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CWTL Crew Q&A: Gregory Cassagnol on HIV/AIDS in Haiti

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What is the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Haiti?
One in twenty Haitians in Haiti is infected with HIV/AIDS. That’s a startling statistic for a developed country in the Western Hemisphere.
What is the prognosis for these HIV positive orphans?
The prognosis is grim for many of the HIV + orphans in Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake, the situation has become signifigantly worse. It’s imperative that something is done before Haiti loses a generation of children to HIV/AIDS.
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November 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

CWTL Crew Q&A: Gregory Cassagnol on why Haiti is important

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Why is Haiti important?
Haiti is important because it’s history, from it’s days as the most profitable of the French colonies in the New World, to it’s historic slave rebellion that birthed a sovereign nation in 1804, on through its current state post the 2010 earthquake; reflects the indomidable will of a people fighting social ills and constant tumult all while mantaining a strong sense of humanity and culture.

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October 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

CWTL Crew Q&A: Gregory Cassagnol on the challenges of fundraising for a documentary

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How have you raised funds? Describe your methods and why you chose that methodology.
Our team has self financed production and has raised funds through local fundraising initiatives.
Why Indie Go Go?
Indie Go Go provides the platform for us to reach the individuals that care about stories like ours and see the value of producing this type of dialogue on the broadest stage possible. We need forward thinking and socially responsible people to support us. Indie Go Go helps us reach that group.

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October 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

CWTL Crew Q&A: Gregory Cassagnol on producing a documentary in Haiti

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What are some of the difficulties that you’ve faced during production?
I think the biggest obstacle that we’ve faced so far is managing the logistics of production within the many layers of Administration within the Haitian government that a group like ours must maneuver while attempting to tell our story. It’s been a challenge and will continue to be when dealing with such sensitive subject matter.

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October 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

HIV/AIDS in Haiti: the big picture

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Here’s a map of the world that shows the prevalence of adults with HIV from country to country. It’s very interesting to see that Haiti has the second highest prevalance rate on the index. Such a small country, such a huge problem. Join the Conversation.

– Gregory Cassagnol

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October 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

Not Necessarily a Death Sentence

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Being HIV+ in Haiti doesn’t necessarily equate to a death sentence. Sure, resources are scarce and the public health care system leaves much to be desired, but there is hope. The will to live exhibited by the afflicted, the dedication of the health workers and physicians fighting the spread of the disease, and the desire for drastic change carried by Haitians and Haitian Americans all over the world; form the beginnings of a framework that can potentially reverse the trend of increasing HIV infections in Haiti.

There have been great strides made in the past decade and it’s imperative that the international community retain it’s focus on Haiti and speed up the rebuilding process. The momentum that was building pre-earthquake needs to be kickstarted again. It’s the biggest hope that Haiti has.

– Gregory Cassagnol

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October 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

CWTL Crew Q&A: Gregory Cassagnol on why HIV/AIDS and Haiti are important

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Why was this subject important to you?
I grew up in New York City as a teenager and young adult when HIV/AIDS made it’s first blip on the Nation’s consciousness. I saw and felt first hand the effects of the stigmas attached to Haitians and their connections to this new and deadly virus. I had family and friends in the community that lost loved ones to HIV/AIDS. My attachment to the subject matter was very personal.

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October 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm