Marissa Gebhard | Feb. 21, 2014 | Notre Dame News
The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program has established a partnership with Carribex S.A., one of the largest food corporations in Haiti, to distribute the program’s Bon Sel Dayiti, co-fortified salt that will reduce preventable disease in Haiti. With Carribex’s nationwide distribution network, the salt is now available to most of Haiti’s 10 million people.
More than 2 million Haitians are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a mosquito-borne disease that is the second leading cause of long-term disfigurement and disability worldwide. The debilitating and socially marginalizing disease, also known as elephantiasis, is carried by mosquitoes. It can be eliminated in Haiti through mass drug administration and the distribution of co-fortified salt. Bon Sel Dayiti contains diethylcarbamazine citrate — the medication that kills the parasitic worms that cause lymphatic filariasis — and potassium iodate, which supplies iodine, an essential nutrient needed for brain development.