Professor Dr. Tha Hla Shwe, President of the Myanmar Red Cross Society since 2006, contributes nearly six decades of invaluable health and medical knowledge to our organization. Born in 1940 in Rangoon (Yangon), Myanmar, he graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Yangon in 1957 and received his MBBS degree from Institute of Medicine 1 (IM1), Yangon, in 1964. Following his first medical degree, he went on to specialize in Preventive Medicine and Tropical Medicine and received postgraduate diplomas from IM1, Yangon (1968) and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London (1969). Dr. Tha Hla Shwe also received a Master of Science in Education from University of Southern California, USA (1984) and an honorary Doctorate degree in Medical Science from IM1, Yangon (1999).
Combining his medical expertise and desire to work in public service, Dr. Tha Hla Shwe first became a medical teacher in 1966 and went on to become a Professor and Head of Preventive & Social Medicine in 1988. He served as the Deputy Director General of Health Manpower Department for three years and assumed the post of Rector of the Institute of Medicine 2, Yangon, in 1992, from which he retired in 2004. He is currently an active member of the Myanmar Medical Association, in which he served as the Chairman of the Preventive & Social Medicine Society from 1994 to 1998. He is also presently a member of the Myanmar Academy of Medical Science, and is an advocate of medical audit and medical ethics among the medical practitioners in Myanmar. As MRCS, he is fully committed to achieving Red Cross goals and principles up to this date.