Addressing the Mental Health of Persons Living with Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) in Léogâne, Haiti: Effectiveness of a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


The World Health Organization has targeted the elimination of LF, a parasitic infection transmitted by mosquitos. LF is the second leading cause of disability in the world and if untreated, leads to results in permanent, long-term disability, disfigurement, and stigma resulting in serious psychosocial and economic consequences. This study will examine the effectiveness of a chronic disease management program in decreasing depression and anxiety among LF patients.

Research Focus

  • Infectious Diseases

    At the EIGH, our researchers work to combat a number of various illnesses, including infectious diseases caused by organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases can also be spread from one person to another and may be transmitted from animals to humans. 

  • Maternal/Child and Community Health

    At the EIGH, our researchers explore multifaceted health issues pertaining to women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, reproduction, and infant and child well-being. Our focus to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates supports a global priority among health practitioners and researchers. Additionally, community-based research on the local and global levels promotes a team effort to protect and improve the health of population groups worldwide. 

  • Vector-borne Diseases

    Vector-borne disease research is a historic strength of the EIGH. Our researchers study multiple parts of the vector-borne disease lifecycle, such as how the parasites, viruses, and bacteria cause these kinds of diseases, how the vectors spread these diseases, and how to improve prevention methods in tropical and subtropical areas, which have the highest burden of vector-borne illnesses. 

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Populations
  • The Carter Center


  • College of Science
  • Notre Dame Haiti Program

Additional Information


Other Research in Haiti