Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on Myanmar’s de facto military government and other groups to take all steps to ensure people have safe and unhindered access to healthcare. Equally, medical staff must be able to provide life-saving care without attacks, detention or intimidation.
“What patients are worried about now is if they can access the clinic to get medication,” an MSF doctor in Kachin state said. “If the security forces at the checkpoints don’t let the patients pass, what can the medical personnel do for their patients?”
Media reports have shown emergency medical workers and first responders on the frontlines of peaceful protests being shot at with live rounds while trying to help the wounded. MSF partners have also witnessed raids on organisations providing first aid to injured protesters, and their supplies destroyed.