How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Honduras
MSF has set up a mental health phone line for survivors of violence and sexual violence. An increase in mental health consultations has been recorded by the psychologists during the pandemic. MSF manages a health center in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa that is prepared to detect COVID-19 cases.
In Tegucigalpa, MSF started medical activities in an adapted center for patients with severe cases of COVID-19. Our objective was to help the metropolitan health system to keep the hospitals from being overwhelmed. This included mental health, social work and health promotion activities, which were completed in October.
The long-running Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) program in Honduras focuses on assisting victims of violence. This year we also responded to a dengue fever outbreak in the north.
Across Honduras, civilians are dealing with multiple crises including crime and conflict, sexual violence, and a dengue fever epidemic. In major cities like Tegucigalpa, corruption, fear or retribution, and limited access to essential health care often leave victims with no protection and few choices but to leave home in search of safety. Learn how you can best help in Honduras and other countries.
In 2019, MSF continued in Honduras to deliver comprehensive care to victims of violence, including sexual violence, 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 diseases such as syphilis. Counseling, group therapy, and psychological first aid are also available.
Another team at a mother and child clinic in Choloma assists births and offers family planning, ante- and postnatal consultations and psychological support to victims of violence, including sexual violence. Health promotion teams in this industrial city visit sites such as factories and schools to raise awareness of the clinic’s services and provide information about sexual and reproductive health for adolescents.
We continue to advocate access to comprehensive medical care for victims of sexual violence in Honduras, where emergency contraception is still banned. Please donate to support our work in Honduras and other countries around the world now.
During eight months in 2019, we responded to a dengue fever emergency in the north, mainly in Cortés department. In February, we deployed a team to support the pediatric dengue unit at the National Hospital Mario Catarino Rivas in San Pedro Sula city. Between February and April, as the number of cases kept growing, we triaged patients with a fever and fast-tracked them to the dengue unit. We also deployed staff to four general health care centers in Choloma, to take care of patients who did not need to be admitted to hospital.