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Miss Yuzana Khine Zaw

BSc MSc

Research Degree Student

Room
G40

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a research degree student under the social science component of the FIEBRE study. Previously, I completed a BSc in Human Science (human biology) at Georgetown University and an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford.

My current research interests are informed by various disciplines including anthropology, development studies, gender studies, Burma studies, and global health. My PhD is based in Yangon, Myanmar and adopts anthropologically informed research methods to explore the role of private healthcare providers and pharmaceutical markets in antimicrobial use and distribution. 

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development

Centres

Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Research

I am currently funded for a doctoral studentship under the social science arm of the broader FIEBRE study. This study aims to explore the causes of febrile illness in South East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The social science component focuses on understanding how care-seekers, clinicians, and other stakeholders conceptualise fever and appropriate antimicrobial use. My specific research area is in Myanmar and I am interested in adopting an anthropological lens to explore the role of private healthcare providers and pharmaceutical markets in antimicrobial use and distribution. I am also developing a keen interest in labour and health.

My previous research background has been varied with my most recent research experience being a MSc dissertation which explored patients’ conceptions of illness and medicines in the context of C-reactive protein (CRP) biomarker point-of-care testing. The social science study took place as part of a larger experimental trial on the introduction of CRP point-of-care testing, aimed at reducing antibiotic prescription in primary health services in Yangon, Myanmar and Chiang Rai, Thailand. For this research, I was based at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Thailand and worked with qualitative data from Yangon and Chiang Rai. I compared and explored patients' conceptions of illness, medicines, and point-of-care tests; treatment seeking patterns; and inequitable exclusion patterns in the two settings.

Prior to this, I conducted research in a molecular oncology lab at the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center in the United States. My project which initially started out as a part-time internship culminated towards an optional honors BSc dissertation. For this, I studied the molecular anti-cancer effects of isothiocyanates (dietary compounds derived from cruciferous vegetables) on the mutant p53 pathway in oral cancer cells.

Research Area
Diagnostics
Drug discovery and development
Drug resistance
Health care policy
Health inequalities
Health policy
Health sector development
Social and structural determinants of health
Equity
Gender
Global Health
Ethnography
Inequalities
Medicines
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Anthropology
Cell biology
Development studies
Molecular biology
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Cancer
Infectious disease
Tropical diseases
Country
Myanmar
Thailand
United States
Region
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
North America

Selected Publications

Translating antimicrobial resistance: a case study of context and consequences of antibiotic-related communication in three northern Thai villages
Charoenboon N; Haenssgen MJ; Warapikuptanun P; Xayavong T; Khine Zaw Y
2019
Palgrave Communications
Antibiotic knowledge, attitudes and practices: new insights from cross-sectional rural health behaviour surveys in low-income and middle-income South-East Asia.
Haenssgen MJ; Charoenboon N; Zanello G; Mayxay M; Reed-Tsochas F; Lubell Y; Wertheim H; Lienert J; Xayavong T; Khine Zaw Y
2019
BMJ open
The 'Drug Bag' method: lessons from anthropological studies of antibiotic use in Africa and South-East Asia
Dixon J; MacPherson E; Manyau S; Nayiga S; Khine zaw Y; Kayendeke M; Nabirye C; Denyer Willis L; Hutchison C; Chandler C
2019
Global Health Action
How context can impact clinical trials: a multi-country qualitative case study comparison of diagnostic biomarker test interventions.
Haenssgen MJ; Charoenboon N; Do NTT; Althaus T; Khine Zaw Y; Wertheim HFL; Lubell Y
2019
Trials
The Consequences of AMR Education and Awareness Raising: Outputs, Outcomes, and Behavioural Impacts of an Antibiotic-Related Educational Activity in Lao PDR.
Haenssgen MJ; Xayavong T; Charoenboon N; Warapikuptanun P; Khine Zaw Y
2018
Antibiotics (Basel, Switzerland)
A Comparison of Patients' Local Conceptions of Illness and Medicines in the Context of C-Reactive Protein Biomarker Testing in Chiang Rai and Yangon
Zaw YK; Charoenboon N; Haenssgen MJ; Lubell Y
2018
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE
Outputs, Outcomes, and Behavioural Impacts of an Antibiotic-Related Educational Activity in Lao PDR
Haenssgen MJ; Xayavong T; Charoenboon N; Warapikuptanun P; Khine Zaw Y
2018
Outputs, Outcomes, and Behavioural Impacts of an Antibiotic-Related Educational Activity in Lao PDR
Haenssgen MJ; Xayavong T; Charoenboon N; Warapikuptanun P; Khine Zaw Y
2018
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