Right to health

Right to health

This issue includes health conditions and the provision of medical care in eastern Burma. Villagers’ health is impacted directly by adverse human rights conditions, from armed conflict-related abuses, including the use of landmines and violent abuse, torture or attacks against civilians, to the destruction of food security through land confiscation and forced labour. Poor health conditions are exacerbated by the denial of humanitarian access for groups providing medical care. Blocks on the transport of medical supplies have resulted in the death of civilians from preventable diseases, attacks on hospitals or medical facilities by Tatmadaw troops have resulted in the destruction of clinics, or their temporary or permanent closure, and shoot-on-sight practices by Tatmadaw troops have resulted in death or injury to civilians. Armed conflict-related displacement, particularly where prolonged, also leads to a marked deterioration of health conditions and exposure to diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and cholera.In response to the obstruction of medical support, villagers attempt to claim their right to health and adequate health care by hiding and sharing medical supplies and seeking assistance from the small number of organisations that have been able to provide medical services in remote areas. Villagers also covertly transport medicine, facing accusations of supporting NSAGs and the risk of arbitrary arrest, detention, and summary execution if they encounter Tatmadaw patrols. Given the exorbitant cost of medical supplies at clinics, hospitals and pharmacies in larger towns, villagers may also respond by using locally-available traditional medicines.

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