Thin Zaw, Phyu Phyu


Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Division of Health Economics, Policy and Management

  • MBBS (Mdy), MPP (Oxford), PhD (PSU), FHEA (UK)
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Dr. Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw is a Lecturer at the School of Public Health in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong. She is a research scientist, epidemiologist and health systems specialist with 12 years of work experience in the government sector. Her research interests are equity, health and education policies, Southeast Asia health systems and policies, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, poverty eradication, and human rights issues.

After receiving her MBBS degree from the University of Medicine (Mandalay), Phyu Phyu worked as a civil assistant surgeon for two years at a public hospital. In 2009 she became an active researcher at the Department of Medical Research (Upper Myanmar). She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2013. In 2014, she became a WHO/HRP career development fellow (Visiting Scholar) at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, USA and studied the current trends of Myanmar health policies, health care disparities across Southeast Asia as well as some specific reproductive health programs of the country. In 2017 she received a scholarship to study at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, UK completing a Master of Public Policy degree in 2018.

Prior to working for the University of Hong Kong, she worked as a national technical expert at Oxford Policy Management, UK. She was also as a Visiting Professor at Chiang Mai University’s School of Public Policy assisting the faculty in graduate teaching, conducting her own research, and holding seminars. She is also a public health and policy consultant giving technical advice to think tanks and non-governmental organisations.

Selected Publications
  1. Fan X, Ning K, Ma TSW, Aung Y, Tun HM, Thin Zaw PP, Flores FP, Chow MSC, Leung CMC, Lun P, Chang WC, Leung GM, Ni MY. Post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety during the 2021 Myanmar conflict: a nationwide population-based survey. The Lancet regional health. Southeast Asia.
  2. Thin Zaw PP, McNeil E, Kyaw Oo, Liabsuetrakul T, Thien Thien Htay. Abstinence-Only or Comprehensive Sex Education at Myanmar Schools: Preferences among Students, Teachers, Parents, and Policy Makers. Sex Education. 2020. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2020.1749043
  3. Thin Zaw, Phyu Phyu et al. Disparities in health and health care in Myanmar. The Lancet, Volume 386, Issue 10008, 2053. November 21, 2015. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00987-3
  4. Yi Yi Myint, Thinzar Aung, Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw, Myo Ko Ko Kyaw, Jun Cheng, Satoshi Maruyama, Manabu Yamazaki, Tatsuya Abé, Takashi Saku,
    Influencing factors of oral mucosal changes among residents with betel quid chewing habits in Taungoo district, Myanmar: a community-based clinicopathological study, Pathology, Volume 46, Supplement 2, 2014,Page S95, ISSN 0031-3025
  5. Thin Zaw PP, Liabsuetrakul T, McNeil E, Htay TT. Gender differences in exposure to SRH information and risky sexual debut among poor Myanmar youths. BMC Public Health. 2013;13:1122. Published 2013 Dec 5. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1122
  6. Thin Zaw PP, Liabsuetrakul T, Htay TT, McNeil E. Equity of access to reproductive health services among youths in resource-limited suburban communities of Mandalay City, Myanmar. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012;12:458. Published 2012 Dec 15. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-458