Fighting For Disease

Uploaded by NDdotEDU on 05.10.2009

Rev. Thomas Streit: Haiti is one of the least developed countries in the bottom 5% of the
world. There is not adequate sewage, there is not adequate garbage collection, there
is not adequate health care. What we are trying to do at least is to address some of the intractable
health problems that are such a tax and a burden on the people here. Lymphatic Filariasis,
also known as Elephantiasis, what really is a horrific disease, people's limbs swell
to enormous proportions become infected with bacteria, fungi, whole families rejected.
They really become the town monster. Tyler Stabinoa: Im Tyler Stabinoa I'm 21
years old. I'm from Austin, Texas. This is how I'm spending my summer between my
junior and senior year in college. Working with Lymphatic Filariasis, the most important
thing is coming to know the people that have it.
Streit: In just a few weeks here in Haiti, Tyler will be able to make a difference through
his research work and through his affection for these people.
Narrator: 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 , Fr. Thomas Streit,
is one of the worlds premiere initiatives against elephantiasis, through extensive research
by both faculty and students, the chain of transmission for this mosquito born disease
to the next generation is being broken. Narrator: The University of Notre Dame asks
what would you fight for? Fighting for human diginity
Fighting for our safety Stabinoa: Fighting disease
Streit: We are the Fighting Irish.