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“They Don’t Care about the Sick, they only Care about Their Power” – Burma Army and Its BGF Militia Destroys Health Center

Pictures of the trail of destruction circulated widely on social media posts – rolls of bandages, needle packs, gloves and medicine boxes scattered and dirtied on the floor. Filing cupboards forced open and broken. The photos showing the wreckage were taken at the Phalan Taung (Phwa Gaw) Health Centre in Hpa-an Township of the Karen National Union’s Doo Tha Htu…

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COVID-19 Task Force: Plan to Accelerate Vaccination Campaign in Ethnic Areas

The Covid-19 Task Force (CTF) was formed on July 22 by the leaders of the Ethnic Health Committee (EHC) and the Ministry of Health of the National Unity Government (NUG) to effectively carry out Covid-19 prevention and control measures. Dr. Cynthia Maung, representing the Ethnic Health Committee will lead the CTF, Dr Zaw Wai Soe, the National Unity Government’s Health…

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COVID and Political Coup Mayhem Disrupt Childhood Immunization Programs in Karen State

Parents in rural areas of Karen State said they are unable to get their children immunized during Covid-19 outbreaks and because of the chaos caused by the military coup. A Kawkareik Township resident told Karen News children due to get their vaccinations are unable to do so as health centers, hospitals and clinics are closed. The Kawkareik Township resident explained…

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COVID-19 Cases Rises, Drug Shortages, Price Hikes Force Karen State Pharmacies to Close

Nan Khin Lin, a pharmacy shop owner in Hpa-an said people facing Covid-19’s third wave, are worried pharmacies would close, so they started hoarding medicine. Added to people’s concerns are that drugs companies have also stopped their distribution, creating shortages of medicine. Speaking to Karen News, Nan Khin Lin said she was concerned by the effect both factors would have…

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Burma’s COVID-19 Death Rates Continue to Climb – Military Coup Leaders Block Medical Equipment, Oxygen Supplies and Testing Remains Unavailable and Unaffordable

The reality behind the statistics is brutal. A health system that has been under-resourced and driven into the ground for decades by the military and who now lists doctors, nurses and health workers as targets for arrest. Humanitarian groups have reported there have been at least 200 attacks on health workers and facilities that have left at least 17 people…

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Ethnic Health Organizations: “Desperate Need for Direct and Increased International Support to Combat Public Health Crisis in Ethnic Areas

A statement put out by the Ethnic Health Committee (EHC), an alliance of Ethnic Health Organizations (EHOs), on May 6, 2021, said the flow of anti-coup protestors taking refuge in ethnic areas and the thousands of recently displaced villagers caused by fighting between ethnic armed organizations and the Burma Army, meant EHOs face lack material and financial support to assist…

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People Displaced by Burma Army in Karen State Facing Crisis – Aid Workers Call for Food, Medicine, Clean Water to be Urgently Delivered

Karen Civil Society Organizations, delivering and providing assistance to people fleeing the Burma Army have confirmed about 7,000 Karen villagers from Papun district, northern Karen State are hiding in the Thai-Burma border area. The villages were destroyed by the Burma’s air force in retaliation for seizure of a military base on the 27th of April by the Karen National Liberation…

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Stop Work! – Karen State Healthcare Workers Protest Against Military Coup

The Karen State healthcare civil servants put out a statement called for workers and civilians to join them to protest against the military detaining the democratically elected government and the take over of all three pillars of state power against the will of the people. Many health workers used social media to express their views that they would stand in…

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Government, Military Accused by Rights Group of Using COVID-19 Pandemic for Political Advantage – Burma Army Continues its Attacks on Ethnic People

Khin Ohmar, Chairperson of Progressive Voice the group behind the report said the army and government used the pandemic to distract attention away from ongoing offensives in ethnic regions. “The Myanmar military is making a mockery of the government’s ‘no one left behind’ policy. It is using COVID-19 as a cover in its ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity…

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Burma Closes Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge to Foreigners – Residents Worry Unofficial Crossings Still Operating

The Burma government has closed its Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge crossing to foreigners in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Burma government has said the border is closed to all foreigners with the exemption of Thai and Myanmar citizens. U Than Shwe, an immigration officer and the deputy in-charge of the Myawaddy-Mae Sot No.1 Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge…

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