With its long history of political, economic, and social instability, Honduras is among the countries in Central America most affected by poverty and insecurity.
In 2018, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières continued to offer comprehensive care to victims of violence, including sexual violence, in various clinics in the capital, Tegucigalpa. Our teams provide medical treatment for rape, including post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV and hepatitis B infection, and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis and gonorrhoea. In addition, counseling, group therapy, and psychological first aid are available.
In June, we opened a health center in Nueva Capital, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa where many internally displaced people have settled. Our services include primary health care, mental health consultations for victims of violence, social support, and health promotion. With our community approach, we aim to help patients overcome the barriers they face in accessing our service in the city center.
In Choloma, in the north of the country, we have a team working at a mother and child clinic, offering family planning, ante- and postnatal consultations, psychosocial support to victims of violence, including victims of sexual violence, as well as assisting deliveries. Health promotion teams visit different sites in this industrial city, such as factories and schools, to raise awareness of the services available in the clinic and to provide information about sexual and reproductive health for adolescents.
In accordance with international protocols, we continue to advocate access to comprehensive medical care for victims of sexual violence in Honduras, where emergency contraception is still banned.