LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS (LF) CLINIC

A medical facility that’s desperately needed – and in desperate need.

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THE KWASANS FOUNDATION

“I can’t believe this is happening just an hour and a half by air from Disney World”

– Chip Wirth, Kwasans Founder

Bloated legs. Swollen skin cracking like dried mud. Male genital deformities.

For the unlucky Haitians afflicted with LF – already extremely poor, and now suffering, handicapped and stigmatized by a disease with no outright cure – the small clinic outside the Hospital St. Croix (HSC) near Port-au-Prince is a godsend. Here they receive physical therapy, treatment and advice that can make a huge difference in managing the disease.

They also learn that it’s not supernatural and not their fault, no matter what people say. That LF is a parasitic disease caused by threadlike worms in the bloodstream and lymph system, transmitted through multiple bites of infected mosquitos over time. And they find a community of caring doctors, nurses and other LF patients who make a world of difference in relieving their physical and mental suffering.

Our goal is to provide support for and help bolster the capabilities of existing Haitian organizations and institutions. Through strategic partnerships, we develop programs, initiatives and institutions that provide foundational support, such as our Bioscience Program and upcoming Entrepreneurial Center in Hinche, Haiti, created in partnership with the University of Notre Dame Haiti. We also act to inject funding wherever we see a critical need, whether for a health care initiative that can alleviate suffering or a youth program in need of support.

We are passionate about seeing sustainable growth in every facet of Haitian livelihood. Our aim is to support Haitian institutions that will bring benefit to the Haitian people.

In order to continue our mission of empowering Haitians Helping Haitians, Kwasans depends on the generous support of people like you. Please help revitalize this beautiful country and its amazing, resourceful people by donating to the cause today.

But now the clinic is in imminent danger of closing down due to a lack of funding. These patients will have nowhere to go because this is the only clinic of its kind in the country. Please CONTRIBUTE NOW  so we can help stabilize the funding for the clinic, which requires only $160,000 per year to continue operating. Few programs cost so little and yet have such a positive impact on so many lives.

Founded and operated by Father Thomas Streit of the University of Notre Dame, and initially funded by the Hospital St. Croix and the Episcopal Church, the Clinic is now an independent entity. Léogâne, the area where the clinic is located, was the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. The clinic has been struggling to recover and stabilize ever since.

Kwasans has made funding this clinic a top priority. If you’re looking for a cause that will make the most of your charitable contribution, this is it! Every cent you give and so designate will go directly to the clinic. Thank you!

Kwasans Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization. With an overhead of zero, 100% of your donations go to the Haitian people.

WORKING TO ERADICATE LF – THE HAITI SALT PROJECT

The treatment of LF patients in Haiti is critical to alleviate suffering and provide comfort for the many in Haiti already afflicted. But preventing and even eradicating this scourge is the goal of the Haiti Salt Project, another endeavor in which Chip Wirth has played an important role. Through the production and distribution of clean, fortified salt, LF and other iodine deficiency disorders can be eliminated throughout Haiti. Learn more about the Haiti Salt Project.

Read more about the fight to eliminate "Medical Deserts" across the globe in the Wall Street Journal.

Having signed up to help fight an Ebola epidemic, Paul Farmer, an infectious-disease specialist, traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak in West Africa in late 2014. The fast, fatal spread of the disease in places where the sick sought care meant that most of the region’s few hospitals and clinics had shut down and many health workers had died… CLICK TO READ MORE AT WSJ.COM

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LF AND HAITI

  • 88% of Haiti is a risk zone for lymphatic filariasis (LF)
  • LF is designated as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) and is related to iodine deficiency (see Haiti Salt Project below)
  • More than 12,000 Haitians in Léogâne are infected with LF

WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTION ACHIEVES

  • Supports initiatives to stop new cases
  • Provides care and support for people with LF, who will always have the disease
  • Provides compression therapy wraps and other clinical supplies
  • Pays for surgeries to correct deformities in male genitalia caused by LF
  • Funds ongoing education for the clinical staff
  • Helps the clinic work toward becoming sustainable, so the Haitian people can take care of each other

Kwasans Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization. With an overhead of zero, 100% of your donations go to the Haitian people.