April 2014 updates from MERCY Malaysia in Myanmar

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Sittwe, April 8, 2014 - The departure of many International non-government organizations, United Nation agencies and International Committee of the Red Cross from Sittwe last week has been a major concern for the international community.

Currently, it is estimated that there are 90,000 internally displaced people (IDP) in Sittwe, where MERCY Malaysia used to serve 6 IDP camps and 17,000 IDP in Pauk Taw which is accessible only by boat. The situation is dismal due to the lack of healthcare, water and food supplies.

As of April 4, 2014, MERCY Malaysia together with Rakhine State Health Department has already resumed to provide primary health care to Sittwe and Pauk Taw IDP camps.

MERCY Malaysia will continue to monitor the situation in Sittwe and work closely with the local health authority to provide medical services to the population that has been affected by inter-communal conflict since 2012 in Rakhine.