MSF's Jude Anne Hospital, located on the outskirts of the slum areas of Port au Prince, offers emergency obstetric care to pregnant women who are vulnerable and often victims of urban violence. MSF opened Jude Anne Hospital in March 2006. By December 2006, the number of pregnant women seeking emergency care at the hospital skyrocketed from 300 to 1300 patients a month. Almost one year after opening Jude Anne, MSF is delivering an average of 40 babies a day at the hospital.

Since 7 April 2008, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have treated more than 31 wounded patients, including 15 people with gunshot wounds, in MSF-operated hospitals in the Haitian capital city, Port-au-Prince. Most of the patients were wounded when demonstrators in the city protested against rapidly increasing living costs, especially sharp increases in the price of basic food items.

After Hurricane Gustav made landfall last week, Tropical Storm Hanna caused serious damage to Haiti’s coastline on September 1 and September 2. Many towns are flooded and remain difficult, if not impossible, to access.

Some areas cut off from assistance

Haiti Activity Update

A month after the last tropical storms and hurricanes hit Haiti, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams have found an entire village completely submerged and its 2400 remaining inhabitants stranded without help.

Médecins Sans Frontières denounces the inefficiency of emergency response in Gonaïves

Praville is one of those small hamlets in Gonaïves, in the north of the country, partially located on a raised piece of land and, therefore, partly protected against the torrents of mud which ravaged the fourth largest city in the country. It is here on rocky ground that numbers of families who lost everything settled. The wind-swept land is vast and offers a broad view of the ocean. But the idyllic description stops here. There were close to 2000 people here on Thursday October 16; there were 900 last Friday.

Médecins Sans Frontières struggling to provide care