Wall Street Journal (01.13.10) - Thursday, January 14, 2010
While doctors and aid organizations scramble to cope with the
immediate needs of those severely injured by Haiti's
devastating earthquake, longer-term public health problems
will likely remain.
Warren Johnson, an infectious-disease specialist at Weill-
Cornell Medical College in New York, serves on the board of
Gheskio, an AIDS treatment center based out of Port-au-Prince.
Both of the center's two main facilities sustained severe
damage in the quake, he said. With roads nearly impassable,
Gheskio patients with HIV/AIDS and/or TB may not be able to
get their medicine, he fears.
"We treat 500 people with tuberculosis at Gheskio," said
Johnson. "Most of them also have AIDS. Now they don't have
food, they don't have water, they don't have TB medications."
Doctors Without Borders runs three health care facilities in
Port-au-Prince; all now are out of commission. DWB is treating
patients in temporary outdoor areas, but the "best we can
offer is first-aid care and stabilization," said its Haiti