Haiti Program awareness
Observer Viewpoint | Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Highlighting the good work accomplished by the NTD program in Molly Madden’s article “Program Works to Combat Diseases,” it is necessary to note that it is but a component of the Haiti Program here at Notre Dame.
The Haiti Program is a disease elimination program established in 1999 by Fr. Tom Streit, the familiar Common Human disease instructor who researches for over half of the year in Haiti. The program originated in response to the 10 percent of Haitian individuals afflicted by lymphatic filariasis, a debilitating disease that is only prevalent in areas with very poor sanitation, that is to say areas of extreme poverty.
With the help of a grant from the Gates Foundation, it now combats all 13 of the Neglected Tropical Diseases listed by CDC. The freshmen-led NTD initiative is a great new addition to this already storied yet little recognized humanitarian program here at Notre Dame.