Our emergency center in the impoverished Martissant neighborhood treats and stabilizes patients with urgent needs, including severe asthma attacks, childhood medical emergencies, and injuries from violence and accidental trauma. In our trauma hospital in Tabarre, we offer emergency care, surgery, physiotherapy, and psychosocial care for trauma patients with life-threatening injuries, such as open bone fractures or bullet wounds to the chest or abdomen. We also supported the adult and pediatric emergency rooms at the Haiti State University Hospital by donating medical supplies, rehabilitating facilities, and training staff.
In May 2020, we repurposed our specialist burns hospital in the capital to treat patients with COVID-19, until August, when we returned to treating patients with complex burn injuries. Drouillard hospital is the only facility of its kind in Haiti and receives many referrals from areas where precarious living conditions increase the risk of domestic accidents, such as burns from stoves. In August, we also supported a local maternity center to reopen safely by screening patients for COVID-19 and providing training and personal protective equipment.
We continue to run our clinic for victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the capital’s Delmas 33 neighborhood, and in February opened a second one in Gonaïves, northern Haiti. In both, we train public hospital staff and work with local organizations to raise awareness of sexual violence and adolescent sexual health issues. To help victims reach medical services, we set up a confidential telephone hotline.
In the rural southwest, we support sexual and reproductive health services in health centers in Port-à-Piment and the surrounding area. We are gradually increasing our support for comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care in Port Salut.