Following the June 2012 outbreak of violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, our Rangoon-based delegation rapidly set up a permanent presence in Sittwe, the state capital.
Working closely with the Myanmar Red Cross, we are today evacuating the sick and wounded who cannot get to health facilities on their own and giving first aid to the injured.
Joint ICRC-Myanmar Red Cross teams are also working in camps for displaced persons, renovating sanitation and supplying clean water for thousands.
Georges Paclisanu, who heads our delegation in Myanmar, recently returned from Sittwe. He describes our efforts to provide access to healthcare in areas where, despite communal tensions, ICRC-Myanmar Red Cross teams have been accepted and have developped a significant assistance response.