Haiti earthquake - Jérémy
Following a series of natural disasters, and among ongoing political and economic crises, Haiti’s healthcare system remains precarious.

Attention and investment from donors have gone elsewhere, leading to severe shortages of medical supplies and staff.

We continue to respond to urgent needs wherever possible. In Port-au-Prince, the capital, MSF teams treat trauma and burns victims, with many injuries the result of tensions and protests.

MSF also provides maternal and sexual and reproductive health care in Port-à-Piment in Haiti's Sud province and treats victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Port-au-Prince and Gonaïves. 

Our activities in 2020 in Haiti

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Haiti in 2020 MSF runs a range of specialist and emergency medical services that many people would not be able to afford or access elsewhere.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Haiti

People in Haiti continue to face multiple barriers to healthcare amid an ongoing political and economic crisis. Violence is rife, particularly in the capital, Port-au-Prince, where gangs fight for territory and influence. In 2020, there were repeated strikes and staffing shortages in public health facilities due to attacks on health workers, non-payment of wages and the risks of COVID-19.

Our emergency centre in the impoverished Martissant neighbourhood treats and stabilises patients with urgent needs, including severe asthma attacks, childhood medical emergencies, and injuries from violence and accidental trauma. In our trauma hospital in Tabarre, we offer emergency care, surgery, physiotherapy and psychosocial care for trauma patients with life-threatening injuries, such as open bone fractures or bullet wounds to the chest or abdomen. We also supported the adult and paediatric emergency rooms at the Haiti State University Hospital by donating medical supplies, rehabilitating facilities and training staff.

In May, we repurposed our specialist burns hospital in the capital to treat patients with COVID-19, until August, when we returned to treating patients with complex burn injuries. Drouillard hospital is the only facility of its kind in Haiti, and receives many referrals from areas where precarious living conditions increase the risk of domestic accidents, such as burns from stoves. In August, we also supported a local maternity centre to reopen safely by screening patients for COVID-19, and providing training and personal protective equipment.

We continue to run our clinic for victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the capital’s Delmas 33 neighbourhood, and in February opened a second one in Gonaïves, northern Haiti. In both, we train public hospital staff and work with local organisations to raise awareness of sexual violence and adolescent sexual health issues. To help victims reach medical services, we set up a confidential telephone hotline.

In the rural southwest, we support sexual and reproductive health services in health centres in Port-à-Piment and the surrounding area. We are gradually increasing our support for comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care in Port Salut.


in 2020
Jalousie market, Port-au-Prince

New violence triples number of wounded patients in Port-au-Prince

Press Release 12 May 2022
Mural in Bois-Verna and street vendors

Three questions about the recent violent clashes in Port-au-Prince

Interview 29 Apr 2022
Annette Souffrant with her three children at the mobile clinic

Thousands stranded and exposed as insecurity worsens in Port-au-Prince

Project Update 24 Nov 2021
Emergency department at Tabarre hospital

Shortages of fuel, water threaten medical care in Haiti

Press Release 10 Nov 2021
Surviving violence

Haiti fuel crisis severely limits access to vital medical care

Press Release 27 Oct 2021
Haiti - Earthquake response in Les Cayes 07

Two months after the earthquake, health needs remain high

Project Update 15 Oct 2021
HAITI MSF Projects southern province 13

Complex needs of earthquake survivors require continued specialised care

Project Update 9 Sep 2021
Haiti earthquake - Tabarre

The long road to recovery for earthquake survivors in Haiti

Project Update 30 Aug 2021
Haiti earthquake - Jérémy

After the earthquake, a surgical team works nonstop

Interview 23 Aug 2021

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