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Post, M.D.

Principal Associate, International Development

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 2014, Post is leading the development of Abt's International Health strategy in family planning and reproductive health. Additionally, she is working with the Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Community of Excellence in the revision and development of its strategy and workplan for increased international recognition of Abt in the FP/RH technical domain. She has also been involved in new business development, serving on 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. HTSP activities are currently implemented in more than 30 countries.

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. She has worked with many international development entities, including the Tulane University School of Public Health, URC LLC, Futures Group, JHPIEGO, FHI, FHI 360 and SAVE the Children. She has lived and worked in Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, Tanzania, Uganda, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines.


  • 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)