We treat victims of violence, including sexual violence. We work with the Honduran Ministry of Health on our priority service project, which offers emergency medical and psychological care to victims of violence.
In Choloma, we assist births, offer family planning and ante- and postnatal consultations. In San Pedro Sula, we work to improve access to medical and psychological health care for transgender people and men who have sex with men (MSM).
In 2020, MSF teams responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing medical care in an adapted centre for severe patients in Tegucigalpa, the capital. We also provided mental health and health promotion activities; all activities had come to an end by mid-October.
From March to July 2021, MSF provided humanitarian assistance to people affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
Our activities in 2020 in Honduras
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.
Honduras has experienced years of social, economic and political instability, which is reflected in the high rates of homicide, sexual violence and forced displacement of vulnerable people. In 2020, the combination of COVID-19 and natural disasters, such as hurricanes Eta and Iota ─ the worst storms to hit Central America since hurricane Mitch in 1998 ─ had a devastating effect on the country, exacerbating the already high levels of unemployment and food insecurity. Widespread destruction of infrastructure, caused by the storms, means that a long-term period of reconstruction will be required.
In February, when the government declared a state of emergency due to the pandemic, the lockdown measures confined women and children in violent domestic environments without the possibility of seeking support. In response, MSF rapidly introduced helpline services and organised mental health follow-up for victims of sexual violence. In the department of Choloma, our teams ensured continuity of care at a mother and child clinic, the only one in the area offering family planning, ante- and postnatal consultations and psychological support to victims of violence. Wealso assisted births.
In June, we started to offer comprehensive medical services to COVID-19 patients at the National University sports facility in Tegucigalpa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Metropolitan Health Region. In addition, our teams established COVID-19 triage and provided oxygen treatment at Nueva Capital health centre.
In November and December, when the hurricanes struck, leaving 250,000 people with limited access to health services, MSF teams provided medical and psychological care, as well as health promotion, in the shelters located in the most affected areas. We also assisted victims of sexual violence.
During the year, as migrant caravans gathered to travel north towards the United States, we sent teams to offer first aid and psychosocial support at different points along the route.
"I'm 13 years old and I'm pregnant"
"The MSF psychologist explained to me that what I suffered was a sexual attack"
The story of 13-year-old Estela*, from Choloma, Honduras, is representative of many of the young patients we care for in our projects in Tegucigalpa and Choloma, in Honduras, and Reynosa, Mexico.