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
 
Brazil

MSF provides humanitarian aid to Haitian asylum seekers

Project Update 10 Jan 2012
 
Social violence and exclusion

Urban Survivors

Voices from the Field 2 Nov 2011
 
Haiti

Haitian lives still threatened by inadequate cholera response

Press Release 19 Oct 2011
 
Haiti

Cholera cases are increasing in Port-au-Prince

Project Update 10 Oct 2011
 
Cholera

Decline in cholera surge in Haiti may be only temporary

Project Update 27 Jun 2011
 
Haiti

MSF alarmed by resurgence of cholera

Press Release 3 Jun 2011
 
Cholera

Cholera cases declining in Haiti but vigilance continues

Project Update 24 Feb 2011
 
Haiti

On Aid and Reconstruction

Project Update 28 Jan 2011
 
Haiti

One Year After - Financial accountability

Project Update 18 Jan 2011

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