Khin Pyone Kyi

Kyi, Khin Pyone 2017Khin Pyone Kyi, MBBS, DBact, MMedSc, PhD, FRCP, is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Liver Foundation and retired Director General of the Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Myanmar. She is also Vice-President of the Myanmar Medical Association (MMA), and is Executive Director of Ni Ni Diagnostics and Health Care Centre. As General Secretary of the Support Group for Elderly Doctors (MMA), she is also a strong advocate for aged people. She was a member of the World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group for Immunization in South-East Asia Region (SEAR-ITAG) (2008-2014), and is currently Core member of the National Technical Advisory Group for Immunization (NITAG).

Dr Kyi worked in government service for 32 years from 1978 to 2010, and pioneered the development of immunodiagnostic reagents for hepatitis by RPHA and ELISA methods. She also spearheaded the development of plasma-derived hepatitis B vaccine and recombinant hepatitis B vaccine in Myanmar, for which she was awarded the Honorary Medal of the State twice, for Management in 2002, and for Medicine in 2008.

As one of the leaders of the Liver Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer organization, she and her team have traveled all over Myanmar, carrying out vaccination programs, during which she delivered health education talks, screening for hepatitis B and C and hepatitis B vaccination and counseling.

The Liver Foundation works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health in vaccination programs and the establishment of the National Hepatitis Program. During the past 5 years, Liver Foundation works in collaboration with local NGOs and Civil Society Groups in different towns and has delivered 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccines to over 500,000 persons. Liver Foundation is also successfully running Than Sitt Charity Clinic which concentrates on awareness raising, health education, prevention, diagnostics and treatment for Hepatitis B and C. She has been involved in the research on liver diseases and vaccines for over 33 years