Thursday, January 28, 2010

HIV News From Haiti

The earthquake in Haiti devastated the country, leaving countless dead and with limited resources to help the survivors.

You can help! Your unused ANTIBIOTIC, ANTIRETROVIRAL, AND PROPHYLAXIS medications can save lives in Haiti.

What can I send?
Unexpired Antibiotics, Antiretrovirals, and Prophylaxis medications.

What will you do with it?
AID FOR AIDS International will send these live-saving medications to the earthquake survivors in Haiti, helping to ease the strain on hospitals and saving the lives of people in need of medicine.

What do I do?
- Send your unused, unexpired medications to
AID FOR AIDS International
120 Wall st, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005.

If you are in NYC, go here for a list of drop off centers.

There is also this news via

In the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, GHESKIO, an AIDS organization based in Port-au-Prince, continues to provide lifesaving antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to those in need, Agence France-Presse reports.

GHESKIO (Haitian Group for Studies in Karposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) is one of the first AIDS clinics in the world. The clinic survived the earthquake and has become a refuge site for injured Haitians.

With medication provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Merieux Institute, GHESKIO’s 28 centers have never been forced to interrupt treatment for its approximately 12,000 clients, half of which live in Port-au-Prince. (According to the article, in 2009, fewer than 150,000 Haitians were living with HIV/AIDS, a significant drop from the 1990s.)

Following the quake, GHESKIO used radio broadcasts to remind clients that their treatments were waiting for them, as well as organizing car pools to transport patients to clinics.

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