Two years after the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince, nearly 500,000 displaced Haitians are still living in extremely precarious conditions. MSF is still working to contain the cholera epidemic and to provide emergency medical care. Access to free care in Haiti remains indeed virtually non-existent for people who live in precarious conditions, those who are far from urban centers or those who can not afford health care in the private facilities that exist in Haiti.
In the aftermath of the earthquake of January 2010, MSF launched the largest emergency response in its history, providing care for 358,000 people, making 16,570 surgical operations and making 15,100 deliveries over a 10-months period. During the cholera epidemic, MSF set up an unprecedented operation with more than 75 health care facilities and 4,000 personnel deployed throughout Haiti at the height of the crisis. Nearly 170,000 patients were treated between October 2010 and November 2011. To anticipate a possible new outbreak, MSF has established an emergency preparedness plan for a rapid medical response. In addition, MSF currently runs four hospitals specialized in emergency surgical care in Haiti.