Fighting Disease

We are fighting to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne disease endemic in Haiti, by 2020 

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Haiti Program Post-Quake

See how the program is expanding our work in Haiti.

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Spirit of Notre Dame

Learn more about the life and passion of Fr. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., the founder and director of the Haiti Program.

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Almost half of the population in endemic areas of Haiti suffer from Lymphatic Filariasis.

Founded in 1993, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program seeks to achieve the historic goal of eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) in Haiti by 2020. LF, a mosquito-borne disease that affects over 2 million Haitians, is the second leading cause of long-term disfigurement and disability worldwide. It can be eliminated in Haiti through mass drug administration and the distribution of co-fortified salt. The Haiti Program is partnering with the Haitian Ministry of Health, corporations, and non-governmental organizations to forever eliminate the disease in Haiti and alleviate the suffering of Haitians infected with LF. Our innovative work also provides an exportable model for LF elimination in other developing nations.

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News

Fr. Streit reflects on the five-year anniversary of earthquake in Haiti

Author: Stephanie Healey

Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C.

Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., founder and principal investigator for the Notre Dame Haiti Program and professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, recently published his reflections on the five-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that occurred on Jan. 12, 2010. The reflection piece, “5 years on, hope for Haiti” was published on CNN.com on Monday, Jan. 12.

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Salt processing plant dedicated in Haiti

Author: Stephanie Healey

Haiti Program salt plant

The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program (NDHP), in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and the Population (MSPP) and the Congregation of Holy Cross, dedicated a new salt processing plant in Delmas, Haiti on Dec. 8.  The Delmas facility is located in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.

The dedication ceremony attracted about 100 attendees, who traveled from across Haiti and the United States to attend the special occasion. Several administrators from the Notre Dame Haiti Program, Cargill Salt, and other partners of the NDHP Salt Project were present at the dedication. There was also a strong media presence at the event.  Madame Sophia Martelly, first lady of Haiti, also participated in the ribbon cutting.

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