Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw is currently a visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC). Her research interests are reproductive health, equity, health policies and gender issues.
After receiving her MBBS degree from the University of Medicine (Mandalay), Phyu Phyu worked for two years at a public hospital. In 2009, she became an active researcher at the Department of Medical Research (Upper Myanmar). As a researcher, she participated in various clinical and public health researches and presented papers at national and international conferences. She was also actively involved in the welfare of underprivileged groups in Myanmar. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2013. After her PhD, she continued her work at DMR (Upper Myanmar) as a research officer as well as a member of the secretariat of the Academic Committee. She was also as a field supervisor in two national surveys on HIV and RH commodities and services in Myanmar. She has also published journal articles on equity, gender differences and RH services utilization among the poor.
At APARC, Phyu Phyu will study the current trends of Myanmar health policies in general, as well as the specific sex education programs of the country. She will investigate how Myanmar/Burmese culture affects the objectives of the current sex education programs at schools based on the perceptions of adolescent students, teachers and parents.