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Toward that end, Berthaud and his physician colleagues at Vanderbilt—David Haas, M.D., and Catherine McGowan, M.D.—are helping to establish an International AIDS Clinical Trial Unit in Port-au-Prince. “You have to be able to measure what you’re doing,” Wright explains. “Without a lot of training of physicians and education of the people, it won’t make sense to just spread out some anti-retroviral drugs.”
Over the years, GHESKIO has fostered a strong sense of trust and loyalty among Port-au-Prince residents, many of whom live in tin-roofed shacks without plumbing or electricity. GHESKIO patients are enrolling in clinical trials, and healthy subjects are signing up for tests of a candidate HIV vaccine.
Continued support from the United States is crucial, Pape says. Added GHESKIO patient Nicole Marcelin in 2004: “Remember what is on the dollar bill—‘In God We Trust.’ It means (Americans)… will help people who are living with the virus. When they help them, they also help themselves.”