Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters.
A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. An adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary, unpaid blood donors. However, in many countries, blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease"; the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. In Thailand, tobacco use causes approximately 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Adults in their prime age who smoke are four times more likely to die from heart disease or stroke than non-smokers.
Thailand is one of the world’s leading food producers. We followed Denmark and also Argentina and, in the year 2015, Thailand Food and Drug Administration and the Ministry of Public Health worked closely with the Institute of Nutrition, to launch a program that would call Thailand a trans fat free country. We have conducted certain meetings with our stakeholders in our country and, on the 8th of May, just a few weeks ago, the Food Committee of Thailand has approved to enact a draft, of the Ministry of Public Health, a notification banning the use of partially hydrogenated oils in food products in Thailand. This notification will allow industry in Thailand 6 months, or 108 days, to comply with our new regulation. Therefore, trans fat will be totally eliminated from Thailand by early next year. So, we are here, on behalf of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, to strongly support WHO and the new initiative program: the WHO REPLACE action package.
World Health Day 2018 - Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere
Dr Daniel A. Kertesz, WHO Representative to Thailand together with Dr Athaporn Limpanyalers, Assistant Secretary-General of National Health Security Office and local authorities at Bueng Yitho Municipality, Thanyaburi, Pathumthani Province visited the medical and rehabilitation center and patients in the community. A visit to the Quality of Life for the Elderly Center and Medical Center was conducted to observe their health services that contributed to the universal health coverage in action.
Dr Daniel A. Kertesz stated that the health care system and access to affordable health care services are very crucial to Universal Health Coverage. Which is the theme of this year’s #WorldHealthDay on 7th April 2018, “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” #HealthForAll
19 February 2018
WHO Thailand is selling vehicles
The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office for Thailand is selling vehicles:
- TOYOTA HIACE COMMUTER DIESEL
- TOYOTA FORTUNER DIESEL
The vehicle will be sold against best bid. Sealed bid should be submitted to World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office for Thailand not later than 20 March 2018 at 12:00 hrs.
6 February 2018
Catalyzing population-wide sodium reduction in Thailand
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking proposals for the implementation of the Catalyzing population-wide sodium reduction in Thailand as a component of the Resolve to Save Lives an Initiative of Vital Strategies. Hypertension and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading causes of death worldwide. High-salt diets have been associated with a greater risk of hypertension, stroke, and other CVDs. Reduction in salt intake leads to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
15 December 2017
WHO is looking for a part-time consultant/trainer
The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking for a part-time consultant/trainer/coach for work to be done between February and December 2018. Please find attached the information regarding the terms of reference. Interested candidates should send their proposal by 12 January 2018.
28 October 2017
Thailand highest in Asia in NCD indicators
At the ThaiHealth Board Meeting last week, the Deputy Prime Minister Admiral Narong Pipatanasai acknowledged Thailand’s progress on NCDs published by WHO in 2017 NCD Progress Monitor Report. Out of 19 indicators, THA got 12 marks and ranked among the top 10 globally.
24 October 2017
Road Safety Journalism Fellowship Program
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking proposals for the implementation of the Road Safety Journalism Fellowship Program as a component of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) program (2015-2019). BIGRS is providing funding in five countries to support legislative improvements and capacity building for journalists, and Thailand is one of these countries. Based on WHO’s previous experience, working with journalists through a systematic approach is a key step to improving coverage around the issue.
24 October 2017
Legal Development Program
The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking proposals for the implementation of the Legal Development Program as a component of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) program (2015-2019). BIGRS is providing funding in five countries to support legislative improvements and Thailand is one of these countries.
29 September 2017
The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published letter on the rapid spread of a “dangerous” malaria parasite that “cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs” – a parasite they describe as “super malaria”. The Global Malaria Programme has developed a public Q&A that articulates our position on this issue: http://www.who.int/malaria/media/drug-resistance-greater-mekong-qa/en/
29 September 2017
On the occasion of World Heart Day, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners launched a technical package to tackle cardiovascular disease—the number one killer in Thailand and around the world.
20 September 2017
For World Alzheimer’s Day, on 21 September, WHO is releasing a new set of resources for different audiences on how to contribute to improving the lives of people with dementia, their carers and families. The resources are for policy-makers, health- and social-care providers, civil society organizations and people living with dementia and their carers.
6 September 2017
World Health Organization emphasized the need to make health for all a top priority in WHO South-East Asia Region as health ministers, leaders and officials commenced a five-day meeting.
4 September 2017
Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand visited the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva on Monday 28 August 2017. The Princess is a champion of efforts to make Thailand rabies-free by 2020, in line with the wider initiative to end human rabies deaths by 2030, worldwide.
14 June 2017
Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.
1 April 2017
World Health Day is observed on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO. It provides us with an opportunity to mobilize actions around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of World Health Day campaign this year is depression. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression seek and receive help.