- Médecins Sans Frontières provides treatment to people affected by violence, with a particular focus on victims of sexual violence.
- Honduras has experienced years of political, economic and social instability and as a consequence has become overrun with criminal activity.
- Médecins Sans Frontières developed a servicio prioritario or priority service in collaboration with the health ministry in Tegucigalpa, offering emergency medical and psychological attention to victims of violence, including sexual violence.
- The priority service, where everything is provided in one place and is confidential and free, is offered at two health centres and in Tegucigalpa’s main hospital.
- The mental healthcare includes counselling and psychological first aid.
- The emergency contraceptive pill, however, has been banned in Honduras since 2009. A debate was initiated in 2014 in the Honduran Congress to change the policy on emergency contraception, and it continues today. Médecins Sans Frontières has taken part in the discussions and has highlighted the psychological and medical consequences of pregnancy as a result of sexual assault.
- As there are currently no guidelines in place for the treatment of victims of sexual violence in Honduras, Médecins Sans Frontières is pushing for the health ministry to implement a national protocol.
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Médecins Sans Frontières began work in the country in 1974 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 44 staff in Honduras.