Between 16 April and 13 May, around 16,900 migrants from China entered Kachin and northern Shan. The major entry points seem to be shifting from Kachin to Shan State,mainly to Muse and Chin Shwe Haw border checkpoints, according to IOM. More than 1,500 migrants also returned through Chinshwehaw border gate in Laukkaing Township of northern Shan on 6 May. While some returning migrants were quarantined in Kachin and Shan, most were sent to their communities of origin in different states. PMI supported volunteers in their work in Kachin. Youth volunteers are being mobilized to help in the fight against COVID-19. Their contributions include disinfecting vehicles that carry migrant workers returning from China, arranging for returnees to be transferred to their hometowns, volunteering at quarantine centers and conducting awareness campaigns at camps for internally displaced people.
Volunteers response to the COVID-19 outbreak
– launch a COVID-19 joint task force with local churches and organisations to
reduce travel in the region, practice social distancing and reduce the number of
– invite health officials to present information about COVID-19 to villagers
– release videos in local languages providing health education to multiple tribal
groups across the region
– teach proper hand-washing techniques to the local community
Volunteers are providing COVID-19 prevention messaging in camps by posters and pamphlets were distributed in numerous village tracts.