Today, June 8, 2021, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was asked to suspend activities in the city of Dawei by regional authorities in Tanintharyi, in southern Myanmar. Until now, MSF has been able to maintain most medical programs around the country since the onset of the crisis almost four months ago. Adrian Guadarrama, MSF’s deputy program manager gave the following statement:
Today the MSF team in Dawei, in the Tanintharyi region, received a letter from the regional authorities asking us to suspend all activities.
This decision will affect 2,162 people living with HIV under MSF care in the Myittar Yeik clinic, who will struggle to access antiretroviral treatment. [It will also affect] tuberculosis (TB) patients, who, since February of this year, have been seeking care at MSF-supported facilities due to reduced services at the National TB program.