Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis to host second annual GHESKIO fundraiser in Cannes

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Actor and Goodwill Ambassador for Haiti Jimmy Jean-Louis is set to host the second annual GHESKIO fundraiser in Cannes. GHESKIO, the world-renowned health, social services and HIV/TB research center in Haiti, will team up with sponsor Alta Global Media for this special event. The fundraiser will take place on Sunday May 22, 2022 at the Carlton Beach Club in Cannes during the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The event will pay tribute to the filmmakers and feature a special performance by the actor and singer Gary Dourdan who is currently on tour in Europe.

The honorary president’s committee includes the actor Matt Bomer (The Boys in the Band), broadcast journalist and political commentator AndersonCooperfamed French opera singer Nathalie Dessay, Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming, and Port-au-Prince band RAM Haiti.

Since 1982, GHESKIO has provided health care and social support services to hundreds of thousands of Haitians, all free of charge. GHESKIO’s groundbreaking research has influenced World Health Organization treatment guidelines.

Fundraising will also include a Silent Auction featuring a Grand African Safari presented by the Kenyan Government and KICC Kenya, and special gift bags from the DPA Cannes Gift Suite with reputable brands such as Takanome Sake, Kogao Magician, Lothantique, Naked Sundays and Fazup. . Arabian Camels will also be auctioning off one of its unrevealed Antara Movie NFT films in support of the Gheskio Foundation. NFT holders will have the option to roleplay, receive Producer Credits, or visit the Epic Antara Swords and Sandals set.

Ticket packages for the GHESKIO Cannes fundraiser are currently available and can be purchased by visiting:

Jimmy Jean-Louis commented: “As we celebrate the 75th edition of Cannes, I think it’s also important to continue to focus on organizations that are dedicated to solving issues that can impact everyone. between us. I am very happy to continue highlighting the incredible work that Gheskio has been doing for 30 years”.

Scott MorganExecutive Director of the Haitian Alliance for Global Health in support of GHESKIO said, “GHESKIO is extremely grateful for the leadership and generosity of Mr. Jean-Louis in raising awareness and funding for our organization. GHESKIO continues to serve patients at no cost despite the challenges facing Haiti. Last year, more than 100,000 patients were treated for illnesses, received medicine, benefited from vocational training and microfinance to get out of poverty and much more. Our research continues to influence guidelines around the world. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to be in Cannes once again.”

GHESKIO and Alta Global Media are multi-year partners for the annual fundraiser.

Last year GHESKIO appointed Jean-Louis as its Ambassador. Jean-Louis has made it his mission with GHESKIO to increase the visibility of medical, social and economic needs in Haiti and raise awareness of how GHESKIO is working to meet them.

Jimmy Jean-Louis is in the fast lane. He has just secured a lead opposite Prithviraj Sukumaran in the feature film Goat Days directed by India’s top director Blessy. The film, based on a bestselling novel of the same name by Benyamin, was shot in Algeria. Jordan and India. He also has a starring role in the upcoming Assassins Club, opposite Henry Golding, Daniela Melchior, Sam Neil and member of the Jury of the Cannes Film Festival 2022 Noomi Rapace.

Jean-Louis began his career as a dancer and model in Europe and South Africa. Now based in Los Angeles, he’s an award-winning producer and actor with a long list of credits, including the highly acclaimed Rattlesnakes, the NBC hit Heroes and Joy featuring Jennifer Lawrence and bradley cooper. Mr. Jean-Louis and his films have won awards around the world, including Best Leading Actor at the 2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards for the film Desrances. His most personal role was playing the lead character in Toussaint Louverture, for which he was honored as Best Actor at the Pan-African Film Festival. Born in Pétion-Ville, Haiti, Mr. Jean-Louis was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti by the President of Haiti in 2014.


GHESKIO’s mission is to provide health services to patients, train medical and non-medical personnel, and conduct research focused on HIV/AIDS and related diseases such as tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases. Since 2003, in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Health, this model has been extended to sites across Haiti with the support of National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Presidential Emergency Plan for the fight against AIDS (PEPFAR).

For 40 years, GHESKIO has provided integrated family-centered primary care services, including HIV counselling, HIV/AIDS treatment and care, maternal and pediatric care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission HIV and syphilis, adolescent and youth programs, vulnerable populations, TB and STI care, and global health programs. Through its research efforts, GHESKIO is defining models of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention for Haiti and other resource-poor settings.

More recently, GHESKIO conducts research and provides treatments for cardiovascular diseases, as they are now the leading cause of death in Haiti.

GHESKIO is a member of the prestigious AIDS Clinical Trials Group, and GHESKIO researchers have published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jean “Bill” Pape, who heads GHESKIO, is one of nine members of the World Health Organization’s new Scientific Council, whose organization he will advise on emerging global health priorities and issues.