Notre Dame E2E group develops novel housing solution for Haiti

Author: William G. Gilroy

 

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The attention and concern of the world was focused on Haiti following its Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. As is often the case, as time went on, the focus on Haiti became less intense as the world moved on.

However, the plight of Haitians has remained a driving concern for a group of University of Notre Dame engineering professors and students who are working to bring about a novel housing solution in that country.

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Cargill expands support of Notre Dame Haiti Program

Author: William G. Gilroy

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The Notre Dame Haiti Program and Cargill have renewed their partnership to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Haiti.

After donating salt to the program two years ago, Cargill is now offering its technical and operations expertise in salt production. Cargill has committed $150,000 over the next three years to the Notre Dame Haiti Program to help establish a sustainable salt-fortification venture in Haiti. The salt is fortified with potassium iodate and diethylcarbamazine citrate and is designed to stop LF, while also preventing iodine deficiency disorder.

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Cargill donation will help Notre Dame Haiti Program fight disease

Author: William G. Gilroy

Haiti Program

Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, has donated $20,000 toward the purchase of raw salt to assist in the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program effort to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) in that country.

LF, which commonly is called elephantiasis, is one of the leading causes of disability in the world and it affects roughly one-third of the population in Haiti. However, the debilitating disease can be eliminated by using table salt. Cargill’s donation will assist a community development model that includes table salt as an integral component.

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Notre Dame representatives brief former President Carter on Haiti Program activities

Author: William G. Gilroy

Dean Gregory Crawford with President and Mrs. Carter

Gregory Crawford, dean of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Science, and Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., founder of the University’s Haiti Program, met with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter on Thursday (0ct. 8) in the offices of the minister of health for Haiti.

The meeting came in conjunction with the former president’s visit to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to urge political leaders in both countries to work together to rid Hispaniola, the island they both share, of both malaria and lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis or LF).

 

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GE donates ultrasound equipment to Haiti Program

Author: William G. Gilroy

GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric Company, has donated three portable ultrasound systems to the University of Notre Dames Haiti Program and its partner hospital, Hôpital Sainte Croix, to help detect patients who have Lymphatic Filariasis (LF).

LF, better known as elephantiasis, damages the lymph system causing grotesque disfiguration affecting limbs, breasts, genitals and the urinary system. An estimated 28 percent of the Haitian population in hyperendemic areas suffers from this painful, disabling and isolating disease.

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Symposium to focus on lymphatic filariasis in Haiti

Author: William G. Gilroy

A symposium titled First Steps: Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis inHaitiwill be held Monday (March 21) at McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame. The event is free and open to the public.

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) causes the grotesque swelling of the body known as elephantiasis, a disease in which progressive lymphatic dysfunction leads to the hideous swelling of legs, arms, breasts, or genitals. LF is aggravated by dangerous skin infections whose heat can become so intense it causes second-degree burns. Notre Dames Haiti Program, led by biologist Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., has as its goal the elimination of LF fromHaitiby 2012. As many as 2 million ofHaitis 8.3 million people are believed infected with the mosquito-borne parasites that cause LF.

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Haiti Program strives to eliminate diseases of poverty

Author: William G. Gilroy

A Notre Dame program aimed at permanently halting the transmission of elephantiasis in Haiti is having the important added public health benefit of significantly reducing the burden of certain intestinal parasites.

Hookworms, roundworms and whipworms may not be pleasant to contemplate, but the parasites infect more than 1 billion people worldwide, with the Ascaris species alone estimated to affect one-quarter of the worlds population. These helminth worms disproportionately rob those living in poverty, particularly children, of micronutrients, appetite and physical growth, impair cognitive skills, and leave some victims with weakened immune systems and life-threatening anemia. Some of these burdens begin for children even before birth.

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