Student Portrait

Although I have worked primarily as a medical clinician in the past, I also have experience in management and strategic planning. In my recent position at Burnet Institute, I had multiple responsibilities including human resource management, strategic planning, communication, organizational development, budgeting, and technical assistance. I utilized information technologies such as mobile data collection and led both the Burnet malaria team and a local partner organization. Given this partner’s lack of malaria project experience, I needed to lead them in multiple facets including malaria disease research, project management, and government relations. Among the subjects of the healthcare management program at STI Myanmar University that draw my attention are healthcare planning and business management, subjects that will help me advance in my career.

I strongly believe that upgrading the education and healthcare systems of society will improve living standards in Myanmar. I have always been taught to serve the most vulnerable communities, using the knowledge I gained from my parents. Working in remote, conflict-affected areas for two years allowed me to assess the social status quo and gain a deeper understanding of various ethnic minorities, which led me to better understand the importance of improving the healthcare system.

I am also involved in advocating to the government and policy makers that improving healthcare in society will reduce poverty. This would lead to economic and job opportunities for members of the ethnic minorities and bring all-inclusive development that benefits Myanmar in particular and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. In addition to these efforts, the country is still in need of qualified administration specialists that can further drive the healthcare improvement process. My ultimate goal is to fill this need gap by becoming an expert in the healthcare management sector.

 About Zaw

  • Age: 30
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • STI Myanmar University
  • Master’s, Hospital and Health Services Management
  • 2nd Year in Program

Goals & Dreams

  • Lead a successful healthcare organization that serves the people of Myanmar
  • Become an expert in healthcare management
  • Travel around the world

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $6,000
  • Amount Left To Fund: $1,550
  • Contract Duration: 12 years
  • Status: Prefunded by Zomia
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Becoming a master’s student in healthcare management will enable me to expand my leadership skills and my understanding of management concepts. Consequently, I will be equipped with a wide variety of training experiences, develop a wider professional network, and exchange diverse leadership perspectives with global and national teachers. Moreover, I am keen to digitize the patient records system of general practitioners in the near future, so any knowledge I can gain from the program to help achieve this goal will be useful.

I also expect to learn new skills and best practices which can be utilized to meet the vision of our organization, which is to improve the well-being of Myanmar society. During this historically challenging era, I am excited to have an opportunity to play a role in advancing the country’s prosperity. The future of Myanmar’s development depends on the quality of today’s young leaders, and it is undoubtedly true that my strong desire—together with the capacity building to come through the Master of Healthcare Management program—will allow me to reach my ultimate goals of serving my country and community.

Written by Zaw with editing assistance from Ken, one of Zomia’s volunteer editors.

Zaw

Zaw

“Working in remote, conflict-affected areas for two years allowed me to assess the social status quo and gain a deeper understanding of various ethnic minorities, which led me to better understand the importance of improving the healthcare system.”

Zaw

Zaw

“Being from a marginalized community and a citizen of a developing country, I strongly believe that upgrading the education and healthcare systems of society are necessary to improve the standard of living.”

Q&A With Zaw

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
Working in a mobile health clinic for people in remote areas Myanmar
How would your friends describe you?
Trustworthy, friendly, a counselor
What is the one thing that isn’t taught in school but should be?
Effective networking
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
Public Health
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
Speaking in front of a large audience
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
Travel around the world and meet new people
Where would you most like to travel?
Jerusalem
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
In a village after six hours walking in the knee-deep mud

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