United Nations announces firm commitment for Rakhine State

Checks of customers’ temperatures at a shopping mall entrance in Myanmar Checks of customers’ temperatures at a shopping mall entrance in Myanmar Man Aihua (UN News)

01 September 2020

The United Nations confirms its commitment to maintain its support for Myanmar's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak

The United Nations (UN) has firmly supported the Government of Myanmar in its humanitarian, public health and socio-economic response efforts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation is particularly critical for the Rakhine State, which is experiencing a surge in locally transmitted cases. In addition, the government has imposed the closure of the Internet in the last two years in this conflict area, which does not allow the spread of information for the prevention of COVID-19.

The UN interventions included the delivery of 95,000 test kits to increase testing capabilities, the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), support for the return of migrant workers, and socio-economic support, while ensuring the continuation of regular humanitarian response and development programs. Moreover, the UN has also provided funds for Sittwe General Hospital with the provision of medical equipment and supplies.

Access to prompt and reliable information on COVID-19 risks and preventive measures is essential to ensure people's safety.  Therefore, the UN reiterates its call to the parties in conflict for a ceasefire in order to allow safe access to assistance for all communities in need.


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