marcelle Deschamps, COVID-19 is just the latest in a never-ending series of challenges. As the director of a large nonprofit health organization, she was already stretched thin by the struggle to provide medical care in one of the poorest countries on Earth, where political instability, natural disasters, and widespread poverty have all taken their toll. But Deschamps has drawn on her training, including a fellowship in Anthony Fauci's lab at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and her experience as a veteran of Haiti's battle against HIV/AIDS to hit the current pandemic head on—showing in the process why she's an inspiration to many.

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