Health and Human Rights Project

Country: Haiti Date Range: 2008-2009 Project Lead: Center for Civil & Human Rights Notre Dame Collaborators: Notre Dame Haiti Program

From 2008 - 2009, the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) joined the Notre Dame Haiti Program to launch a joint project on health and human rights in Haiti. The yearlong project built on the strengths and records of achievement of two Notre Dame programs recognized as leaders in their respective fields—the Haiti Program, part of the Eck Institute for Global Health, and CCHR, the oldest center for the study of human rights associated with an American law school. The Haiti Program and its partners are steadily moving toward the creation of a model for worldwide elimination of lymphatic filariasis, a debilitating and preventable disease that has infected more than 26% of Haitians. The joint project allowed the CCHR to infuse this new model with a human rights perspective, analyzing the endemic filariasis situation in terms of Haiti’s domestic and international legal obligations. The project addressed the fact that Haiti is one of the few remaining countries on the planet that fails to iodize its domestic salt supply.