The health system in Burma (Myanmar) has come to a near standstill, rocked by ongoing violence and disruptions following the February 1 military coup.
- Soldiers have occupied major hospitals, evicted patients, and attacked health workers.
- Doctors and nurses at major public hospitals have joined civil disobedience strikes.
- Nearly all COVID-19 testing and treatment has stopped.
- National programs for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis have “shut down.”
“That’s raising really big flags for us about the hundreds of thousands of patients on anti-retrovirals for HIV,” putting a lot of lives at risk, says Pavlo Kolovos, Médecins Sans Frontières’s outgoing head of mission in the country.
The New Humanitarian