NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Honoree Dr. Marie-Marcelle Deschamps (4th L) and guests attend Haitian Global Health Alliance Benefits Young Women and Girls In Haiti at Christopher Peacock Gallery on November 04, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Haitian Global Health Alliance in Support of GHESKIO)

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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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.