Equity Community

Equity Community

Completion of the first year is only the beginning of our Fellows' life-long journey. Upon finishing the Induction Year, Fellows become part of the Equity Community.

The Equity Community is comprised of Fellows, peers, and national and regional networks of health practitioners striving to influence meaningful systems change for health equity. Together, we believe that a community of diverse Fellows and partners, with strong shared values for social justice and equity, can achieve a greater impact than any individual or solitary group. Fellows are also part of the global Atlantic Fellows community to advance fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies.

Our core premises for building a health
equity community are:

Shared values

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

Shared values

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

Nurturing of Fellows

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

Nurturing of Fellows

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

Sustained
Engagement

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

Sustained
Engagement

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

Local Ownership

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

Local Ownership

Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.Health equity is not a single event or an occasional issue. Rather, it is an interactive process that depends upon sustained engagement.

EI Fellows Engagement Activities

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Fellows Engagement Activities

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Fellows Second Year Projects

Throughout the fellowship year, Fellows receive support, guidance, integrated skills training and mentoring in project development and implementation.

The goal of the second-year project is for Fellows to put into practice the core values of health equity and to exercise newly acquired leadership skills. Designing and implementing health equity group projects also give Fellows the opportunity to combine peer and experiential learning, and to make an impact by building a health equity community in the region. 

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Annual Forum

The Annual Forum is both the culminating event of the fellowship year and a signature event of the Equity Initiative in building a sustained equity community.

The Forum marks the start of the Fellows’ second-year projects to advance health equity in the region, and it formally introduces and inducts the graduating Fellows into the lifelong community of the Atlantic Fellows Programs. The Forum also plays an important role in promoting inter-cohort relationships among Senior Fellows, incoming Fellows, and helps to build a strong regional equity community.

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Skill-building Workshops

The Equity Initiative organizes short courses and refresher sessions every year, along with access to personalized coaching and mentoring services to help Fellows work on identified gaps in their leadership competencies.

These workshops also and create the an opportunity for help Fellows develop and practice the skills to serve asto become trainers, themselves or collaborators, or coaches who can share their expertiseto train others  within their teams, organisations, and communities.

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Fellows In-country Activities

Feature the fellows in-country activities: Philippines (2019,2020), Viet Nam (2019, 2020), Thailand (2020) 

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Annual Forum

The Annual Forum is both the culminating event of the fellowship year and a signature event of the Equity Initiative in building a sustained equity community. The Forum marks the start of the Fellows’ second-year projects to advance health equity in the region, and it formally introduces and inducts the graduating Fellows into the lifelong community of the Atlantic Fellows Programs. The Forum also plays an important role in promoting inter-cohort relationships among Senior Fellows, incoming Fellows, and helps to build a strong regional equity community. Click here to view our past Annual Forum events.

Skill-building Workshops

The Equity Initiative organizeses short courses and refresher sessions every year, along with access to personalized coaching and mentoring services to bring Fellows together tohelp Fellows work on identified gaps oinf their leadership competencies. These workshops also and create the an opportunity for help Fellows Fellows develop and practice the skills to serve asto become trainers, themselves or collaborators, or coaches who can share their expertiseto train others  within their teams, organisations, and communities. Click here to view our past training workshops.

Fellows In-country Activities

The Annual Forum is both the culminating event of the fellowship year and a signature event of the Equity Initiative in building a sustained equity community. The Forum marks the start of the Fellows’ second-year projects to advance health equity in the region, and it formally introduces and inducts the graduating Fellows into the lifelong community of the Atlantic Fellows Programs. The Forum also plays an important role in promoting inter-cohort relationships among Senior Fellows, incoming Fellows, and helps to build a strong regional equity community. Click here to view our past Annual Forum events.

Equity Community Beyond Fellows

Community Activities Related to the EI Fellowship Program

As we shift towards building a sustainable equity community, it is important to ensure that our planned activities are integrated into the design and delivery of EI fellowship activities. We will continue to engage key players into the fellowship events and embed community building activities within the fellowship processes and activities such as in the nomination and selection process, the design of fellowship events, and in the Fellows’ second-year projects development.

National Committees (NCs)

National committees (NCs) are instrumental in helping us identify promising candidates for the EI fellowship experience. We now have 5 active NCs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Myanmar. Each is composed of nationally recognized experts and leaders from a variety of fields, who share a strong orientation passion for toward social justice and health. With a deep knowledge of their respective countries’ socio-political economic environment, and a positive influence on society. NC members are in an ideal position to build a robust network of community of practice in their countries.

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ERNA WITOELAR (INDONESIA)

Indonesia

Erna is the former Indonesian Minister of Human Settlements and Regional Development (1999-2001), former UN Special Ambassador for MDGs in Asia Pacific (2003-2007), and a former Commissioner of the Commission for Legal Empowerment of the Poor (2005-2008). She founded the Indonesian Environmental Forum and has served as President of the Indonesian Consumer Foundation and of Consumers International. She is currently a Board Member of several CSOs including the Indonesian Sustainable Biodiversity Foundation, the Indonesian Sustainable Development Foundation, the Earth Charter International based in Costa Rica, and the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium based in Manila. She is a recipient of the UNEP Global 500 Award during the Rio Summit in 1992, the Earth Day International Award at the UN in 1993, and the Indonesian Presidential Medal for the Environmental in 1995. She is married to Mr. Rachmat Witoelar, former Minister of Environment and currently presidential advisor on environmental issues.

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PANDU HARIMURTI (INDONESIA)

Indonesia

Pandu is a Senior Health Specialist at World Bank. He has a wide range of expertise in health policy, health system development, and health economics. He has been involved in policy development and research in health systems and health financing in Indonesia and globally. Some of his publications include New Insights into the Provision of Health Services in Indonesia: A Health Workforce Study and Health Financing in Indonesia: A Reform Road Map (Directions in Development). Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked on health policy analysis and development at the Ministry of Health Indonesia.

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DIAH SAMINARSIH (INDONESIA)

Indonesia

Diah S Saminarsih is an Indonesian development practitioner and public health advocate, currently serving as the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees and CEO of the public health non-profit Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI). A psychologist by academic training, her professional journey has gone across consulting companies, government and national public institutions, and multilateral organizations. She just recently concluded her role as the Senior Advisor to the WHO Director General on Gender and Youth.

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TIARA MARTHIAS (INDONESIA)

Indonesia

Tiara is a Senior Technical Advisor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. She has a strong interest in health equity, particularly in ensuring equitable access to quality reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health (RMNCH). Before joining the Nossal Institute in 2022, Tiara was a Lecturer at the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. She has contributed to the development of policies relating to RMNCH financing systems and was the lead consultant for the development of the Indonesia national strategy for adolescent wellbeing. She has also collaborated with government and organisations in Timor Leste, Myanmar, and the Philippines on health systems projects and was part of the development team of several international-level courses, including on health systems strengthening for LMICs.

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THAN TUN SEIN (MYANMAR)

Myanmar (Burma)

Prof. Than Tun Sein is a former Director of Sociomedical Research of Department of Medical Research of Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar. Prof Than Tun Sein was awarded the prestigious Leon Bernard Foundation Prize in 2007 at the World Health Assembly for outstanding service in the field of social medicine. He is considered a pioneer in the development of research methodology in equity and gender areas. He is currently a part-time Professor in the Anthropology Department, Yangon University, and Visiting Faculty Member at the University of Public Health.

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THEIN THEIN HTAY (MYANMAR)

Myanmar (Burma)

Dr Thein Thein Htay is a former Deputy Minister for Health in charge of medical education and health services delivery in Myanmar. Her keen interest and vast experience in medical education has been instrumental in advocating decision makers for the reform towards new paradigm of medical education system in Myanmar. Dr. Thein is also an adjunct faculty member as well as an honorary Professor to the University of Public Health in Myanmar. Her career focused originally on maternal and child health, and then extends to reproductive health and she was one of the founding members of family planning program in Myanmar. In this capacity, she led the public health division of the DOH throughout her career, with main thrust on meeting MDGs 4 & 5. She is also volunteering as a technical consultant to the one of key national NGOs, Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, and a research consultant to many UN funded RH projects. She also served as a member of Gender Advisory Panel, WHO-HQ from 1999 to 2004 and as a regional steering committee member for the Lancet series of South East Asia Region’s health issues, leading the Lancet Myanmar Series 2014. She recently joined Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health as an Executive Editor. Currently, she is a member of International Steering Committee of 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights and a senior public health advisor at Universal Health Coverage.

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KYAWT SANN-LWIN (MYANMAR)

Myanmar (Burma)

Professor Kyawt Sann-Lwin is a former Pro-rector, and Professor and Head of the Health Policy and Management Department at the University of Public Health, Yangon. As Pro-rector she oversaw the academic courses of the university and as professor, she taught "Health Policy and Management" subject at the Master courses and PhD course and assessed theses. She started her career as a research officer at Health Planning Department in 1991 and later served as an Assistant Director (Research and Development). She participated in three rounds of “Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS)” which monitors World Summit Goals for Children as a Joint Secretary of the Survey Working Committee in 1997, 2000, 2003. In 2007, she then moved to University of Public Health and started a teaching career till 2021. She has particular interest in equity issues; therefore, she analyzed the Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey data and published a report “Urban Health Situation in Myanmar: Assessing Wealth-based intra-urban Inequalities using Myanmar DHS (2015-16) data” with support from USAID. She is a medical doctor with Master’s degree in Preventive and Tropical Medicine from University of Medicine 1 (1997), and Master in Public Administration from Harvard University (2005), and PhD (Public Health) degree from University of Public Health (2013).

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YIN MYO SU (MYANMAR)

Myanmar (Burma)

Yin Myo Su is the Managing Director of the Inle Princess Group and founder of the Inle Heritage Foundation. She is passionate about women’s empowerment, economic development, heritage and environmental preservation, art, culture, and citizen engagement. She is also a strong advocate for sustainable and responsible development practices.

Misuu has taken a leading role in reintroducing the Burmese Cat to Myanamar and protecting the unique and at-risk marine life of Inle Lake. As Chairperson of the Inle Heritage Hospitality Vocational Training Center, she passes her knowledge to future generations while equipping aspiring hospitality workers form Shan State with necessary technical and human service skills. She is also the founder of Inle Heritage Private School (Bamboo School), a unique child-centered education institution that aims to trigger curiosity, innovation, and critical thinking in students and to raise awareness of resources that the local community can use in the Inle Region.

Misuu is an active public speaker on subjects dear to her heart. She has received several local and international awards in recognition of her work in hospitality, heritage preservation, women’s empowerment and leadership.Yin was selected as a Fortune- U.S. Department of State Mentee in 2012 and participated in the International Alumnae Component in 2018. She is also a Global Leadership Awards Honoree.

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SI THURA (MYANMAR)

Myanmar (Burma)

Dr. Si Thura is Executive Director of Community Partners International (CPI), Myanmar. Shortly after graduating from medical school in Yangon, Myanmar in 2008, Dr. Si Thura joined the relief and recovery efforts to support communities in the Ayeryarwady Delta devastated by Cyclone Nargis, the worst natural disaster in Myanmar’s recorded history. He witnessed first-hand the terrible scale of destruction and the almost total absence of services and infrastructure, health or otherwise, to help survivors rebuild their lives. He also witnessed the profound resilience and resourcefulness within communities as they set out to overcome the adversities they faced. This experience convinced him that the key for the future was to strengthen and build on this fundamental resilience and resourcefulness - to support the development of community-based and community-led services to provide for essential needs such as health care and education. In 2009, Dr .Si Thura joined CPI as the organization’s first Myanmar-based member of staff. Starting from a small office in Yangon, he has played an instrumental role in bringing CPI from its roots on the eastern border to the forefront of health systems strengthening in Myanmar. Today, under Dr. Si Thura’s stewardship, CPI supports its network of community-based partners to deliver lifesaving health care to hundreds of thousands of people in conflict- affected, remote rural and urban poor communities across the country. Dr. Si Thura has successfully positioned CPI as a key contributor to national health reform efforts in Myanmar, leveraging the unique relationships and expertise that the organization has developed over 20 years to support cooperation between the national government and ethnic and community-based health care providers around shared priorities in health. Dr. Si Thura is a co-founder and Joint Secretary of the Liver Foundation (Myanmar). In 2013, Dr. Si Thura received the Australian Leadership Award which enabled him to complete his Master's degree in Public Health at the Australian National University. In 2016, Dr. Si Thura received InsideNGO’s Emerging Leader Award in recognition of his significant contributions to health care in Myanmar.

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ERNESTO GARILAO (PHILIPPINES)

Philippines

Ernesto Garilao is President of the Zuellig Family Foundation (2009-present) whose mission is to reduce health inequities to improve health outcomes of the poor. A leader in development sector, he served previously as Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (1975-1992), Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform from 1992 to 1998 and Vice Chair of the Social Reform Council, the highest policy-making body for the Philippines’ anti-poverty programs from 1994-1998. He was a faculty member at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) from 1999 to 2010, Associate Dean of the Asian Institute of Management’s Center for Development Management and founding Executive Director of the AIM Mirant Center for Bridging Societal Divides (2004-2009). He holds two masters degrees from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (1988) and Asian Institute of Management (1982).

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BEVERLY LORRAINE HO (PHILIPPINES)

Philippines

Beverly Lorraine Ho is the OIC-Undersecretary of Health of the Public Health Services Team, and concurrent Director for Health Promotion Bureau and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau at the Department of Health - Philippines. As OIC-Undersecretary, she oversees the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau and Epidemiology Bureau. As HPB Director, she leads risk communication and community engagement and demand generation for COVID-19 vaccines. As DPCB Director, she leads primary care integration of various health programs.

Prior to this, she was Chief of Research Division of the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau where her efforts significantly contributed to the passage of keylegislation on sugar-sweetened beverage tax, tobacco tax and universal health care. She has also worked in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank.

Bev is a fellow of the Maurice Greenberg World Fellows Program at Yale University, the Equity Initiative and the Atlantic Institute. She holds an MD from the University of the Philippines and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a Fulbright Scholar.

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STEVEN MUNCY (PHILIPPINES)

Philippines

Steve Muncy has served as the Executive Director of CFSI since its inception in 1981 and concurrently, since 2006, as the Coordinator of the Social Work Education Project (SWEP) in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao, Philippines. A resident of the Philippines since 1980, he has been actively involved in promoting human security, humanitarian action, social work education, and good governance. In addition to his work at CFSI, Muncy has been a consultant for various international organizations and governments involving travel throughout South East and Central Asia, Africa, and Europe. He has lectured at various universities and served on the Boards of other civil society organizations, including two three-year terms on the Board of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) – the global NGO network that advocates for principled humanitarian action. Since January 2015, he has served as an International Advisor for Forced Migration Review, published by the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. A citizen of the United States, Muncy earned the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at James Madison University in Virginia and the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He earned the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the University of Philippines.

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NORMAN JIAO (PHILIPPINES)

Philippines

He is a trustee of the Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI), Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines (PDAP) and a member of the Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). Oman has been with social development work for more than 25 years. He has a BS Computer Science degree and MA units on Industrial- Organizational Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University.

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ROCKY SANCHEZ TIRONA (PHILIPPINES)

Philippines

Rocky oversees Rare’s coastal fisheries initiative, which aims to shift the governance and management of small-scale fisheries to link their protection and productivity to the prosperity of coastal communities. Fish Forever has a global team of almost 100 staff, working with over 250 local partners, across eight countries.

She served as Vice President of Rare Philippines for over eight years, a role which recently expanded to overseeing Rare’s work in Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia. She was part of the initial development of the Fish Forever program and oversaw its growth in the Philippines, where it now reaches over 600 communities.

In addition to her years of experience leading Fish Forever in the Philippines, Rocky has a background in marketing communications. While working in the advertising sector, she shifted her focus to social issues and working with government, foundations and NGOs. Upon joining Rare, she brought with her an expertise in social marketing that has helped Rare’s work to engage coastal communities and promote responsible and sustainable fishing behaviors.  She has a degree in Psychology from the University of the Philippines.

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SINEE CHAKTHRANONT (THAILAND)

Thailand

Sinee Chakthranont has led Ashoka in Thailand for over 15 years developing one of the largest and robust Fellowships programs with over 100 of the organization’s 3,000 globally recognized social entrepreneurs. She has contributed significantly to the field of social entrepreneurship in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia by building cross sector networks. Sinee speaks on social innovations and has been regularly featured by national media as an expert commentator. She has been active in Thailand’s civic movement since the historic protests for democratic reforms in 1970s. She serves on the board of directors for Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies and Khon Thai Foundation and was appointed to the steering committee during the founding of Thai Social Enterprise Office. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chulalongkorn University and a Master of Education degree in International Development from Boston University.

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SOMSAK CHUNHARAS (THAILAND)

Thailand

Dr. Somsak Chunharas is Secretary General of the National Health Foundation in Thailand and the Foundation of Thai Gerontology Research and Development Institute. He was recently the Deputy Minister of Public Health. Somsak started his career as a physician and director in community hospitals in rural Thailand. He then shifted to international health and health planning with a particular interest in health policy and systems research, research ethics, information systems, human resource development and knowledge management. In addition to his role with the National Health Foundation, Somsak also serves as a Member of the Executive Board for the Office of National Education, Standard and Quality Assessment along with many other national and international health policy related committees

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KOMATRA CHUENGSATIANSUP (THAILAND)

Thailand

Komatra Chuengsatiansup is the Director of the Society and Health Institute (SHI) at the Bureau of Health Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand. He received his MD from Chulalongkorn University and his PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 1998. Komatra is interested in the intersection between the field of health, social sciences, and humanities. His work at the Society and Health Institute includes research programs on the history of medicine and public health, philosophy of science and medicine, anthropology and community health, civil society and health systems reform, and indigenous healing systems in Thailand.

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RYRATANA RANGSITPOL (THAILAND)

Thailand

Ryratana Rangsitpol has worked in social development with international organizations, civil society organizations and research institutes. She served as the Country Programme Coordinator (Thailand) for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Acting Country Programme Manager for Lao PDR, Asia-Pacific Regional focal points for Vietnam and Timor-Leste, focusing on women’s political and economic empowerment, ending violence against women, and women, peace and security. She was the Manager and Policy Advisor of the Responsive Governance Unit for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand, focusing on decentralization, people’s participation and community empowerment, and youth and good governance. She worked with the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) as Assistant to the President, senior researcher on social and good governance projects and editor. She worked as reporter and writer for the Outlook Section of the Bangkok Post, and also served as part-time lecturers at Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University. She received her B.A. (First Class Hons.) from the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University and had her M.A. in Communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa as East West Center degree fellow.

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SURICHAI WUN'GAEO (THAILAND)

Thailand

Surichai Wun’gaeo is Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Centre and professor at department of Sociology and Anthropology, Chulalongkorn University. He has formerly served as Program Director of Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS), faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. He has been a visiting professor at several universities including Hosei, Hitotsubashi and Ritsumeikan Universities in Japan and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His main research interests are Sociology of development, environmentalism and sustainable development, social movements and people’s participation, endogenous social theory. He received his B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology from Chulalongkorn University and had his M.A. in Sociology and Ph.D. (ABD) from the University of Tokyo.

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HA THI THU THANH (VIET NAM)

Vietnam

Madame Ha Thi Thu THANH is the Chairwoman of Deloitte Viet Nam. She is among the first Certified Public Accountant in Viet Nam who has made significant contributions not only to Deloitte but also to the auditing profession. Madame Thanh has extensive professional experience which has been developed and strengthened over her 30 years working in auditing and accounting in Viet Nam, the US and other countries through different resource mobility and exchange programs of the Deloitte network. She has successfully led most of the firm’s major engagements with Viet Nam’s large corporations, multi-national enterprises, FDI enterprises and listed companies.

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HUYNH TAN PHUC (VIET NAM)

Vietnam

Huynh Tan Phuc, an ophthalmologist, is currently Regional Director, leading the office and programs of The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) (www.hollows.org) in East Asia region, including FHF Country programs in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam. Phuc holds a degree Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Medical University of Hue, Viet Nam, finished his advance training on ophthalmology in 1990. He worked for a Government Hospital as Chief of Eye department. Joined World Vision Vietnam for 9 years, played a leading role as National Health Coordinator (2001-2003), including manage eye care programs. As Country Manager of FHF in Vietnam since December 2003, Phuc has directly developed, designed and implemented many eye care programs/projects in different regions across the country. Under his leadership, FHF Vietnam has made significant contribution to the ophthalmology academic training in Vietnam through many strengthening institutional training capacity projects support to Medical Universities and Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. He has been appointed as FHF Regional Director for East Asia, office based in Vietnam, in 2014. Phuc has a great deal of experience in eye care project design, proposal development, project management and advocacy.

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TRAN THI MAI OANH (VIET NAM)

Vietnam

Tran Thi Mai Oanh is the Director of Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI), a leading research institution in Viet Nam. In her role as Director she leads the generation of robust evidence for health policy development works extensively with policymakers. Working at HSPI for over 23 years, she has led and supported major transformational health initiatives including: health structure operational reviews, health service provision, development and implementation of health manpower strategies, public hospital governance, and public-private partnership. Oanh received her MD at Hanoi Medical University, her MPH at Karolinska Institute, Sweden and her PhD degree in public health at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), Viet Nam.

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LE MINH GIANG (VIET NAM)

Vietnam

Le Minh Giang is Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Epidemiology and Director, Center for Research and Training on Substance Abuse-HIV (CREATA-H) at Hanoi Medical University in Viet Nam. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University where he is an alumnus. Dr. Giang’s research interests focus on at untangling and reducing consequences of the intersections between substance abuse, poor sexual health, HIV/AIDS infections. He has been PI and Co-PI of several NIH-funded studies on drug abuse and HIV and has been working with CREATA-H’s investigators. Since 2012, he had led the development of Viet Nam-HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Hanoi Medical University with the goal of developing addiction medicine workforce to confront drug and HIV epidemics in Viet Nam. Dr. Giang is a founding member of the Southeast Asian Consortium on Culture, Health and Sexuality, a network of academic institutions in the regional to support training and academic exchanges for regional scholars who are interested in the cross-cultural learning of sexuality and health. 

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LE HA VAN (VIET NAM)

Vietnam

Le Ha VAN is a Program Management Specialist and a Senior Adviser for USAID/Viet Nam's Assistance Program to Persons with Disabilities. She currently manages multiple projects that provide health, education and social assistance to Vietnamese with disabilities and support the disability rights advocacy. From 2003-2012, Dr. Van worked with several other groups, including victims of human trafficking, families vulnerable to natural disaster, women and children in adverse circumstances and supported higher education portfolio. Dr. Van has 20 years of experience in development, specializing in project management in social assistance and inclusion. She works as a volunteer for the Social Workers Group and also provides support to a large community-based groups who works focusing on the vulnerable population. Prior to USAID, she worked as Health and Social Work Program Officer at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Viet Nam Delegation and South East Asia Regional Office. Dr. Van received her MD from Hanoi Medical University, and MBA at Northcentral University, USA.

Partnerships for Health Equity

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Prince Mahidol Award Conference

The Annual Forum is held in Thailand each year to coincide with the annual Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC).

PMAC is a large-scale high-level global health conference that covers a wide range of pressing issues and brings together public health leaders and key stakeholders from around the world. PMAC creates a great opportunity to link Fellows to the wider regional and global networks. Our Senior Fellows add their expertise and insights to regional and international health policy discussions, which help to promote health equity.

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In-country Network and Partnership

Atlantic Philanthropies has announced a $40 million

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Regional Network and Partnership

CMB's inaugural cohort of Equity Initiative Fellows gathered in Thailand August 13-20 to embark on the Asia

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Atlantic Fellows Community

The Equity Initiative, also known as the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in Southeast Asia (AFHESEA), is one of 7 interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs.

While each of the seven 7 Atlantic Fellows programs is are distinct and grounded in its local context, they share a common purpose of advancing fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. All programs start with a core fellowship experience, bringing together a cohort of 20 to 30 emerging leaders. Fellows come from all walks of life with diverse perspectives. They are united by a passion, determination, and vision to realize a more just world. 

The Atlantic Institute, based in Oxford and operated by the Rhodes Trust, serves as a convening and knowledge-sharing hub for the global network of Atlantic Fellows.