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Haiti fuel crisis: MSF forced to cut back its activities at Tabarre Hospital

October 27th, 2021- A fuel shortage in Haiti in recent days is threatening access and continuity of medical care in the country, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today. At its trauma hospital in Tabarre, Port au Prince, MSF has been forced to limit patients and is only treating life-threatening emergencies. The functioning of many other medical structures, both private and public, has also been disrupted.

Several victims of the earthquake have been transferred to Tabarre trauma center for treatment. (August 2021.)

MSF calls to stakeholders

In light of the urgent needs, MSF calls on the various stakeholders to take rapid measures to facilitate the supply of fuel to health structures.

“Without fuel, we can’t run our hospital,” said Dr Kanouté Dialla, Manager of the Tabarre hospital.

"We are doing our best to maintain our activities by adapting them from day to day, but this situation is unsustainable"

[Dr KANOUTé dialla][manager of tabarre hospital]

"The hospital is the only center in the country specializing in the treatment of severe burns.”

The patio in Tabarre hospital. (August 2021.)
Due to the failing electricity network, MSF facilities use generators to run the various medical services, including the centre dedicated to treating severe burns.

Fuel shortage impacts standard of care

The current fuel shortage jeopardizes its ability to operate.

The fuel shortage has also greatly affected the ability of MSF staff to reach the hospital, which impacts the standard of care at the trauma center.

In the streets around Tabarre hospital. (December 2020.)

“Today, only 10 percent of the staff is able to get to work,” said Dr Dialla.

“We organize shuttles to transport our staff and ensure the minimum rotations necessary for the hospital to operate."

Increased workload

"This considerably increases the workload of the medical staff present. Such a situation is untenable.”

The MSF Emergency Center in the Turgeau district of Port-au-Prince, which refers patient to Tabarre Hospital, is also affected by the crisis.

The Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) of Tabarre Hospital. (August 2021.)
It is becoming increasingly difficult for the center to refer its patients who need hospital treatment.

“More than half of the patients received at Tabarre Hospital are transferred from Turgeau Emergency Center,” said the Désiré Kimanuka, Head of the Emergency Center.

"If services are reduced, these patients may not receive the treatment they need"

[Désíré kimanuka][head of turgeau emergency center]

Outside in the streets of Port-au-Prince on the way to the MSF Tabarre hospital. (December 2020.)

Addtional challenges 

The fuel shortage is an additional challenge to an already complicated security situation.

Due to the volatility of this context and significant medical needs, MSF continues to adapt its projects in order to maintain its healthcare services for the Haitian population.

The Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) of Tabarre Hospital. (December 2020.)

MSF has worked in Haiti for over 30 years.

Today, activities focus on responding to life-saving medical emergencies for people affected by violence, burns, road accidents, sexual violence and maternity services.

Recently, MSF has developed activities for displaced people in several areas of Port-au-Prince, and intervened in several healthcare structures, in particular those of Jérémie and Les Cayes, following a powerful earthquake which struck the south of the island on August 14

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