Global Development

For more than 50 years, the Congregation of Holy Cross, the founding religious community of the University of Notre Dame, has been ministering with the people of Haiti. Today, Holy Cross Father Thomas Streit has been fighting to eliminate the chain of transmission of lymphatic filariasis.

Since 1997, Notre Dame, in partnership with the Gates Foundation, has been committed to the elimination of lymphatic filariasis. Through the mass treatment of more than 1.3 million people annually, the Haiti Program, led by Notre Dame biologist Father Thomas Streit, C.S.C., is one of the world’s premier initiatives against the disease.

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