About Burnet Institute Myanmar

The Burnet Institute’s mission is to achieve better health for vulnerable communities by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions. The Institute has a longstanding presence in and commitment to Myanmar, with wide-ranging engagements with community, academic and multi-level government networks. These provide a strong base on which to generate and operationalise health systems research agendas.


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Burnet Institute Myanmar and ReBUILD for Resilience

Burnet Institute Myanmar is a ReBUILD for Resilience partner. The team will use the programme to create opportunities for locally-led health systems research in a fragile and shock-prone setting. The Burnet Institute has an extensive regional network of research collaborators across Asia which will be engaged to help disseminate the lessons learned during ReBUILD for Resilience.

Dr Kyu Kyu Than

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Research director

Kyu Kyu (PhD, with a double Masters in Tropical Medicine and Sexual and Reproductive Health) is co-principal investigator for the Burnet team. She is an experienced researcher, scientist and teacher with wide experience in health systems research, with a particular focus on sexual, reproductive and maternal health. She has expertise in designing, managing, organising and conducting research (multi-country studies), and her work in policy analysis is well recognised.  Kyu Kyu has worked as a consultant for various organisations including the World Bank, UNICEF, Save the Children, the Red Cross and the 3MDG fund. She is dedicated to reducing health inequities for women, men, children and adolescents across the world.

Kyu Kyu has published more than 70 papers in both international and national journals.

Chad Hughes

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Head of International Development

Chad is co-principal investigator for the Burnet team. He is a public health practitioner with specific expertise in strategic planning for responding to the HIV epidemic, scaling up interventions and monitoring and evaluating programmes. In Nepal he established and coordinated a nationwide HIV prevention programme for people who inject drugs. He then moved to Myanmar with the WHO as a technical adviser to the Ministry of Health on drug-related harm reduction and HIV prevention, before joining Burnet to manage a portfolio of programmes relating to HIV and harm reduction programmes for people who use alcohol and other drugs.

Chad has worked on HIV programmes in South East Asia, Africa and the Pacific and has a keen interest in involving men to offer responses to the epidemic – building young men’s social research skills and participatory approaches to the design and implementation of community-based HIV prevention interventions.


Contact Chad on email chad.hughes@burnet.edu.au

Dr Phone Myint Win

Country representative – Burnet Institute Myanmar

Phone is the research uptake manager for Burnet’s ReBUILD for Resilience team. At the Burnet Institute he oversees all programmes, and has extensive expertise in programme management and managerial leadership in public health and private pharmaceutical sectors. Phone is a Myanmar Health Sector Coordination Committee member (the national coordinating body for all health sector issues, including multilateral development partners, NGOs and private sector), representing the INGO constituency.

Contact on email Myint.Win@burnet.edu.au

Dr Thazin La

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Research manager

Thazin La is a Master of Public Health (Global Health) graduate who has been working as a public health practitioner for a number of years. She has research experience working alongside local/ international NGOs, community-based organisations and ethnic health organizations. She specialises in qualitative research, project management and capacity building. Thazin has published several papers related to the community-based health care workers model, and maternal and child health. Her research interests are health system strengthening – particularly health workforce and leadership – and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.


Julie Tartaggia

Programme manager, Lao PDR and the Australian NGO Cooperation Programme (ANCP)

Julie is the coordinator of Burnet’s ReBUILD for Resilience team. Prior to joining Burnet in 2015, she worked with the Australian Red Cross in the International Programme and the Migration Support Programme, at the Federal Department of Justice, Department of Planning and Community Development, and in overseas NGOs. Her roles included programme and project design, planning and implementation, management of broad-scale contracts, and policy advice and development. Julie has also lived and worked in both Nepal and Bangladesh, the latter building the organisational capacity of a local NGO. Previous roles have included a range of areas including international development, refugee and asylum seeker services, alcohol and other drug harm reduction, gender research and youth engagement.

Dr Win Han Oo

Senior programme manager (health security)

Dr Win Han Oo (PhD) is an experienced researcher, scientist and programme manager who has implemented a number of research and development projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). His work focuses on the control and elimination of infectious diseases such as malaria and other vector-borne conditions, tuberculosis and COVID-19. He is currently implementing research projects in GMS aimed at eliminating malaria regionally. Win is also a member of the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination, the GMS Malaria Civil Society Organisations platform and the Myanmar Malaria Technical Strategic Group.

Dr Thin Mar Win

Research and development manager

Dr Thin Mar Win specialises in public health, health care management and epidemiology and has a background working in health services and clinical research projects, with a strong track record of analytical and research skills, especially quantitative research. Her research interests are communicable and non-communicable diseases; infectious disease epidemiology; maternal and child health; antimicrobial resistance; infection prevention and control; health system research; disaster risk reduction and management; cost analysis and adolescent health.

Caroline Ndungu

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Project accountant

Caroline is ReBUILD’s Project Accountant for the Burnet team in Australia. She has experience in management accounting and financial reporting, both in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Caroline has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and is an associate member of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Aung Lwin

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Senior finance manager

Aung supports the Burnet team in Myanmar during ReBUILD for Resilience. He has extensive experience in non-profit accounting, financial management, financial reporting, internal control, and financial capacity building, as well as working with multi-donor funds. He has extensive accounting and management experience in the business sector prior to joining the NGO sector. He has a solid accounting and public administration background.

The ReBUILD for Resilience partners are:

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The team is supported by research associates

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"We must all work together in developing resilience capacities which are of the utmost importance to ensure responsive, effective, inclusive, gender-equitable and sustainable health systems and in achieving universal health coverage"

Kyu Kyu Than, Burnet Institute Myanmar