Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS in Haiti: Epidemiology, Prevention and Care

  • Serena Koenig
  • Fernet Leandre
  • Dan Fitzgerald
  • Paul Farmer
  • Joia Mukherjee
  • Warren Johnson
  • Jean William Pape


Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world, ranking 154/177 on the human development index (UNDP, 2006). Decades of political instability have contributed to worsening poverty and deteriorating health conditions, leaving Haiti with the worst health statistics in the hemisphere. Life expectancy is less than 52 years, 65% of Haitians live in extreme poverty, the annual per capita health expenditure is a mere 8 USD, and there is just one physician for every 10,000 people (World Bank, 2004).

The history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Haiti is closely linked to that of the United States (U.S.), as these were the two countries where the syndrome of acquired immune deficiency (AIDS) was first recognized. For Haiti, the history of HIV/AIDS represents stigma, discrimination, and racism at the hands of the scientific community, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serena Koenig
    • 1
  • Fernet Leandre
    • 2
  • Dan Fitzgerald
    • 3
  • Paul Farmer
    • 4
  • Joia Mukherjee
    • 5
  • Warren Johnson
    • 6
  • Jean William Pape
    • 7
  1. 1.Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Partners in HealthHaiti
  3. 3.Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Brigham and Women’s Hospital BostonBoston
  5. 5.Brigham and Women’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA
  6. 6.Weill Cornell Medical College New YorkNew YorkUSA
  7. 7.GHESKIO CentersHaiti

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