Thailand received validation from WHO for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, becoming the first country in Asia and the Pacific region and also the first with a large HIV epidemic to ensure an AIDS-free generation. Thailand’s pioneering success and leadership demonstrates how countries can make real change when good policy is followed up with high-level commitment.
For this year's World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, WHO is calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style (plain packaging).
Home to nearly one-fourth of the global population, the South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with the cases reduced to less than one per 1 000 live births in all districts across the 11 countries. MNTE for the Region became official after a team of experts validated the remaining provinces of Indonesia. SEAR is the second region to achieve MNTE after the European Region.
More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. According to the urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and middle income countries with more than 100 000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines.
26 April 2016
World Malaria Day 2016 in Thailand was celebrated in conjunction with the launch of the National Malaria Elimination Strategy 2017-2026, at the Centra Government Complex Hotel in Chaeng Wattana. The occasion was attended by more than 300 persons and officiated by the Minister of Public Health Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the Director-General of Department of Disease Control Dr Amnuay Gajeena, the World Health Organization Representative to Thailand Dr Daniel Kertesz, together with several government dignitaries, partners and stakeholders in attendance. In a symbolic gesture of partnership to “End Malaria for Good”, the event was officially launched by Dr Piyasakol, Dr Amnuay and Dr Kertesz.
29 February 2016
Over 90 million adults have diabetes in the South-East Asia region. Half of those with diabetes remain undiagnosed. The diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing across the world, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries. A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes. Diabetes is also treatable. Diabetes can be controlled and managed to prevent complications.
24 March 2016
WHO Thailand supported the Ministry of Public Health and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to raise awareness for, and advocate for better TB Control in two separate events to mark World TB Day on 24 March 2016. The WHO Representative to Thailand, Dr Daniel Kertesz made a statement at a press conference at Siam Kempinski Hotel, along with the Director General, Department of Disease Control Dr Amnuay Gajeena. Dr Kertesz’s message focused on the need for early diagnosis, the wide spread use of new technologies and drugs, and for a strong coalition between the public and private sectors to help Thailand in Ending the TB Epidemic.