Notre Dame Haiti System dedicates new salt facility

The following dignitaries from Haiti and Notre Dame cut a symbolic ribbon in celebration of the dedication of the new salt factory (L-R): Rev. Thomas Streit, principal investigator from the University of Notre Dame Florence Guillaume, the Haitian Minister for Public Health and Population (MSPP) Earl Carter, managing director of the Notre Dame Haiti Program Sophia Martelly, the first lady of Haiti and Joseline Marhone Pierre, director of the Office of Nutrition, MSPP. (L-R): Rev. Thomas Streit, principal investigator from Notre Dame Florence Guillaume, the Haitian Minister for Public Wellness and Population Earl Carter, managing director of the Notre Dame Haiti System Sophia Martelly, the 1st lady of Haiti and Joseline Marhone Pierre, director of the Workplace of Nutrition, MSPP.

In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Public Wellness and the Population (MSPP), the Congregation of Holy Cross and other partners, the University of Notre Dame Haiti Plan committed a new fortified salt production plant Monday (Dec. eight) in Delmas, Haiti. Several administrators had been in attendance, including Sophia Martelly, very first lady of Haiti.

The new facility, which will supplement an present facility at Cite Militaire, will be used to broaden the manufacturing of clean, iodized salt for the Haitian population by supplying the nation’s first brine-wash facility. This tools, which must be fully operational in early 2015, will let neighborhood Haitian salt to be cleaned to meals-grade high quality prior to being fortified and packaged for consumption by the Haitian people.

Since 2005, and in coordination with MSPP, the Notre Dame salt project has sought to remove iodine deficiency ailments in Haiti and quit the transmission of Lymphatic filariasis by way of ongoing mass drug administration efforts. Iodine deficiency causes several overall health troubles, like goiter and intellectual impairment in children. Filariasis, also recognized as elephantiasis, is a parasitic disease that causes enormous swelling of the limbs and genitals.

Make contact with: Earl Carter, 574-631-5404, Earl.Carter@nd.edu

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