July 23, 2020

Helping Your Community During a Crisis


Dr. Collins Santhanasamy from Malaysia and Dr. Ye Min Htet of Myanmar joined for MentorTalks on July 29, 2020 to talk about their efforts to address the ripple effect of the pandemic for at-risk and disadvantaged communities. These two exchange alumni shared how they have managed to help people outside the hospital in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy, both physically and mentally.

Watch Dr. Collins and Dr. Ye Min's interview to learn about their work in Malaysia and Myanmar, and even Bangladesh - and find out how you can do the same in your community. 

Dr. Collins Santhanasamy
Founder, M Exchange

Dr. Collins Santhanasamy is a medical doctor and the founder of the M Exchange, a pilot project that works with vulnerable communities by hosting free medical camps and building sustainable schools. He is also country director for the Magical Light Foundation, which builds schools and provides educational resources for disadvantaged children in Myanmar. 

Dr. Collins also serves as the Donor Engagement Manager for Cancer Research Malaysia. He has volunteered in countries across Asia including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and is passionate about empowering communities through the development of innovative healthcare solutions to build community resilience. 

Dr. Collins is a 2018 exchange alumnus of the Community Solutions Program and YSEALI Workshop alumnus.  

Dr. Ye Min Htet
Founder, Moe Thauk Yaung Chi ("Dawn")

Dr. Ye Min Htet is a medical doctor with a Masters of Science in International Health and is the founder of “Moe Thauk Yaung Chi” (Dawn), a community-based organization in Myanmar that promotes quality education at orphanages and other non-governmental informal education institutions for disadvantaged children. He currently works as a National Program Officer for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency located in Yangon, Myanmar. 

Dr. Ye Min is devoted to improving the mental health and well-being of Myanmar’s disadvantaged youth, as well as providing them with key social and educational skill sets. 

Dr. Ye Min is a 2018 exchange alumnus of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program

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