Honduras has experienced years of political, economic and social instability, and has one the highest rates of violence in the world. This has medical, psychological and social consequences for the population.
MSF continued its servicio prioritario or priority service in collaboration with the Honduran Ministry of Health, offering emergency medical and psychological care to victims of violence, including sexual violence. This free, confidential, one-stop service is available at two health centres and in Tegucigalpa’s main hospital .
In 2015, MSF treated 1,367 victims of violence, including 593 victims of sexual violence, and carried out 1,436 mental health consultations. Medical treatment for rape includes post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection and provide protection against other sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis B and tetanus. Mental healthcare includes counselling and psychological first aid. MSF has also been involved in training and sensitising medical staff to the needs of victims of sexual violence, and ensuring the necessary human resources are available.
The emergency contraceptive pill remains banned in Honduras, despite ongoing debate in the Honduran Congress to change the policy on emergency contraception. MSF continues to advocate for access to medical care for victims of sexual violence (including emergency contraception) that is in accordance with international protocols. MSF has highlighted the psychological and medical consequences of pregnancy as a result of sexual assault.
No. staff in 2015: 46 | Expenditure: €1.2 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1974 | msf.org/honduras