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.
Doctors Without Borders received a letter from regional authorities “asking us to suspend all activities” in Dawei, where it has provided HIV care for over two decades.
The charity said, “Suspending…activities could be life-threatening for many of our patients at a time when public services remain severely disrupted.”
Almost all public hospitals remain closed following the country’s February coup with doctors joining a huge civil strike, leaving the health care system incapacitated.
The charity reached out to authorities to “understand” the decision, which it said would impact 2,162 people living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral treatment.
The charity also warned of the risk of further disease transmission, including tuberculosis.