International medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said it has suspended its emergency work in Sa’dah, Yemen, following a local government council’s implementation of new conditions on the operations of humanitarian and non-governmental organizations in the governorate.
The conditions, announced Sept. 15 by a government council in charge of overseeing humanitarian affairs in the Sa’dah governorate, include a ban on independent medical assessments in the region and on foreign subversion of medical activities.
MSF said the council also asked the organization to replace the Ministry of Health workers in its staff with employees proposed by the council.
“These new conditions would greatly affect our possibility to guarantee the quality and effectiveness of our work”, Vipul Chowdhary, MSF’s representative in Yemen, said in a statement. “We had no choice but to suspend our activities”.
MSF said it is willing to consult and discuss with local authorities to find common ground that would allow it to resume its operations in Sa’dah, where it has been engaged in various emergency medical activities since 2007.
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