Dr. Win Myint Tha has 38 years of experience as a physician, medical school lecturer, primary health care program manager and as a health training program manager with expertise in international health and tropical medicine. She was a physician in Burma from 1973 to 1986 practicing in several communities, including remote districts. From 1986 to 1988, Dr. Win taught at Rangoon’s Institute of Medicine II. In 1998, she witnessed the brutal military suppression of peaceful demonstrations in Burma’s democratic uprising and was profoundly affected on a personal level as the murdered student protesters included close friends and pupils. Dr. Win left Burma at the end of the year with her four daughters.
She traveled to nearby Thailand to support the health programs of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and serve refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and from her native Burma. As IRC’s medical coordinator, she initiated health programs in Karreni refugee camps in Mae Hong Song. After a few years, Dr Win immigrated to Canada and worked with the Provincial Health Authority of British Columbia in communicable disease control. She regularly returned to the Thai-Burma border to help the refugees and migrant populations by conducting health assistance and carrying out medical training with the IRC. She runs Emergency Obstetrics training with John Hopkins and Columbia University at Karenni Refugee camps and the Mae Tao Clinic. In 2004, she was recognized for her work and commitment by the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children and won its “Voice of Courage” award.
Dr. Win currently chairs the Mae Tao Clinic’s Advance Health Assistants Training Committee, contributing to its curriculum and conducting its trainings.