January 27, 2010
On his MSNBC.com blog, NBC Chief Science and Health Correspondent Robert Bazell has made a plea for financial donations to the Haitian AIDS support group Gheskio. Since Haiti's devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, Gheskio has been "providing food, water, shelter, and medical care for thousands," Bazell wrote. "When the organization began, Haitians were suffering intense discrimination around the world because of AIDS. In Haiti itself under the Duvalier government, it was literally a crime to mention the word 'AIDS.' But these doctors carried on, and recently they have been giving out HIV therapy to tens of thousands. Amazingly immediately after the earthquake, they were able to resume giving medications to about 80 percent of those patients on top of all the other challenges they face," according to Bazell. To read updates about Gheskio's response to the disaster, visit http://weill.cornell.edu/globalhealth/.