Founder of Doctors United for Haiti to speak at MSU on quake aftermath
EAST LANSING, Mich. - As part of Michigan State University's Help Haiti Heal initiative, the founder of Doctors United for Haiti will speak about the health conditions in Haiti and the medical needs the country faces in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake Jan. 12 that left hundreds of thousands dead or homeless.
(Media-Newswire.com) - EAST LANSING, Mich. ó As part of Michigan State University's Help Haiti Heal initiative, the founder of Doctors United for Haiti will speak about the health conditions in Haiti and the medical needs the country faces in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake Jan. 12 that left hundreds of thousands dead or homeless.
Sidney Coupet, who spent two days in Haiti after the earthquake and was part of the initial emergency response, will speak as part of a special lecture for osteopathic students at noon Jan. 29 at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Room E4 of Fee Hall.
A public lecture also will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 303 of the International Center. Immediately after his presentation there, a panel discussion will be held featuring Alycia Sedlacek, an AmeriCorps volunteer serving with the mid-Michigan chapter of the American Red Cross working on the organizationís emergency services; Alison Bono, communications and marketing coordinator for the local Red Cross chapter; and Julie Friend, MSU health and safety security analyst with the Office of Study Abroad.
Coupet was invited to MSU by Reza Nassiri, the director of the Institute of International Health and an assistant dean at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, two sponsors for the lecture. International Studies and Programs and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies also are co-sponsoring the event.
"Dr. Coupet's insight into Haiti and the medical situation there will be invaluable," said Dr. Nassiri, a former mentor of Coupet. "He has a deep and personal conviction for Haiti."
In 2009, Coupet founded Doctors United for Haiti, an independent, nonprofit organization to enhance the health care systems and services in Haiti. For more information, go to http://www.dufh.org/.
For more information on the lectures, please call the Institute of International Health at ( 517 ) 353-8992 or visit https://www.msu.edu/~iih/.
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