Marie Donahue, a longtime global health specialist, has become the managing director of the Notre Dame Haiti Program. Donahue, who was educated at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will work with Rev. Thomas Streit, C.S.C., Ph.D., the Program’s founder and head researcher, on efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Haiti by 2020. Earl Carter, the assistant dean for faculty affairs and special projects in the College of Science, had been interim managing director since December 2013.
The Notre Dame Haiti Program and Cargill have renewed their partnership to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Haiti. Cargill’s three-year commitment will help to establish a sustainable salt-fortification venture in Haiti.
The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program’s (UNDHP) clinic partner in Leogane, Haiti, the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute Medical Missions Inc. (ILWTI MM), is pleased to announce that Notre Dame alumnus Dr. John Macdonald and Dr. Heather Hettrick of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty met with the Mayor of North Miami, Dr. Smith Joseph, on April 2, 2015.
The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program took an important “next step” in the expansion of its clinical services and morbidity management initiatives with the opening of a vocational training center in Leogane, Haiti in early September. An initiative to further lymphatic filariasis (LF) patient empowerment, as a part of the "Mental Health Initiative," the center was dedicated in a ceremony attended by some 50 individuals on September 10, 2014.
For a only the second time, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Program was honored to host its international partners for their bi-annual meeting on the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), more commonly known as elephantiasis. The meeting, held on July 24 and 25 in the Jordan Hall of Science, offered a platform for some 20 participants, representing a host of organizations, to update progress made in past six months, discuss mutual challenges, and plan for common strategic efforts to achieve the goal of elimination of this dreaded and disfiguring disease in Haiti by the year 2020. The only other time the group has travelled to Notre Dame was in 2009.