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Myanmar paediatricians during military coup: we strike and survive
  1. Thet Htar Shwe Sin Win1,
  2. Myint Me Me2,
  3. Wah Wah Winn3,
  4. Kaung Myat Kyaw4
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, University of Medicine Magway, Magway, Myanmar
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, UK
  3. 3 Department of Paediatrics, Yangon Children Hospital, Yangon, Myanmar
  4. 4 Neurology Department, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Myint Me Me, Department of Paediatrics, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, UK; myintmeme85{at}

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After Myanmar military coup on 1 February 2021, medical professionals and other government staff went on strike, joining the civil disobedience movement (CDM).1 The junta’s security forces brutally suppressed CDM doctors and nurses providing voluntary medical services in the community even during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.2–4 Medical university boards and professional bodies were replaced by promilitary persons.

Healthcare for paediatric population was mainly provided by government and private sectors. The government funded building, equipment, limited medications and staff for free care at civil hospitals. However, patients have to pay full cost for private care. Almost all of the government staff work in private practice out of hours to provide adequate financial income.

Being at risk of death and torture, a group of CDM paediatricians and paediatric trainees founded the Spring Doctors for Children (SDC) on 3 June 2021 to deliver quality paediatric care to the community in a different way, support each other and maintain professional development.

Out of 631 paediatricians and 124 paediatric trainees working in government hospitals, 150 …

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  • Contributors MMM did the planning, data collection and write-up of the article. THSSW was involved in planning, data checking and review of the article’s final draft. WWW did data collection and review of the article’s final draft. KMK was involved in planning, data calculation and advice on writing, and English-language review of the article.

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