Coronavirus Crisis Update: Haiti's "Perfect Storm"

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In this episode, Steve speaks with Dr. Jean William (Bill) Pape, a renowned public health professor and practitioner appointed in late April by Haitian President Moïse to co-chair the country’s Covid-19 response commission. Having combatted HIV/AIDS, cholera, hurricanes, and an earthquake, Bill deems the coronavirus pandemic as the toughest challenge he has seen, a “perfect storm.” Haiti’s extreme challenges are undeniable – deep political divisions, stigma, economic decline, sudden return of Haitians from the Dominican Republic, gangs and insecurity. What is the urgent way forward? And how is it to be executed?

Dr. Jean William Pape is Director of GHESKIO, based in Port au Prince, and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.