Plenary Session


  1. Ms. Justine Sass

Regional HIV/AIDS advisor, Asia Pacific, UNESCO,
A gender and public health specialist, Justine Sass has worked for 20 years in multiple continents, with different organizations, and on various development issues linked to the protection and realization of sexual and reproductive health rights. She is currently the Asia-Pacific Regional HIV and Health Education Adviser and Gender Focal Point for UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. Ms. Sass was a US Peace Corps Volunteer, and has worked in different capacities with UNAIDS, USAID, WHO, PATH, Futures Group, and the Population Reference Bureau on gender, health and development issues. She has an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Paris VI, an MSC in Gender and Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA from Princeton University.
  1. Ms. Ninuk Widyantoro
Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan ( YKP )
Women Health Foundation, Indonesia
  1. Ms. Nora Murat



  1. Mx. Mario Balibago



Regional Director, IPPF ESEAOR, Malaysia
Nora Murat was appointed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)-a global service provider and leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights-as the Regional Director for the East and South East Asia and Oceania Region (ESEAOR) in 2012. IPPF works across the globe in 173 countries with six Regional Offices and an international Central Office in the UK.
She began her career as a corporate lawyer before joining Sister in Islam (SIS)–a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated at advocating equal rights for women, human rights and justice in Malaysia and throughout the world–as a Legal Office in 2001. At SIS, she actively participated in negotiations with the Attorney-General's Chambers and religious authorities on amendments to the Islamic Family Law in Malaysia. She has also worked as a project consultant at the Asia Foundation and Heinrich Boell Stiftung in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Prior to joining IPPF, she was the executive director of Amnesty International Malaysia.
Nora’s current commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights is supported by a Diploma in Shariah Laws and Legal Practice from the International Islamic University and a Bachelor in Laws (L.L.B) degree from the University of London. The recipient of the Chevening scholarship attained the Masters of Arts degree in Religion and Public Life from the University of Leeds in 2006.
In recognition of her excellence through leadership and performance as well as putting Malaysia on the world map, she was presented with the Great Women for Our Time Award in 2011 and the Jessica's Most Successful Women Award in 2013.
Alumni Board Member, Y-PEER, Philippines
Mx. Mario Balanay Balibago is the HIV Programme Officer of UNICEF Philippines. After receiving Master of Health Social Science diploma at the De La Salle University, Mx. Mario worked for UNFPA Philippines as the ASRH Programme Associate and then to Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC).
Passionate to advance adolescents and young people's sexual health and reproductive rights, Mx. Mario with other dedicated youth leaders established the Youth Peer Education Network Philippines (Y-PEER Pilipinas) and became the 1st International Coordinator of Y-PEER International from the region.
Being adventurous, Mx. Mario enjoys climbing the Philippines’ mountain for its breathtaking beauty. 


  1. Ms. Shireen Huq
Founder/member, Naripokho Women’s Rights org. Bangladesh
  1. Mr. Ernesto Garilao


Executive Director, Zuellig Family Foundation, Philippines
  1. Dame Carol Kidu


Former member of Parliament, Popua New Guinea
  1. Dr. Myint Htwe


 Retired Director Program Management WHO Regional Office for South East Asia
Dr Myint Htwe (
Currently, he is Executive Committee member of Myanmar Academy of Medical Science (MAMS); Chair of Preventive & Social Medicine Society, Myanmar Medical Association; Chair of Ethics Review Committee, Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health; and Vice-Chair of Liver Foundation, Yangon, Myanmar.
Previously he served for WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia for over 16 years in various positions: Regional Advisor (Research Policy & Cooperation); Regional Advisor (Evidence for Health Policy); Coordinator (Liaison with WHO Country Offices); Chief (Internal Review & Technical Assessment); and Director - Programme Management until retirement in 2010.
Prior to WHO, he served for the Ministry of Health for over 17 years until 1994 in various positions: Demonstrator (Anatomy); Demonstrator (Preventive & Social Medicine), Institute of Medicine 1; Epidemiologist, Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme; Health Systems Research Unit in Charge; and Chief-International Health Division, Minister’s Office.
His academic credentials are: MBBS and DP&TM from Institute of Medicine (1); MPH from Institute of Public Health, University of the Philippines Systems; and DrPH from the Johns Hopkins University.


  1. Dr. Amy Tsui


Senior Scholar, Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and Professor, Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Amy Ong Tsui, PhD is professor of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, and senior scholar at the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  From 2002 to 2012 she directed the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which focused on building research and educational capacity in universities in low-resource settings, primarily on the African continent. Trained as a social demographer, Tsui’s research interests center on reproductive and sexual behavior, reproductive management, and population and development. Tsui is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, a member of current and past advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, National Research Council, World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund and private foundations, and has published widely in both public health and social science journals.
  1. Dr. sundari Ravindran



Secretary of the Rural Women’s Social Education Centre ( RUWSEC ), India
TK Sundari Ravindran
TK Sundari Ravindran has a PhD in Applied Economics from the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. She is currently professor at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. Sundari is former co-editor of the international journal Reproductive Health Matters, and is currently a member of its editorial advisory board. She has worked with the World Health Organization at its headquarters and with its regional offices in various capacities.  Sundari Ravindran is a founder member of the National Coalition for Maternal-Neonatal Health and Safe abortion established in 2006. She is also a founder member and currently Secretary of the Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC), which is a grassroots women’s health organization in Tamil Nadu, India established in 1981.
  1. Dr. Ferdinal M. Fernando, MD. MDM


 Assistant Director & Head of Health ASEAN Cross Sectoral Cooperation Directorate
ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department
  1. Dr. Phone Myint


Secretary, People’s Health Foundation
-Public Health Professional,
-Health Economist and
-Retired Deputy Director General
Biography of Dr. Phone Myint
Secretary, People’s Health Foundation
Public Health Professional, Health Economist and retired Deputy Director General
Telephone                                Resident: 095-1-563136
                                                Mobile: 095-9-250503674
Joined public services in 1980 and was recruited as National Service Medical Officer (Lieutenant) by the Medical Corps, Ministry of Defense. Continued civil service after completing military assignment and served at various capacities ranging from the rank of Station Medical Officer, Township Health Officer, Deputy Divisional Health Director and retired as a Deputy Director General (Director General at interim) in February 2012. Took leading part in formulating the National Health Plans (2006-2011) and (2011-2016). Developed and distributed a manual for the Township Health Committees to provide them with basic concepts of health and its determinants and roles of individuals, families and communities in promoting township health. Initiated and set up a National Health Account Unit in the Department of Health Planning. Involved in teaching activities for graduate course of Public Health in the University of Public Health and University of Medicine 1, 2 and Mandalay. Authored chapters 2 and 7 of the Myanmar Health System Review, Health Systems in Transition Volume 4 No. 3, 2014, Asia Pacific Observatory on Public Health Systems and Policies, Policy Note 1-“What are the challenges facing Myanmar in progressing towards Universal Health Coverage?” and Policy Note 4-How can financial risk protection can be expanded in Myanmar?” of the Policy Notes Series published by Asia Pacific Observatory on Public Health Systems and Policies. 


  1. Dato Narimah Awin



Retired WHO Regional Advisor


Academic qualifications – MBBS (India, 1976), MPH (Philippines, 1983)
Work experience


·Retired as Director of Family Health Development (which includes Primary Care) Ministry of Health Malaysia in January 2007, after serving the government of Malaysia in the MOH for almost 30 years


·Served as Regional Advisor for Maternal and Reproductive Health at the WHO Regional office for Western Pacific (WPRO) in Manila and W.H.O. for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in New Delhi, retired in May 2013. In these posts, provided technical assistance to the high MMR countries in 8 countries in WPRO and 11 countries in SEARO; and contributed to the development of policies, standards, norms and guidelines in several areas


  • Since retirement from WHO in 2013, had served as short term consultant to WHO and UNICEF in Nepal for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV


  • Served as short term consultant in WHO Country Office Myanmar Oct-Dec 2013 and in June 2014 to provide technical expertise in maternal and reproductive health especially in the planning and implementation of the project under the 3MDG Fund, including the strengthening of Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR)


  • Served as short term consultant in UNICEF Country Office Myanmar in March 2014 to provide technical expertise in developing Child Death Surveillance and Response (CDSR)


  •  Serves as technical expert from time to time for several international and regional NGOs, in the area of maternal, reproductive and child health


  1. Ms. Jet Rapirap


Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, International
Jet C Riparip
She is presently the Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a global partnership of 40 NGOs and CBOs as its linking organisations. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, she leads the Alliance regional effort for, among others, the meaningful integration and sustainability of HIV/AIDS and SRH, inclusion of HIV and SRH products and services in universal health coverage and supporting the voices of vulnerable key populations. She provides technical assistance to Alliance linking organisations at the country level on advocacy, service delivery and sustainability. Her other experiences include being the Country Director of Marie Stopes in Papua New Guinea where she contributed to the modernization of SRH offerings in the country such as minilap, non-scalpel vasectomy, and implants, at both facilities and outreach, and the introduction of the concept of Men’s Health days; Project Advisor at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Switzerland) for Nigeria, Egypt, Zambia, Vietnam and Ghana for fortifying staple products such as sugar, oil, fish sauce and wheat; Sr. Director for Field Operations, PRISM Project, in the Philippines on reproductive health and maternal and child health through private midwives clinics and factory-based clinic facilities in the corporate sector; Consultant for the World Bank: in Vietnam—HIV/AIDS Prevention, Public Health System Reform in the Mekong Delta and Avian Flu, India—Public-Private Partnerships in Health (Bihar, Andrapradesh, Punjab); Laos—Primary health Care for Indigenous Communities; Philippines—Maternal and Child Health; Chief of Party, Healthy Indonesia 2010 with priority programmes on TB, malaria, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, child nutrition and anti-smoking through NGOs, CBOs and corporations;  Director for Business Development, Aetna Global Health, Aetna, Inc., USA for corporate and individual health insurance markets in the USA and in Cayman Islands; Vice President for Marketing, Aetna Life and Health Insurance, Inc., Philippines for individual life insurance, corporate health insurance and bancassurance, and was responsible for Aetna’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme; Chief of Party, Philippine NGO Strengthening Project and Country Director, John Snow, Inc., introducing innovations in family planning and maternal and child health service delivery and sustainability through the first franchising of midwives’ clinics, among others; Asia Regional Director, The Enterprise Program, and Country Director, John Snow Inc., covering Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India; and Head of Communications, Population Center Foundation, spearheading work-based family planning and MCH programme.  Prior to her work in development, she was in television and radio.
TOPIC Title: Integrating SRH and HIV: A Myth or a Reality?
Description: This is a chronicle of various innovations in SRH and HIV integration in the region, both for adults and young vulnerable key populations. The narrative will include “soundbites” from individuals and service providers. It will also highlight the “gaps” and “lacks” that need future attention through critical old and new interventions.
  1. Dr. Theingi Myint



Directior, Maternal and Reproductive Health, Department of Public Health, MOH.
Dr Theingi Myint is a Director (Maternal and Reproductive Health), Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Myanmar.
She holds the degrees on MBBS, MMedSc (P&TM), Population Leadership Fellow in 3rd cohort of Population Leadership Program, University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 2003.
In 2006- 2014, She worked as a National Program Manager (Maternal and Reproductive Health) and responsible for planning, implementing, evaluating, monitoring and supervising the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’s program, including the delivery of birth spacing and reproductive health services, human resources development for staff and volunteers, needs assessment, development of policy, guidelines and standards of service delivery and performance evaluation.
She provides the lecture to both graduate and undergraduate courses as a guest lecturer at University of Medicine (1) and (2), Mandalay and University of Public Health, mainly MCH, reproductive health subjects; supervised PhD and Masters’ Thesis. She is actively involved in research studies working with Department of Medical Research and other organizations. She provides publications on reproductive health, maternal mortality and morbidity, presented in the medical periodic journals and during conferences.
She is also an ASEAN MCH focal point for Myanmar and Gender focal point for Colombo Plan Gender Affairs Programme for MOH, Myanmar.
Topic : Milestone of Reproductive Health services in Myanmar
  1. Dr. Jeffrey Smith


Vice President for Technical Leadership
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and International Health at the Johns Hopkins University, JHPIEGO
Dr. Jeffrey Smith is an obstetrician/gynecologist and public health practitioner with 25 years of clinical and public health experience in developing countries. He works for Jhpiego as the Vice President for Technical Leadership based in Baltimore, and is Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and International Health at the Johns Hopkins University.
In addition, the topic of my presentation will be:
“Program Approaches to Improving Access and Equity for Reproductive and Sexual Health Interventions”
  1. Ms. Janet Jackson
Country Representative UNFPA, Myanmar