Myanmar: Victims of recent clashes must have access to healthcare
Yangon, 18 June 2012 — With continued tension and unrest in Rakhine state,
MSF's clinics and staff were put in danger when violence erupted in Rakhine state on 9 June 2012. MSF was forced to suspend most of its medical activities.
“MSF is extremely worried that victims of the clashes are not receiving emergency care, and about the ongoing healthcare needs of our patients,” said Joe Belliveau, MSF operations manager. “Our immediate concerns are to provide emergency medical services, get food and supplies to people, and get our HIV patients their lifesaving treatment.”
Denied access to Bangladesh
MSF is disturbed by reports that the
“People seeking refuge and in need of food, water and medical care should be allowed to cross the border,” said Belliveau. “In both
20 years of medical services
MSF has been providing medical services for 20 years in Rakhine, focusing on maternal health and infectious diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. In 2011, MSF conducted more than 487,000 consultations, and has over 600 patients on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV/AIDS. In addition to meeting immediate emergency needs, getting MSF’s regular programmes back on track is critical to the longer-term health and well-being of people from all communities throughout the state.
In all of its activities worldwide, MSF’s sole aim is to ensure that the most vulnerable people - regardless of ethnicity, origin or religion - receive the medical humanitarian assistance they require. MSF’s medical programme in