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Honduras continues to experience high levels of political, economic and social instability, and has one the world’s highest rates of violence.

A republic in Central America, Honduras – home to 9 million people - became independent from Spanish rule in 1821.

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated the country with at least 5,000 people killed and 70 percent of the country's crops destroyed.

The damage was estimated at US$3 billion. The Honduran President at the time said 50 years of progress had been reversed.

Honduran society is rife with economic inequality. Malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are widespread.

It is also has one of the most dangerous cities in the world – the murder rate in San Pedro Sula is 51 people per 100,000 per year. Yet, the medical consequences of violence are not considered as a public health emergency. 

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first worked in Honduras in 1974. In fact, our response to Hurricane Fifi-Orlene was our first long-term medical mission.  

Our work in the country has since provided a response to armed conflict, social violence, healthcare exclusion and endemic/epidemic diseases.


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MSF's work in Honduras: 2017

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 Hondurans.

In March 2017, MSF started working at a mother and child clinic in Choloma, a rapidly expanding industrial city in northern Honduras that is notorious for its high levels of violence.
Until MSF opened the project, there were few healthcare facilities catering for the needs of women in the area. Many pregnant women were not receiving antenatal care and delivery services remained extremely limited. The result was a high rate of medical complications among women of reproductive age.

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MSF teams in Choloma provide family planning, ante- and postnatal consultations, assist births, and offer psychosocial support to victims of violence, including victims of sexual violence.

In the capital, Tegucigalpa, 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 three different places in Tegucigalpa, including the city’s main hospital.

Medical treatment for rape includes post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV and hepatitis B infections and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis and gonorrhoea. In addition, counselling, group therapy and psychological first aid are available.

In accordance with international protocols, MSF continues to advocate access to comprehensive medical care for victims of sexual violence in Honduras, where emergency contraception is still banned.

find out more in our international activity report >

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