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GHEISKO co-founder soldiers on to bring ‘light, joy’ through healthcare in Haiti

NEW YORK — When Jack DeHovitz turned on the TV on Jan. 13, 2010,  he was shocked to see the footage of the earthquake that had devastated Port-au-Prince, a city where he had visited frequently.

He was also shocked to see his former colleague, Marie-Marcelle Deschamps, front-and-center with the interviewer, speaking about how she planned to help people impacted by the disaster.

“She takes on whatever challenges emerge in Haiti,” says DeHovitz, a professor of medicine at SUNY Downstate Health Science University. “I’ll never forget when I saw her on NBC News, providing real leadership in terms of responding to that earthquake.”


With cholera experiencing a resurgence in Haiti, Deschamps stays at the forefront of working to help the population on a grassroots level.

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