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May Thein Hto Post, M.D.

Principal Associate, International Health

May Thein Hto Post, M.D. May Thein Hto Post, M.D.
May Thein Hto Post is a Myanmar-born, U.S.-licensed physician with a public health background. She brings more than 35 years of international experience as a public health practitioner working in family planning/reproductive health and maternal child health.

Since joining Abt in the summer of 2014, Post is leading the development of Abt's International Health strategy in family planning and reproductive health. Additionally, she is working with the our Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Community of Excellence in the revision and development of its strategy and work plan for increased international recognition of Abt in the FP/RH technical domain. She has also been involved in new business development, serving in the capture team for global activities with a FP/RH service delivery focus, and as a technical reviewer for technical strategies and reports.

Prior to joining Abt, Post was the Senior Reproductive Health and Family Planning Advisor and Technical Lead, for Pathfinder International’s Extending Service Delivery project, which was USAID’s family planning flagship project from 2005 to 2011. In that capacity, she conceptualized, developed, and led the implementation and global roll-out of the USAID-supported Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) Initiative. From virtually no HTSP activities anywhere, HTSP activities are currently being implemented in more than 30 countries globally.

She has also served as health officer, senior technical advisor, program manager, evaluator, and consultant for USAID, UNICEF, World Bank, DFID, and Ministries of Health in Asia and Africa and  many international development entities (including Tulane University School of Public Health, URC LLC, Futures Group, JHPIEGO, FHI, FHI 360, and SAVE the Children). She has lived and worked in Africa (Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, Tanzania, and Uganda) and in Asia (Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines).

She received a Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (equivalent to an M.D.) from the Institute of Medicine in Myanmar, a Diploma in Preventive and Tropical Medicine from the School of Preventive and Tropical Medicine in Myanmar, and her U.S. medical license in the State of Florida.
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  • Family planning and reproductive health
  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Primary health care
  • Development of technical strategies, conceptual frameworks, and concept notes
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • In-country needs assessment and situation analyses
  • Languages:  Burmese (Native), English (Fluent), French (Conversational)


  • Collegiate Scholarship to the Institute of Medicine, Myanmar
  • Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, Congo, for services rendered as primary care physician at the U.S. Embassy clinic for embassy staff.
  • Honorary Award. Paper presentation at the conference for the Nepal Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (NESOG), Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Honorary Award. Paper presentation at Special Plenary on Maternal Health in Times of Crisis, Bali, Indonesia
  • Honorary Award. Paper presentation at the conference for Society of African Obstetricians and Gynecologists (SAGO), Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Honorary Award. Paper presentation at the conference for Medical Women’s Association of Tanzania (MEWATA), Tanzania