Emergency Disease Response
In Martissant, the second-largest slum in the country, MSF manages an emergency healthcare centre which is open around the clock. MSF also organised water and sanitation activities in the slum to prevent the spread of cholera and eliminate Aedes mosquitoes, which carry the dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses.
MSF staff treat cholera patients in both Martissant and CRUO, and support the Ministry of Health with epidemiological surveillance. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a team also assisted with the second round of cholera vaccination in Port-à-Piment.
Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Sexual violence is a neglected medical emergency and the number of cases is greatly underestimated in official statistics. An alarmingly high number of young people in Haiti, especially women and girls, experience sexual and gender-based violence, yet the services available are inadequate.
We provide emergency medical care to victims of sexual and gender-based violence and are working to improve the availability of services in this field and raise community awareness. We emphasise the need for victims to seek medical care within 72 hours of being attacked.
Abortions that are self-inflicted or performed by non-medical personnel have become more prevalent in Haiti, in part due to laws prohibiting the procedure and economic barriers preventing access to proper healthcare services.