MSF To Withdraw Programs From Thailand

The international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has announced it is set to wind down its operations in Thailand, where the group’s work centers mostly on assisting refugees from Myanmar and migrant workers.

The head of MSF’s mission in Thailand said the planned withdrawal is a result of “increased tension” on the group’s resources because of its recent emergency programs in Libya, Syria and the Horn of Africa, among other crisis-laden countries, Mizzima reports.

MSF did not announce an exact date on when it plans to completely close its programs in Thailand, the news agency adds.

Local health authorities and organizations, meanwhile, have voiced concern over the possible effects of MSF’s withdrawal from the country, particularly for Myanmar refugees living along the Myanmar-Thai border.

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