Myanmar: Latest MSF Updates

This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

MSF continued to work with the Ministry of Health to support care for HIV and TB patients, primary health care, and vaccination activities. In Yangon, MSF provided care to 16,869 patients with HIV, TB, and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) at two clinics, and started its first patient on extensively drug-resistant TB treatment as part of the endTB program. In Kachin state, despite intensifying conflict, MSF provided care to 11,020 patients with HIV, TB, and MDR-TB. Teams also conducted mental health consultations at a camp for internally displaced people. In Shan state, MSF provided treatment to 4,628 patients with HIV and MDR-TB, and a mobile team conducted primary health care consultations across the north. MSF remained the main provider of HIV care in Dawei, Tanintharyi region, treating 2,355 people with the disease in 2016 and supporting the National AIDS Program’s efforts to decentralize treatment.

Despite access restrictions and a worsening political situation in Wa Special Region 2, MSF conducted over 9,000 outpatient consultations through fixed and mobile clinics and supported Ministry of Health vaccination campaigns. MSF also supported the catch-up vaccination campaign for 10,951 children under five in Lahe township, Sagaing region.

In northern Rakhine, the October 9 attacks on border police prompted a complete lock-down on all humanitarian assistance, leaving thousands of patients without access to primary health care for over two months. MSF conducted just over 2,000 medical consultations during the last quarter of 2016, compared to the roughly 15,000 anticipated, based on the monthly average. A partial resumption of programs was allowed in mid-December. Checkpoints hindered access to emergency and specialist care, particularly for the Rohingya. Movement restrictions for international staff also prevented MSF from providing support to its teams and raising awareness about urgent humanitarian needs in the area.

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