Jerry Ye Aung Kyaw
Jerry is a Master’s in Public Health student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. But he worked as a doctor in South Africa, and much of his experience comes from working in rural areas of Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) from the South Coast to central parts of the province in Ixopo.
Beyond the notable burden of HIV and TB, other infectious diseases that are also of global health concern such as malaria, parasitic infections, viral hepatitis and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections or “superbugs” remain public health priorities in South Africa. The eradication of these diseases depends on a variety of factors ranging from healthcare systems to broader socioeconomic determinants that improve the living standard of those most affected by these diseases. Jerry believes that this requires both ground-up engagement and advocacy as well as top-down investment and commitment.