To Ducarmel Augustin MD,
Chairman Board of Thrustees AMHE
I regret to inform you that in one week, as of October 13, 2016, I will no longer fulfill the responsibilities of my role as the keeper of the AMHE Home pages in the best interests of the AMHE-CEC. I will leave, happy, in knowing that the actual President of the CEC, Serge Pierre-Louis MD will continue the work we started 6 years ago.
The AMHE is proud to have been able to offer you a professional page with different components that so many visited over the years allowing us to carry our name to a competitive level in the medical world.
Our J-AMHE Journal, Facebook page, and especially the Newsletter promoted the name of our Association among other organizations. Many have taken pleasure in reading and commentating on published articles by our physicians.
Take the advantage to learn about the AMHE through its pages, about the medical missions, the Conventions past and present, and the Symposiums. Visit the digital library and read about our history. Please continue supporting our Association in being a devoted member.
I do hope that my leaving will not cause any inconvenience. Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you think there is anyway I can assist to make the transition smoother.
Thank you so much for your understanding. I leave, knowing well that we all share the same Love for the AMHE.
Maxime Coles AMHE Member.
As you already know, Haiti is again afflicted by natural disaster, this time Hurricane Matthew. The destruction is graphically depicted on all major mass media for everybody to assess it. The AMHE Foundation set up by the Haitian Physician association, the oldest and most enduring association of Haitian professionals had established a webpage to receive donations. As a Chairman of that foundation I am sending you the following link to the webpage:
1.I would urge you to please visit us there. Even if you, personally cannot contribute funds today
2.I am making a special appeal to you to spread the link through your social media network: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. so your friends, potential donors may know where to direct their contributions to the Haitian people in their time of crisis.
I am counting on you.
Emmanuel Francois MD, MPH.
Hurricane Matthew just hit Haiti very hard. According to reported news and social media, sustained winds of 130 mph created brutal damage especially in southern Haiti. Several deaths have been reported so far, but everybody predicts that the death toll will rise as it is impossible now to have a real head count due to blocked roads and collapsed bridges. This Hurricane, considered the worst disaster since the 2010 earth quake comes at a time when the country is still trying to recover from that earthquake and the ensuing cholera epidemics. The heavy rains will exacerbate conditions as one can expect a surge in diarrhea-related illnesses, an explosion of the number of cholera cases, and a sharp multiplication of breeding sites for the mosquitoes carrying and spreading the Zika virus. So the public health challenges facing Haiti are real.
For close to half a century, the Haitian Physicians, through their association and foundation, have helped the population counter these challenges during ordinary and bad times. Would you please consider helping Haiti by giving a fully tax-deductible contribution? All of your donation will go toward helping the poor and disadvantaged of the island.
Emmanuel Francois MD, MPH.
I thank those who called, during the last two days, to share their concerns about hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
As you probably know by now, the hurricane landed mainly in the southern part of the country where it caused floods, damage to property and loss of lives. We do not know the extent of the damage at this time. Communication with Haiti via telephone has remained difficult today.
AMHE is in contact with several organizations in Haiti and in the US such as AMH (Association Medicale Haitienne), Haitian Red Cross, Protection Civile, HRDF (Haitian Resource Development Foundation), HANA (Haitian American Nurses Association), MSSPP (Ministere de la Sante Puplique et Population), Haitian Congress and United Front in an attempt to monitor the situation and to coordinate a response to the disaster.
AMHE will discuss the health implications of the hurricane, and potential interventions, at its regularly-scheduled meeting of the Central Executive Committee tomorrow Wed 5 Oct at 9 pm eastern. We invite the Chapter presidents to attend this important meeting. The first half of the meeting will be a forum open to everyone.
Please let me or Mrs. Michael Bruno, our Executive Director, know if you have any questions. She can be reached at 202.681.3506 or email "email@example.com".
Our sympathy goes to our compatriots in Haiti during this difficult time.
Serge JC Pierre-Louis, MD, MPH
Ladies and gentlemen:
Once again, our country has been devastated by a violent hurricane that no one could have prevented. By now, you probably have seen the pictures on social media of our brothers and sisters trying bravely to cope with the madness that just befell them. Population decimated. Entire villages wiped off the map! Livestock carried away! By and large, we have seen limited coverage on national TV in the US, except for the usual words (poorest country of the hemisphere) that every broadcaster feels that he or she has to utter, every time the name of Haiti is mentioned.
I was disappointed that the AMHE, the oldest Haitian professional organization in the Diaspora elected “after discussion” to sit and wait for the people in Haiti to tell them what they needed. After the earthquake 2010, at this time (4 days after) we were already in Miami ready to fly into Port-au-Prince. Your decision to wait and see seems to me an excuse to delay and pass the buck.
Let me guess what could be urgently needed: Clothing, blankets, fresh water, food, antibiotics for starters. These would make sense and we do not need the folks in Haiti to tell us that. The nurses of HANA did not wait to hear from the folks in Haiti.
Strangers with no connection to Haiti have been asking me when I am going and they want to volunteer their time and contribute to the relief effort. If I had no immediate obligation keeping me back in NY, I would be down there already.
Since I cannot go there myself, I cannot blame you but frankly I am disappointed. I do not think that any member of the AMHE who has never been down to Haiti on a mission should have any say in this decision.
We have to do better than that.
Louis J Auguste, MD
Past President of the AMHE/NY Chapter
Thank you Louis for your comments.
A meeting was indeed called by the president of the AMHE Serge Pierre-Louis MD and different organizations participated in the discussions. At the request of the governmental authorities of the land, AMHE was told to wait for further directives because the toll of the death at that time was at 5.
The HANA group of Nurses expressed their will to assess the situation because of their scheduled ongoing medical mission to Jeremie. They stated that they were already on site and will report to the leadership of the AMHE. I believe that they are well involved with the Nursing school in Jeremie in the South Peninsula where extensive destruction of property was expected on the trajectory of the Hurricane Matthew.
On going discussions were scheduled to evaluate the best way to help our compatriots. We will wait for words of Dr Pierre-Louis who mentioned about the organizations on site cooperating closely with the AMHE like the AMH, ARDF and other individual physicians.
We discussed at length the need for bottle of water, antibiotics, clothes etc and we were told that organizations like Medishare, Food for the poor's, Partner in Health were involved in the distribution of Goods. We learned also about the American Navy ( Southern Command) deployed in the South of Haiti and directly providing support to the people in Need.
Now 847 dead and complete devastation in the South of the country is contemplated. I would like to believe that such destruction or loss of life over the Island of La Gonave and the North part of the country may increase this death toll considerably.
Collection of Goods and Antibiotics are being implemented by Dr Pierre-Louis as well as the collection of Money through the AMHE Foundation and the AMHE CEC. We have already received substantial funds to help relieving the suffering. Please refer all donors to our pages for any donation. They can use the Paypal systems or send checks to the mentioned address of the AMHE Foundation at the intention of the Treasurer.
Thank you Louis for your words stressing that the situation in the country is deplorable and that our compatriots are in need.
Maxime J-M Coles M.D., F.I.C.S., F.R.C.S., F.A.A.N.O.S-C
Immediate Past President, Central Executive Committee
Association Medicale Haitienne a l'etranger.
Thank you for sharing with me your reply to Dr Auguste comments. Although I was not included in the original mailing, through your reply, I had taken heed of these comments and are fully in agreement with Dr Auguste. Indeed, he is uniquely qualified to offer his views, because 6 years ago, in January 2010, he was among the first contingent of people, let alone Haitian physicians, who rushed to give help to the Haitian people right after the earthquake. He would tell you that the plane that was carrying him, among the first AMHE contingent had to lay over in Miami, waiting for the US Air Force to reopen the PAP International Airport to civilian traffic, so early was the response. So the present AMHE leadership should have known about that bit of history and been inspired while making their decisions. Waiting for the Government of Haiti is a cop-out for inaction. At the time of the crisis meeting, CNN was broadcasting through aerial photography, the utter destruction of Jérémie. Close to a thousand persons are already known dead as of this writing. What else can we learn from the Government of Haiti Officials that we, Haitian Physicians don’t have the knowledge of in its broad form. My suggestions are:
1.The AMHE Leadership to call for an early crisis meeting to discuss of, and decide on an appropriate response based on known facts and predicted outcomes, response that would include the usual immediate, short and long term components.
2.Personally, I would place in the mix that AMHE quickly organize a mission to Haiti with administrative and clinical possibilities, to assess the public health aspect of the situation, organize our collective response in the field and start emergent and urgent treatment as needed
3.That the Board of Trustees makes an immediate assessment from the various chapters for an emergency contribution to pay for the early stage activities, while waiting for AMHE Foundation to receive enough donations to cover the cost of an ongoing program.
Dear Maxime, I think that just a modicum program like the one just outlined would strengthen the association by giving to the rank and file members, a sense that their leaders are firmly in control of the situation and are following a path of action that is expected of them in that time of crisis..
Regards and Amitiés.
Emmanuel Francois MD, MPH.