Violence à Port-au-Prince, Haïti ©Corentin Fohlen


People in Haiti continue to bear the brunt of political instability and escalating violence, which have pushed the healthcare system to the brink of collapse.

In Haiti, we provide care to victims of trauma, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, as well as sexual and reproductive care. With natural disasters regularly occurring in the country, emergency response also remains a central aspect of our work in the country.

Since the assassination of the Haitian President in 2021, the people of the capital Port-au-Prince have been struggling to survive as armed gangs, police, and civilian self-defence brigades fight in the streets of the city.

The already volatile situation has been deteriorating even further after an announcement on 28 February 2024 that elections would be postponed until as late as August 2025. 

More than 15,000 people were displaced in Port-au-Prince within just one week in early March 2024.

MSF's response

We are scaling up our medical activities to care for the mounting number of people injured in the escalating violence and political unrest that has engulfed the city.

Our teams currently run two trauma hospitals  in Tabarre and Carrefour, two emergency centres in Drouillard and Turgeau, and one centre for survivors of sexual violence in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. 

Mobile clinics have been temporarily suspended due to the volatile situation.

The dangerous situation in the streets due to armed clashes and barricades, and the many closures of medical facilities makes it virtually impossible to do referrals, adding to the pressure on the few facilities that are functional, including MSF’s.

Une partie d'un lot de projectiles de différents calibres que les médecins de MSF ont retiré des blessures de certains patients de MSF au Centre d'urgence de Turgeau.©Johnson Sabin
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