Name: Zun Moe
Age: 26
Ethnicity: Myanmar
Area of Study: Health Social Science
Level of Study: MA
Country of Study: Thailand
Amount Requested (1 year): US$7,500

Brief overview of candidate

Zun Moe was born in Dawei in the South of Myanmar into an educated but not wealthy family. Winning five distinctions in her high school examinations she went on to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine in Myanmar. On graduation in 2006 she began practicing as a doctor, while also volunteering in the health programs of local humanitarian organizations.

In May 2008, when Cyclone Nargis struck the Ayeyarwaddy Delta of Myanmar, Zun Moe joined a local health organization as a regional health leader and psychosocial support person.

Zun Moe is interested in the control of communicable diseases, and HIV/AIDS in particular. Myanmar is currently facing an HIV/AIDS epidemic with infection rates estimated to be between 1.3 – 2.6% of the population. Zun Moe would like to study Health Social Science in order to gain the knowledge and skills to carry out research into the effectively of current responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

In her own words

‘Despite efforts to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar, there has not been a significant reduction in prevalence. I have a plan to research the effectiveness of the targeted condom promotion program (TCP) in Myanmar. I would like to study high risk groups in townships in Myanmar where TCP has been implemented. Using valid and culturally sensitive research methodology, I would like to analyze the impact of the TCP program among these populations, and identify possible improvements.’