Honduras: Latest MSF Updates

 

This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

In Honduras, which has one of the highest rates of violence in the world, MSF continued its servicio prioritario (priority service) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to offer emergency medical and psychological care to victims of violence. This free, confidential, one-stop service was available at two health centers 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 included post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection and provide protection against other sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis B, and tetanus. MSF continued to advocate for victims of sexual violence to have access to medical care, including emergency contraception, in accordance with international protocols.

MSF also carried out activities in Tegucigalpa to improve control of the Aedes mosquito, the insect responsible for the transmission of zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Efforts included a geographical vector analysis and community outreach.

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