Doctors Without Borders Ordered To Stop Work In Myanmar City

Doctors Without Borders Ordered To Stop Work In Myanmar City

An international medical charity warned of "life-threatening" consequences for thousands of HIV and tuberculosis patients in Myanmar after it was ordered by the junta to stop work in a southern city.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Almost all public hospitals remain closed following the country's February coup, with many doctors joining a huge civil strike, leaving the healthcare system incapacitated.
  • MSF [aka Doctors Without Borders] added it had reached out to authorities to "understand" the decision. It said it would impact 2,162 people living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral treatment in the city.
  • The charity also warned of the risk of further disease transmission, including tuberculosis, as it has been filling gaps in the nation's faltering TB program since February.
  • The Red Cross said it was urgently ramping up efforts to meet the humanitarian needs of 236,000 people in Myanmar, which was already reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic before the coup struck.

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