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Doctors Without Borders Continues Its Work in Haiti

   Mar 14, 2024

Amid escalating violence and political unrest in Haiti, CharityWatch reached out to several Top-Rated charities with a history of working in the region to understand what aid they are continuing to provide.

Doctors Without Borders responded to CharityWatch’s inquiry on March 12, 2024. We hope you find this information useful as you consider how best to support Haitian relief efforts during this difficult time.

Is your organization still operating in Haiti? If yes, please describe your operations there. 

"Yes, Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF, operates medical facilities and health programs in and around the capital Port-au-Prince and in Haiti's South region. All of our medical facilities provide care free of charge to patients. 

These include: 


  • MSF's trauma and burn Hospital in the Tabarre area of Port-au-Prince, providing medical and surgical care, physiotherapy and psychological support to victims of road accidents, major burns, bullet wounds and knife wounds.  

  • MSF's emergency center in the Cité Soleil area of Port-au-Prince. The center includes an emergency department, services for survivors of sexual violence and an outpatient clinic. 

  • MSF's emergency center in the Turgeau area of Port-au-Prince (reopened since March 6, 2024). 

  • MSF’s trauma hospital in Carrefour, located just to the west of Port-au-Prince. It is a new 25-bed facility that MSF opened on March 4, 2024. 

  • MSF’s Pran Men’m clinic for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, located in Port-au-Prince. The clinic remains open 24/7. 

  • MSF's maternity hospital in Port-à-Piment, in Haiti's Sud (South) department. MSF provides comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care at the Port-à-Piment maternity hospital. MSF also supports sexual and reproductive health activities in the area's health centers." 

In light of the political instability that has escalated in recent days, can you share how your organization is responding? Specifically, are you working to evacuate your staff, contractors, or other contacts, or, are you continuing to provide aid, and in what capacity?

"The medical programs mentioned above are continuing. We saw an increase in patients with gunshot wounds and patients with traumatic injuries due to the escalating violence and political unrest since February 28."

"In response, we added 25 beds for trauma patients at our hospital in Tabarre, reaching a temporary total of 75 beds for trauma patients in the facility. We accelerated our timetable for opening the Carrefour trauma hospital and for reopening the Turgeau emergency center due to the increased needs since February 28."

"Since the escalation of the violence from February 28 onward, we have temporarily suspended mobile clinics in several areas of Port-au-Prince and intend to begin them again when it is safe to do so."

Are you currently collecting donations specifically for Haiti relief currently being conducted in the country? If so, can you share a link to that specific donation page?

"We collect donations globally for our programs and are not asking donors to restrict their donations specifically for Haiti at this time. For this reason we do not have a web page currently soliciting restricted donations for Haiti. Donors may, however, restrict their donation to our Haiti programs if they choose, by contacting our donor services team."

Can you share your imminent, future plans for conducting charitable work in Haiti? Meaning, do you intend to evacuate your staff, contractors, or other contacts, or do you at this time intend to continue your work there?

"We have worked in Haiti since 1991 and intend to continue working in the country for the foreseeable future because the unmet medical and humanitarian needs are high and are only increasing. The large majority of our staff are Haitian. Our internationally mobile staff remain in the country as well."

"Prior to February 28, we have regularly had internationally mobile staff arriving and departing the country, but the closure of the Port-au-Prince airport has delayed arrivals and departures. We also currently face difficulties in accessing medical cargo at the port. We continue to look for solutions to bring in needed supplies and personnel and for staff to exit the country according to our plans."

Is there any additional information you would like to share?

"Please see our website doctorswithoutborders.org for updates on our Haiti operations and on other contexts." 


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