Phyo Thi Ha

Phyo Thi Ha - 2017 Nominee
Position: Medical Quality Assurance and Capacity Building Officer
Organization: DKT International
Current Location: Myanmar, South East Asia
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science from University of Medicine (1), Yangon
After 4 years as a Family Planning Service Provider, Dr Phyo Thiha is now a nationwide well-known author/blogger writing about Family Planning, SRHR and Gender issues, raising awareness in Myanmar. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have been working in the field of SRH and family planning since I graduated from University of Medicine (1) in 2012. Firstly, I worked at Marie Stopes International, a reputable organization in family planning service delivery, as a service provider, clinical trainer and clinical quality assurance team member for more than 4 years. In addition, I started to write the blogs on social media and the articles on printed media mainly on family planning, safe abortion, sexual violence, gender and sexuality education, and became well-known for presenting such sensitive issues in culturally appropriate and acceptable ways within a short period of time. Then, my facebook page and own website are reliable and accessible sources of information on family planning and SRH especially for young people.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As one of the least developing countries in the world, Myanmar has so many challenges to overcome. Among all sectors to be improved, health sector is the most neglected one. After working in SRH field, I realized that family planning is the best-buy approach in reducing maternal and child mortality, promoting economic development, empowering the women and ensuring gender equality, and helping the country to move forward. So, I have been devoting the ideas, effort and time in family planning.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

To increase the access to quality information, I am writing youth-friendly, culturally appropriate and experience-based articles on social and printed media. Through digital media, many people are asking me private questions related with family planning and getting comprehensive and complete information. In Myanmar, it's an outstanding approach and a great opportunity for the people to consult with a doctor privately and easily online. In addition, I am uploading informative videos online.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

If I was named a winner of 120 under 40, people would become more aware of my work and it would be a great chance to improve health communication channels I am using. I will use the 1,000$ grant to increase the access of the people to quality SRH and family planning information by promoting my facebook page and website online, organizing public awareness, stakeholders and parental advocacy sessions in peri-urban and rural areas, and making animation and interview videos to attract the audience.

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