Staff Spotlight: Martha Desir becomes director of clinical services at the LF Clinic and Reference Center

Author: Chontel Syfox

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Martha Desir has been appointed director of clinical services for the Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) Clinic and Reference Center in Léogâne, the only site in Haiti that currently provides care for LF patients.

Since 2014, Desir has been working as the Program’s psychosocial nurse, counseling patients and overseeing community-based “Hope Clubs” in 10 regions in Léogâne. The outreach workers leading each group are patients themselves and are well poised to support patients who are struggling with the physical debilitation, psychological devastation, and social stigmatization that comes with LF.

Desir completed her nursing education at the only baccalaureate program in Haiti and was class valedictorian. She held a teaching post at her alma mater and then worked alongside our Notre Dame
alumni physicians, providing trauma care for survivors of the 2010 earthquake. Before joining the Program, Desir worked as a surgical nurse with Doctors Without Borders for four years.