Violence and obstruction against health care has occurred throughout the country since the beginning of the 2021 coup.
Hospitals have been raided and occupied and ambulances shot at. Health workers have been arrested, injured, and in some cases killed in close-range shootings. They have also been prevented from treating wounded protesters and emergency medical teams have been shot at with live rounds while trying to retrieve or treat injured civilians. Insecurity Insight monitors such attacks. Our data is available to download here.
2022 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Factsheet
Based on Insecurity Insight data, the SHCC identified 271 incidents of violence against or obstruction of access to health care in Myanmar in 2022, compared to 474 in 2021. In these incidents, 112 health workers were arrested and 27 were killed. Additionally, health facilities were damaged or destroyed on at least 46 occasions and raided 32 times. A total of 103 incidents were related to the ongoing political protests following the February 2021 military coup. The full chapter is accessible here.
Explore our Attacked and Threatened: Health Care at Risk interactive global map to see incidents where health workers were killed, kidnapped or injured and incidents where health facilities were damaged or destroyed since 2016.