In mid-2022, we resumed the handover of some of our HIV patients to the Ministry of Health. In 2015, we had begun working with the ministry to transfer patients to the national AIDS programme. This was postponed when the military seized power in 2021.
In early 2022, as COVID-19 cases declined, we closed the three dedicated centers that we had set up in Yangon, Hpakant, and Myitkyina.
Following an escalation in conflict in Rakhine state in August, the military-imposed restrictions on movements of people and goods, including medications. This meant that we were unable to run our mobile clinics for four months, which further curtailed access to health care for people living in vulnerable circumstances. Only emergency referrals were allowed during this period. In December, we resumed services in some locations; however, not at full scale.
In Kachin and Shan states, we responded to people fleeing violence by providing medical assistance and distributing relief items such as hygiene and cooking kits.