Program History



The Notre Dame Haiti Program is a world leader in the fight against lymphatic filariasis. With a concentrated effort at eliminating the disease in Haiti, where more than 26% of the population is infected, Notre Dame and its partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Haitian Ministry of Health and Population, and Hopital Sainte Croix in Leogane, Haiti, and additional partners are steadily moving toward the creation of a model for worldwide elimination.


By helping to address this problem in Haiti, Notre Dame provides hope and relief to the Haitian people while living out its mission to “cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many.”

These efforts leverage Notre Dame’s activities across many disciplines, allowing the Haiti Program to "opt for the poor” of Haiti and put “research at the service of humanity,” goals which are distinctive to the University’s mission.

While the roots of the Haiti Program lie in the fight against LF, the challenges of Haiti demand a diverse yet integrated approach for any public health intervention program. This philosophy has lead to collaborative efforts in Haiti with the following colleges and departments at Notre Dame:

  • Mendoza College of Business
  • Executive Education
  • Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Art, Art History & Design
  • Department of Anthropology
  • School of Architecture
  • Student International Business Council
  • Holy Cross Associates
  • Law School
  • Department of Theology
  • Eck Institute for Global Health
  • Department of Biological Sciences