Why are we here?

 Social Violence | Healthcare Exclusion

Honduras continues to experience high levels of political, economic and social instability and has one the world’s highest rates of violence. Women are among the worst affected by the medical, psychological and social consequences.  

In 2018, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) 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, counselling, group therapy and psychological first aid are available. In June, we opened a health centre in Nueva Capital, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa where many internally displaced people have settled.

Our services include primary healthcare, mental health consultations for victims of violence, social support and health promotion. With our community approach, we aim to help people overcome the barriers they face in accessing our service in the city centre.

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.

No. staff in 2018: 96 | Expenditure in 2018: €2.3 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1974 | msf.org/honduras