Honduras has experienced years of political, economic and social instability, and has one the highest rates of violence in the world. This has great medical, psychological and social consequences for the population.
This year MSF continued its servicio prioritario or priority service in collaboration with the Honduran Ministry of Health, offering emergency medical and psychological care to victims of violence, including sexual violence. This free, confidential, one-stop service is available at two health centres and in Tegucigalpa’s main hospital.
In 2016, MSF treated over 900 victims of violence, including 560 victims of sexual violence, and carried out 1,830 mental health consultations. Medical treatment for rape includes post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection and provide protection against other sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis B, and tetanus. Mental healthcare includes counselling, group therapies and psychological first aid.
MSF also carried out activities to improve control of the Aedes mosquito, the insect responsible for the transmission of zika, dengue and chikungunya, in the city of Tegucigalpa. These included a geographical vector analysis, to gather information on the possible areas where greater efforts are needed, and community outreach to inform people about fumigation and other ways of controlling the mosquito.
The emergency contraceptive pill remains banned in Honduras, despite ongoing debate in the Honduran Congress to change the policy on emergency contraception. MSF continues to advocate for access to medical care for victims of sexual violence (including emergency contraception) that is in accordance with international protocols. MSF has highlighted the psychological and medical consequences of pregnancy as a result of sexual assault.
Year MSF first worked in the country: 1974.
|People treated after incidents of sexual violence||540|
|No. staff in 2016||39|
|Expenditure 2016||€1.1 million|
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