"Universal Health Coverage: Health For All" World Health Day, 7 April 2019

Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. WHO is committed to ensuring one billion more people benefit from UHC by 2024. This means a billion more people, whether they are man or woman, young or old, in a city or a village, getting the health care they need, when they need it, without financial hardship. It is about raising the bar for health for everyone and leaving no-one behind. The benefits are clear. It is about making the right to health a reality. UHC is central to improving health and well-being. UHC strengthens health security by making it easier to contain outbreaks and be more resilient in natural disasters. Achieving UHC has been a WHO South-East Asia Region Flagship Priority since 2014.

World TB Day 2019 – “It’s time”

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most burdensome communicable diseases. Around 10 million people across the globe fall ill with TB every year; an estimated 1.6 million are killed by it. The WHO South- East Asia Region is particularly affected, accounting for around 44% of global TB cases and 50% of associated mortality. This is despite being home to just over a quarter of the world’s population. Notably, among communicable diseases, TB remains the Region’s leading cause of death and lost years in the productive 15-49-year-old age group, condemning millions of people to life-defining, inescapable poverty.

Thailand leads crusade against tobacco

On 14 December 2018 Thailand made history. It became the first country in Asia, and the first low and middle-income country in the world to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products, a tough tobacco control measure.

Thailand’s legislation on plan packaging requires that by September 2019 all tobacco packs must show no colors, brand images or any promotional information.

Plain packaging is a landmark measure for tobacco control that will help reduce the use of this deadly products in Thailand,” said Dr Daniel A Kertesz, WHO Representative to Thailand.

Air pollution

Air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people worldwide every year. WHO data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.
From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate. The combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution cause about 7 million premature deaths every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.
More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO guideline limits, with low-and middle income countries suffering from the highest exposures, both indoors and outdoors.

Areas of work

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Health Information

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WHO Guidelines

A selection of evidence-based guidelines


Fact sheet

Useful information on health topics


Employment and Internship Programme

Vacancies in the WHO Thailand Office


Zika virus

Information on Zika virus

Recent highlights

  • 11 April 2019

    Request for Proposals – A contractor to review Thailand’s status based on the voluntary global targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanism

    Prospective bidders are invited to submit a proposal in response to this Request for Proposals. WHO requires the successful bidder, to carry out the review of Thailand’s status based on the global road safety performance targets . See attached detailed Terms of Reference for complete information.

    The successful bidder shall be a not for profit institution operating in the field of road safety research. with proven expertise in review and analysis of road safety situation in Thailand.

    A prospective bidder requiring any clarification on technical, contractual or commercial matters may notify WHO via email at the following address no later than 5 working days prior to the closing date for the submission of offers:

    Email for submissions of all queries: sethalpo@who.int (use Bid reference in subject line )

    To be complete, a proposal shall include:

    • A technical proposal, as described under part 2 above;
    • A financial proposal, as described under part 2 above;
    • Annex 2 , duly completed and signed by a person or persons duly authorized to represent the bidder, to submit a proposal and to bind the bidder to the terms of this RFP.
    Each proposal shall be marked Ref: RFP-2019-THA-06 .

    The bidder shall submit, in writing, the complete proposal to WHO, no later than 30 April 2019 at 17:00 hours Bangkok, Thailand time (“the closing date”), by email at the following email address: sethalpo@who.int (use Bid reference in subject line )

  • 1 April 2019

    Request for Proposals – Translation /Interpretation Services

    Prospective bidders are invited to submit a proposal in response to this Request for Proposals. WHO requires the successful bidder to provide Translation / Interpretation / Editing Services. The successful bidder will sign a Long Term Agreement (LTA) with WHO for a duration of 1 year, renewable up to a total of 5 years upon satisfactory performance of the contractor. To be complete, a proposal shall include, in 3 separate files:

    • A technical proposal
    • A financial proposal
    • Annex 1, duly completed and signed by a person or persons duly authorized to represent the bidder, to submit a proposal and to bind the bidder to the terms of this RFP.
    The bidder shall submit the complete proposals to WHO no later than Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 16:00 hours Bangkok time (“the closing date”) by e-mail to sethalpo@who.int.

  • 22 February 2019

    Request for Proposals – Translation /Interpretation Services

    Prospective bidders are invited to this Request for Proposals. WHO requires the successful bidder to provide translation /interpretation services for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) from 1 March to 31 May 2019.
    Bidders are requested to propose the best and most cost-effective solution to meet WHO requirements, while ensuring a high level of service. The proposal should be concisely presented and structured as stated in the RFP and follow below deadlines:
    By 28 February 2019 – Technical Proposal
    By 28 February 2019 – Financial proposal

    The bidder shall submit the complete proposals to WHO no later than Thursday 28th February 2019 at 16:00 hours Bangkok time (“the closing date”) by e-mail to sethalpo@who.int.

  • 22 January 2019

    Request for Proposals – Travel Services

    Prospective bidders are invited to submit a proposal in response to this Request for Proposals. WHO requires the successful bidder to provide travel services over a total period of 2 years renewable up to a total of 5 years.

    Bidders are requested to propose the best and most cost-effective solution to meet WHO requirements, while ensuring a high level of service. The proposal should be concisely presented and structured as stated in the RFP and follow below deadlines:

    By 31 January 2019 – Annex 1, 2, 6 and 4 (if needed)
    By 10 February 2019 – Annex 3, technical proposal and financial proposal

    The bidder shall submit the complete proposals to WHO no later than Sunday 10th February 2019 at 16:00 hours Bangkok time (“the closing date”) by e-mail to sethalpo@who.int.

  • 22 October 2018

    Request for Proposals

    The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to enter into a contractual agreement with a successful bidder and select a suitable contractor to provide customs clearance and land transportation service for inbound sea, air and land freight shipments over a total period of 1 year renewable up to a total of 5 years.

    Details available in the RFP document and its annexes.

  • 3 September 2018

    Request for Proposals - Retreat Facilitation Services

    WHO Thailand is looking for staff retreat facilitation service for 2 days.

    Details available in the RFP document and its annexes.

  • 27 August 2018

    Request for Proposals

    WHO Thailand is looking for an audit firm that can conduct 4 annual financial audits of 6 different projects and submit reports in English (ie. 24 audits in total over a period of 4 years). Each project’s overall budget will be approximately THB 60,000,000 spread over 4 years (2018-2021).

    Details available in the RFP document and its annexes.

  • 29 June 2018

    Request for Proposals (RFP) Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) audit

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking proposals for an audit services for Thailand Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) projects. The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to enter into a contractual agreement with a successful bidder and select a suitable contractor to carry out annual audits of 6 Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) projects over a total period of 4 years. Each project’s overall budget will be approximately THB 60,000,000 spread over 4 years (2018-2021).

    WHO is an Organization that is dependent on the budgetary and extra-budgetary contributions it receives for the implementation of its activities. Bidders are, therefore, requested to propose the best and most cost-effective solution to meet WHO requirements, while ensuring a high level of service. We are still accepting proposals.

  • 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.

Contact details

World Health Organization
Country Office for Thailand
4th Fl.,Permanent Secretary Bld 3
Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi
Tel: +6625470100, Fax: +6625918199
Email: setharegistry@who.int