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outside the GHESKIO clinic in Port au Prince, Haiti

GHESKIO relief in Haiti

The Cornell-affiliated GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince is providing humanitarian aid and emergency care to earthquake victims and continues to provide life-saving medications to people with HIV/AIDS.

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Student consulting firm works to relocate and house quake survivors

Former Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis, left, greets Cornell grad student Frantz Seide, also from Haiti

Former Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis, left, greets Cornell grad student Frantz Seide, also from Haiti

Since the catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake, many residents of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have been forced into crowded, muddy encampments. The survivors now face flooding, inadequate housing and health care, overflowing sewage, and lack of food and clean water.

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Cornell Chronicle: Haitian and Caribbean students join in Haiti fundraising

The Haitian Students Association and the Cornell Caribbean Student Association will hold a joint banquet featuring Haitian cuisine, comedy, dance and music to raise relief funds for Haiti, March 12.

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Hoop it up for Haiti on March 20

hoop it for haiti

The Ithaca YMCA is sponsoring a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 20. Competition is open to youth 10 years old through adult masters with gender and age specific divisions. Registration deadline is March 18.

All proceeds from the event will be given to the YMCA International relief fund for Haiti.

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How Can We Help Haiti's Libraries?

A Discussion with Prof. Patrick Weil, Libraries Without Borders
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in G-10 Biotech

Two months ago, a major earthquake hit Haiti, destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and most infrastructures of the capital, but also a significant portion of this poor country's cultural and educational structures.

Based on the belief that access to knowledge is a key factor in social and economic development, NGOs such as Libraries Without Borders/Bibliothèques Sans Frontières, with the support of many partners, are calling for an international effort to save the collections and to rebuild these cultural institutions. Prof. Patrick Weil will talk about these issues. He is the director of the Center for the Study of Immigration, Integration and Citizenship Policies at the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne, a former Visiting Professor at Yale Law School in 2009, and the co-founder and President of "Bibliothèques Sans Frontières/ Libraries Without Borders."

This event is co-sponsored by the French Studies Program at Cornell, the Cornell Law School, and Cornell University Library.

President Bill Clinton visits GHESKIO

A girl sleeping under an umbrella at GHESKIO Refugee Camp in Port-au-Prince

President Clinton talks with GHESKIO director Dr. Jean Pape

President Bill Clinton visited the GHESKIO clinic Feb. 5 to help begin the process of recovery and reconstruction, and to deliver relief supplies including water, food, approximately 1900 lbs of medical supplies, solar flash lights, portable radios, and generators.

View the GHESKIO photo journal >>

Cornell Chronicle: Help keep Haiti's plight in the forefront and donate, but don't visit, stresses GHESKIO director

Dr. Bill Pape

Dr. Bill Pape

Dr. Jean Pape, director of the GHESKIO Clinic in Haiti, encourages Cornellians to keep Haiti and its plight in the public consciousness and donate what they can, but to refrain from traveling there.

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Dispatch from GHESKIO: Tuberculosis hospital is OPEN

Macarthur Charles, MD, PhD is a Haitian physician and instructor in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College who has worked at GHESKIO since 2005. He is part of the team of physicians, scientists and technicians from GHESKIO, Fondation Mérieux, and Weill Cornell Medical College that established GHESKIO's new tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic laboratory. Read the article >>

Haiti Solidarity Latin Dance Party and Supply Drive, Feb. 6

In conjunction with the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO) and Pastors for Peace, Palante will be collecting medicine, medical supplies, and in-kind aid for Haiti at their Feb. 6 salsa and latin dance party, 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Big Red Barn. Supplies may be dropped off in advance at the Cornell Latino Studies Program office in 434 Rockefeller Hall. more info

Dispatch from Weill Cornell's GHESKIO Clinic in Haiti

A girl sleeping under an umbrella at GHESKIO Refugee Camp in Port-au-Prince

A girl sleeps under an umbrella at GHESKIO Refugee Camp in Port-au-Prince

Weill Cornell Medical College doctors write about how they are coping with the medical needs of thousands at the Cornell-affiliated GHESKIO Clinic in Haiti in the New England Journal of Medicine. read the article

Cornellians mourn Haiti earthquake victims at vigil

Members of Baraka Kwa Wimbo sing in honor of the victims and survivors of the Haiti earthquake

Members of Baraka Kwa Wimbo sing in honor of earthquake victims

At a candlelight vigil Jan. 29 in Sage Chapel, the Cornell community paid tribute to the victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this month. read the article

Give a gift from the heart: Blood drive, Feb. 4

The Cornell Lacrosse Team and the Dream Factory of Central New York, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will hold their fifth annual blood drive, Thursday, Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in G10 Biotech. The event kicks off the 2010 Save the Day campaign. more info

Glimpses of Damage and Current Human Conditions in Haiti, Jan. 29

CEE Professor Ken Hover just returned from a trip to Haiti where he helped evaluate Cornell's three medical clinics for both immediate needs and occupancy, and to inform planning for future rehabilitation. Professor Hover will give a photo review of the damage and human conditions he observed in Port-au-Prince, Jan. 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Hollister B14. more info

Red Cross blood drive at Robert Purcell, Jan. 28

The Cornell Student Society for Public Health and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive to support humanitarian efforts in Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Robert Purcell Community Center. Local inventory of Type O negative blood is currently at an emergency level, so Type O negative individuals are encouraged to donate. more info

Cornell Chronicle: Devastation in Haiti had human causes, too, faculty members say in Jan. 25 panel discussion

Tom O'Rourke speaks about the engineering aspects related to the Haiti earthquake

Tom O'Rourke speaks about the engineering aspects related to the Haiti earthquake

Haiti has long been known to be at risk for a major quake. But the tragedy surrounding this month's earthquake is the result of human failure as much as natural disaster, said Tom O'Rourke and three other geology and engineering faculty members in a panel discussion, adding that there is hope for preventing similar tragedies in the future. read more

Wall Street Journal: Haitian AIDS Clinic Regroups

Article on the work of Weill Cornell's Dr. Jean Pape and the GHESKIO clinic. read the article

Update from GHESKIO, Jan. 26

Dr. Jean Pape writes from the GHESKIO clinic in Port-au-Prince. read his latest update

An Engineer and a Physician

Dr. Ken Hover is a structural engineer and professor at Cornell University who traveled to Haiti to evaluate the stability of medical facilities, including GHESKIO. He travelled alongside Dr. David Michel, a native of Haiti and a resident physician at WCMC New York Presbyterian Hospital. read excerpts from Ken's email update

Hands for Haiti benefit concert, Jan. 30

Featuring: The Hangovers, Juliana Richer Daily, awesomeAwesomes, Everybody's getting laid tonights, The Glowsticking club, The Attic Tones. $7 suggested donation. All proceeds will go to the Weill Cornell Medical College's Global Health Initiative and the GHESKIO clinics. more info

Africana hosts open discussion on the current crisis in Haiti, Jan. 26

A panel of faculty and students will discuss the current crisis in Haiti and the most effective ways to respond on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Africana Studies and Research Center Multipurpose Room. more info

More ways you can help Haiti

Our donations page has been updated to include several more organizations. Thanks to grad student Erica Phillips, who has worked in Haiti, for her recommendations. See how you can help >>

In the heart of Port-au-Prince: GHESKIO relief in Haiti

GHESKIO CENTERS in Port-au-Prince, Haiti was the first institution in the world dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS. GHESKIO has provided continuous medical care in Haiti since 1982 - never once shutting its doors or charging fees.

Since the January 12th, 2010 earthquake, GHESKIO is providing humanitarian assistance and emergency care to those affected by the disaster and continues to provide life-saving medications to people with HIV/AIDS. For the latest updates, please visit:

Symposium on the Science, Engineering, and Social Implications of the Haiti Earthquake, Jan. 25

We can't prevent earthquakes and other natural disasters but with understanding we can prepare for future earthquakes. In this special presentation, Cornell professors discuss how earthquakes work, why the Caribbean region can expect more, how engineering can reduce devastating impacts, and the interplay of geology, poverty, and politics. Monday, Jan. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Philips 101.

  • Rick Allmendinger - Earthquakes of the Caribbean
  • Rowena Lohman - Geophysics of an Earthquake
  • Tom O'Rourke - Engineering for Earthquakes
  • Chris Andronicos - Where plates, politics, and poverty collide

Salsa Dance for Haiti, Feb. 6

Cornell's Sabor Latino Dance Ensemble and Salsa Libre Dance Club will sponsor a Haiti Benefit Salsa Dance at Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room, Feb. 6 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata intro lesson at 8 p.m. Plenty of free food and drink donated for the event. DJ services donated by Cayuga Pro DJ. $5 minimum donation. ALL admissions fees will go to UNICEF/Haiti. For more information, visit

Glee Club to give Haiti Relief Concert, Jan. 26

The Cornell University Glee Club will host a Haiti Relief Concert at Sage Chapel, Jan. 26 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more info and to buy tickets, visit the Glee Club website.

Weill Cornell's Dr. Jean Pape, the founder of GHESKIO, on NBC Nightly News, Jan. 20

Candlelight vigil to be held Thursday, Jan. 28

The Cornell Haitian Students Association will hold a candlelight vigil and memorial service for victims of the earthquake in Haiti on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Sage Chapel.

President Skorton expresses sympathy, concern for the people of Haiti

Skorton: "I write to share the heartfelt sympathy and deepest concern of the entire Cornell community for the people of Haiti, including our students, faculty, staff and their families, as well as our colleagues who have been affected by this disaster. Cornell intends to contribute actively to rebuilding life in Haiti, thanks to the many, many offers of help we have already received from our entire community." more

Weill Cornell Medical College helps Haiti

Our Weill Cornell team is safe, but many of the Haitians are homeless or missing. You can help by donating funds directly to GHESKIO in Haiti. Weill Cornell Medical College will serve as a conduit to transfer funds to GHESKIO for emergency relief efforts. 100% of the funds will go to GHESKIO under the leadership of Dr. Jean Pape. more

University reaches out to Cornell students, staff in Haiti

Five Cornell students and staff members who were in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working at the Weill Cornell-affiliated GHESKIO clinic during the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, were reported safe as of Jan. 14. more

Weill Cornell dean hopes for evacuation of students in Haiti

Antonio M. Gotto Jr. says the students, faculty members and staff working with the WCMC-affiliated GHESKIO clinic in Haiti 'are certainly in our thoughts and our prayers and we're staying in close touch with them.' more