H.E. DR. SASA WELCOMES EUROPEAN UNION ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2 MILLION EUROS IN COVID-19 ASSISTANCE, AND 20.5 MILLION EUROS IN HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE PEOPLE OF MYANMAR
11 August 2021
We are extremely thankful to the people and leaders of the European Union for this generous donation and mobilization of €2 million euros in emergency assistance to help fight the third wave of Covid-19 Delta variant currently surging across Myanmar, and for the generous allotment of €20.5 million euros in humanitarian aid for the people of Myanmar who have suffered so much for so long under the hands of this brutal military junta regime in Myanmar. We have been urgently requesting the help of the international communities for the brave people of Myanmar in the areas of food security, shelter and health, and we are extremely thankful for this lifesaving and critically needed aid.
We once again reiterate our sincerest thanks to the European Union for the solidarity, leadership and generosity that they have shown to the brave people of Myanmar. We are facing a deepening political crisis which is also now turning into a Covid-19 crisis and humanitarian catastrophe under the hands of the military junta’s reign of terror. We hope and pray that the UN and ASEAN monitory and safety channels which exist for the wellbeing of all the world’s citizens will act quickly through the UN Security Council mechanism to protect and provide supplies and safety for the relief workers and medical personnel in Myanmar, in order to deliver these generous donations to the people of Myanmar who are in most desperate and dire need.
The European Union’s Official Announcement:
“In response to the ongoing rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar, the European Commission has mobilised €2 million in emergency assistance to actions helping to fight the pandemic in the country.
“Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The EU stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar in this difficult time. With this funding, given the challenges of a fragile health system in the country, the EU will be helping in providing treatment to COVID-19 cases. The people of Myanmar continue to suffer from the rampant violence since the takeover by the military junta and it is of great concern that the medical sector is increasingly being targeted. The EU strongly condemns these attacks and calls for the protection of medical workers in respect of International Humanitarian Law. Medical workers are putting their life on the line to save people – they should be able to carry out their work in safety and the humanitarian access to medical facilities should be guaranteed.”
“The funding, allocated to trusted and independent humanitarian organisations, will help to support:
• the procurement and use of medicines for COVID-19 treatment, oxygen and related equipment, personal protective equipment and provide technical medical support
• emergency healthcare, first aid and water, sanitation and hygiene related activities in response to the latest COVID-19 wave
• home-based clinical management and stabilisation through tele-medicine and care corners.
“The EU continues to support vulnerable people in Myanmar. In addition to the funding announced today, in 2021, the European Union allocated €20.5 million in humanitarian aid to address the immediate needs of displaced and conflict- affected communities in Myanmar.”
On behalf of the people of Myanmar, we once again reiterate our sincere thanks to the people and leaders of the European Union for your gracious cooperation, solidarity and generosity in this darkest moment in the history of our country.
H.E. Dr. Sasa
Union Minister of the Ministry of International Cooperation Spokesperson of the National Unity Government of Myanmar Former Myanmar Special Envoy to the United Nations