Short Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Health (JANUARY 2016)


Chair, Preventive & Social Medicine Society, Myanmar Medical Association
Chair, Ethics Review Committee, Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health
Executive Committee Member, Myanmar Academy of Medical Science
Vice - Chair, Liver Foundation, Yangon


WHO, Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India (1994 to 2010)
Ministry of Health (MoH), Myanmar (1976 to 1994)
Professional work history in the MoH, Myanmar

1976 – 1979

Demonstrator, Department of Anatomy, Institute of Medicine 1, Department of Health Manpower, MoH

1979 - 1981

Demonstrator, Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, Institute of Medicine 1, Department of Health Manpower, MoH

1981 - 1991

Malariologist/Epidemiologist, VBDC Programme Headquarters, Department of Health, MoH

1991 – 1992

Health Systems Research Unit in Charge, Department of Health, MoH

1992 – 1994

Chief - International Health Division, Minister’s Office, MoH


Professional work history in WHO-SEARO

1994 - 2000

Regional Adviser – Medical Research

2000 - 2002

Regional Adviser - Evidence for Health Policy

2002 - 2004

Coordinator - Regional Director’s Office & Liaison with WHO country offices

2004 -2006

Chief - Internal Review & Technical Assessment, Regional Director’s Office

2006 – 2010

Director - Programme Management

(While serving as Director, Programme Management, the following activities, in collaboration with professional staff members of WHO, were carried out to provide effective support to Member Countries in their health development efforts.)

Academic Credentials

MBBS, Institute of Medicine (1), 1973

DP&TM, Diploma in Preventive & Tropical Medicine, Institute of Medicine (1), 1979 (passed with distinctions in Public Health Administration, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Environmental Health & Microbiology)

MPH, Institute of Public Health, University of the Philippines Systems, 1982
DrPH, (International Health), Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA, 1992

Theses done

Construction and Comparison of Abridged Life Table of Extended Rangoon Population of 1963 and 1974, DP&TM dissertation, Institute of Medicine (1), Rangoon, Burma (1979)
The Barangay Health Workers Training Programme, MPH thesis, Institute of Public Health, Manila, Philippines (1982)
Stratification of Malarious Areas in the Union of Myanmar, DrPH thesis, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA (1992)

Main duty

Coordinating, supervising, managing and giving overall technical and administrative guidance to health professionals working in various units and departments in WHO-SEARO on the following health programmes being implemented in countries of the South-East Asia Region (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste):

Control of communicable diseases, including vector-borne diseases and zoonotic diseases and surveillance programmes.

Non-communicable and chronic diseases control programmes, including health promotion, tobacco control, accident and disability prevention and mental health promotion programmes.

Family and community health services including child and adolescent health, reproductive health, making pregnancy safer, nutrition, nursing and midwifery, immunization, research promotion and research management programmes.

Sustainable development and healthy environment, emergency and humanitarian assistance, occupational health, water sanitation and chemical safety programmes.

Health system development including primary health care promotion, human resources for health, gender and women’s health, patient safety, health information system, monitoring and evaluation of various public health programmes, essential and traditional medicine promotion and health system strengthening.

Directing, managing WHO biennial work plans to be carried out in countries of the South-East Asia Region in order to meet the needs of the Member Countries.

Overseeing conduct of consultations, workshops and training courses conducted by WHO in countries of South-East Asia Region.

Chairing and moderating technical sessions related to many technical subjects in many high-profile inter-country conferences and meetings.

Contributing technical inputs in the context of WHO technical programmes in policy development meetings such as Regional Committee sessions, Advisory Committee on Health Research meetings, and several technical meetings conducted at the regional and country level.

(from the book of Reflections of a Public Health Professional - Vol.1 by Dr. Myint Htwe)


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