Marie-Marcelle Deschamps

Marie-Marcelle Deschamps, MD, is the deputy director and cofounder of GHESKIO centers. She is the head of the women's health program and the operational manager of the clinical research unit that includes the laboratory, data management, pharmacy, regulatory and quality management, administration, and finance. Her research has focused on women's health issues and on HIV/AIDS in Haitian women; she is author of dozens peer-reviewed publications on clinical and interventional studies of HIV and its coinfections. Deschamps is a graduate of the University of Haiti (MD, 1979). She received postgraduate training in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Health (NIH)/NIAID in Bethesda, Maryland (1982) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia (1984).  Among her many honors for her contributions to AIDS care and research are the Legion of Merit from President Jacques Chirac (2004), Le Haiti Tresor National Vivant (2008), the Gates Foundation Award for Global Health (2010), Lifetime Contributions for the People of Haiti award from the Haitian Global Health Alliance (2022). Dr. Deschamps was a finalist for the 2023 United States Institute of Peace Women Building Peace Award. 


Why I Stay: Haiti's Fight for Health Care

GHESKIO, a long-standing health organization, continues the battle to provide care amid disasters and violence in Haiti