After the end of military dictatorship, Myanmar faces great political, economic and social changes. However, the still catastrophic situation of health care is hardly noticed. There is an urgent need for professionals to improve the medical sector. Mr. Zaw Zen LET born on June 23rd, 1992 in Mogaung Township, Kachin State, Myanmar was granted a Master’s Degree in public health at the Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand within the scholarship program of the Bettina-Kattermann Foundation, which is run by KAAD.
Zaw Zen Let’s report:
On 23rd June 2016, I graduated from Mahidol University with a Master in Public Health. Soon after that, I returned to my home country, Myanmar, and gave myself a short break in the village of my family. In August 2016, I started working for World Vision Myanmar as a “Health Knowledge Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist”
I have been working for World Vision Myanmar for about seven months now. The title of the project for which I am currently working is ENRICH. These six letters stand for “Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Africa and Asia”. ENRICH is implemented in only selected regions of Tanzania, Kenya, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar with the aim of improving the health and nutrition status of mothers, newborns and children. In Myanmar, World Vision is active in the Thaboung Township, Ayeyarwady Region. My office is located in the headquarters of World Vision Myanmar in Yangon and whenever needed I travel to Thaboung Township and other villages located within the area. In addition, it is a very important part of my work to travel to remote and hard-to-reach areas, some of which are accessible only by water routes. In fact, I am very pleased to be part of the ENRICH project, as it is my wish to serve people in whose communities health care services are urgently needed.
My Master Degree has equipped me with the professional skills and concepts necessary in effective health management. Now, I intend to practically apply those skills and concepts in my upcoming field work. I would like to give special thanks to KAAD and Bettina-Kattermann-Foundation for granting me a full scholarship in order to study at Mahidol University, one of the best universities in Asia.