On the World Humanitarian Day, the World Health Organization extends its deepest gratitude to the health workers and volunteers who, despite significant personal risk, extend selfless services to the affected people during disasters and emergencies. We salute these heroes.
Children to call for better support in road safety at Race for Survival
10 August - Child representatives from six schools in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) along with representatives from BMA, Ministry of Labor, Save The Children, WHO, and other relevant organizations at both international and national levels join the event of ‘’Race for Survival’’ to reinforce the importance of helmet wearing to increase child survival at Bang Chak School, Bangkok.
Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected. WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.
9 July 2015
WHO Thailand supporting the international trade and health (ITH) conference during 7-8 July 2015. WHO has worked closely with the ITH programme at Ministry of Public Health to achieve greater policy coherence between trade and health players in Thailand so that international trade and trade rules maximize health benefits and minimize health risks, especially for poor and vulnerable populations.
25 June 2015
Minister of Public Health (MOPH) Thailand, His Excellency Professor Rajata Rajatanavin, Dr Richard Brown, Acting WHO representative to Thailand along with Board Members of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) and other senior MOPH officials officiated the launch of the HiT review. The procedure was jointly organized today by the APO, Ministry of Public Health, Kingdom of Thailand, and the WHO Thailand. The Thailand HiT reports that sustained political commitment to the health of the population since the 1970s has resulted in significant investment in health infrastructure, in particular primary health care, district and provincial referral hospitals, and strengthened the overall functioning of the Thai health system.
18 June 2015
Hepatitis B and C lead to nearly 1.4 million deaths every year. On World Hepatitis Day, WHO urges countries to do more to prevent new infections and ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. It highlights the risks associated with unsafe medical procedures and encourages vaccinating children against hepatitis B.