Faculty members, researchers, and students at the Center for Global Health conduct research to address the major health problems plaguing people in under-resourced countries. Investigators determine the severity and root cause of health problems, then design, test, and implement life-saving interventions. In Haiti, for example, the Weill Cornell Medical College in Haiti detected and described the first case of AIDS in a developing country in 1982. They then conducted clinical trials of new HIV prevention strategies and treatments. Thirty-five years later, the HIV prevalence rate of the total population of Haiti has declined from 6 per cent to less than 2 per cent. Seventy per cent of people living with HIV are currently receiving effective treatment.
Education is at the heart of the Center for Global Health, which provides classroom, lab, and field training to students and postdoctoral fellows at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, and international partners. Weill Cornell Medical College's overseas faculty coordinate the teaching and training of international and WCM students, interns, and residents at international sites. The center also supports international scholars studying at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York while continuing research projects in their home countries. Over the past decade, they have 24 physicians from Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania and India who have earned a master's degree in clinical epidemiology from Weill Cornell Medicine.
All their international partners provide health services to the poor in their countries. For example, doctors at Weill Bugando work for an 800-bed referral hospital in western Tanzania, which serves a population of 15 million. In addition to responding to natural disasters and public health emergencies such as earthquakes, hurricanes, cholera epidemics, and anthrax outbreaks, doctors at Weill Cornell Medical College provide clinical training and bedside teaching.