Infectious Disease

From typhoid to tuberculosis to HIV, St. Boniface combats the spread and devastation of infectious diseases.

Because of the lack of healthcare infrastructure and access to preventative services, the people in rural Haiti suffer from many infectious diseases that the rest of the world no longer worries about. These diseases of poverty, like tuberculosis and typhoid, attack indiscriminately, and spread quickly. Thanks to St. Boniface Hospital’s capacity to treat, trace, and prevent infectious diseases, we have seen dramatic reductions in the number of infectious disease cases in our catchment area—in fact, we have not had an instance of cholera in over two years.

St. Boniface Hospital’s brand-new infectious disease ward officially opened in January 2019. The state-of-the-art facility contains six negative pressure isolation rooms designed to help patients heal comfortably while preventing the spread of contagions. The ward also features two spacious, six-bed inpatient rooms for men and women to receive prolonged care, as it can sometimes take several months of treatment for a patient to be well enough to return home. The ward’s 20-person staff is highly trained in the treatment and containment of infectious diseases and works hard to ensure that each patient is treated with the compassion and dignity they deserve.


The HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention program at St. Boniface Hospital was one of the first HIV/AIDS testing and treatment programs on Haiti’s Southern Peninsula.

Inside a cholera tent


Cholera was first introduced into Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake, and the pandemic continues to worsen after additional natural disasters. Our strategy’s proven success combatted these challenges through treatment and prevention.

Renelson with his mother and SBHF President/CEO Conor Shapiro at an event honoring the Kellogg Foundation's contributions in Fond des Blancs

Our Work in Action