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
 
Cholera Haiti 2014
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Too few beds to treat cholera patients

Press Release 24 Nov 2014
 
Domiz refugee camp
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A Year in Focus 2013-2014

Project Update 30 Jun 2014
 
Journal article

Saving life and limb: limb salvage using external fixation, a multi-centre review of orthopaedic surgical activities in Médecins Sans Frontières

25 Jun 2014
Journal article
 
Basic Health units and mobile clinics for displaced people in Peshawar district
Women's health

International Women's Day 2014: Forced to Flee

Voices from the Field 7 Mar 2014
 
Haiti - Leogane container hospital
Haiti

"Call for backup – all hands on deck!"

Voices from the Field 19 Aug 2013
 
Haiti

Miami Herald: Aid shortfalls jeopardize Haiti’s humanitarian programs

Project Update 23 Apr 2013
 
One of the cholera treatment centres
Haiti

Deplorable conditions for cholera patients

Project Update 12 Mar 2013
 
Haiti

Cholera remains major public health problem

Project Update 19 Oct 2012
 
Haiti

MSF increases hospital capacity in the area affected by the earthquake

Project Update 12 Jan 2012

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