June 18, 2012
Reacting to a wave of deadly religious violence, Doctors Without Borders said on June 12 it has suspended its work in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. "Suspension of activities means the disruption of life-saving primary health care, including the provision of urgent antiretroviral treatment to HIV-positive patients," DWB said in a statement. DWB is one of the few international aid groups working in Rakhine; since 1992, it has been treating diseases there, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. "[DWB] is concerned about the safety of all its patients and staff," the statement said, and hopes to resume work soon to avoid the unnecessary loss of life. Recent clashes between Muslims and Buddhists have left some 25 people dead.