Why are we there?

  • Social violence
  • Health care exclusion
  • Endemic/epidemic disease
  • Natural disasters

Our work

This is an extract from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:

As the rebuilding effort following the 2010 earthquake stumbles forward, access to health care remains a huge issue, as it was before the disaster. MSF is filling gaps in emergency care by providing a wide range of services in four hospitals, along with care for cholera, which has affecting more some 638,000 people since it first afflicted the country in 2010.

MSF runs a 130-bed obstetric and neonatal emergency hospital in Port-au-Prince’s Delmas 33 neighborhood, offering free, round-the-clock emergency care for women experiencing complications.

In 2012, 7,980 patients were admitted to the hospital and teams assisted 6,360 births. The hospital also provides reproductive health care services (family planning, PMTCT, neonatal and postnatal care) and has a cholera center for pregnant women.

MSF’s Nap Kenbe surgical center in Tabarre, in eastern Port-au-Prince, provided emergency trauma, orthopedic, and abdominal surgery for some 1,200 victims of gunshots, domestic violence, and road accidents.

At MSF’s 130-bed Drouillard trauma hospital near Cité Soleil, staff provided emergency care to 19,700 patients, carried out 8,000 surgical procedures, treated 480 people with burns in the dedicated burn unit, and provided medical and psychological support to 150 victims of sexual violence.

MSF treated 61,200 patients at its Martissant clinic, where it provided pediatric care, maternity services, internal medicine, cholera care, and mental health services.

In Léogâne, west of the capital, staff at MSF’s Chatuley hospital assisted 6,600 births and carried out 3,600 surgical procedures in a facility offering 24-hour emergency care, along with lab services, radiology, physiotherapy, mental health care, and outpatient care for pregnant women and children under five.

Overall, MSF treated nearly 25,000 people for cholera, while also distributing hygiene kits and conducting water chlorination and outreach activities.


At the end of 2012, MSF had 2,582 staff in the country. MSF has worked in the country since 1991.

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