In Thailand, World Health Day was celebrated on 8th April at the Ministry of Public Health. with the theme “How safe is your food? From Farm to plate, keep it safe”. WHO was very happy to be joined in this important event by colleagues form FAO and OIE, with each organization being provided with an opportunity to deliver World Health Day messages according to their different perspective.
In Chiang Rai Province, an Integrated Food Safety project has been implemented starting in July 2014. The project aims to strengthen food safety from farm to table, as well as promoting and supporting the local food economy system, with the objective of improving quality of life, strengthening local communities to be self-reliant as well as preserving natural resources and the environment. In this way, food security is also strengthened at the community level.
New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food supply chain. World Health Day will be celebrated on 7 April, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan "From farm to plate, make food safe."
The Thailand country office of the World Health Organization is now on Facebook. Come and follow our activities in the country. As a specialized UN agency for global health, the WHO first set up a country office in Thailand more than 60 years ago. It has been collaborating closely with the Royal Thai Government and other relevant partners over the past six decades on public health development in Thailand. That work continues today.
30 March 2015
The fast pace of life, with little time to cook, has more and more people taking to street food. Street food is becoming increasingly common among the urban and peri-urban population. In Thailand, street food is popular not just among the residents but also among the thousands of tourists fascinated by the Thai delicacies. Ensuring safe street food, thus, assumes priority and significance to prevent foodborne diseases.
20 February 2015
The World Health Organization, South-East Asia Regional Office is collaborating with 11 other global organizations to promote World Birth Defects Day to increase global awareness of birth defects. WHO reported 49 000 newborn deaths due to birth defects in 2013 in the South-East Asia Region. Addressing birth defects is a key intervention to provide the best health possible and potential for a full and productive life.
2 February 2015
After long days in the lab, Yongyuth Yuthavong would get out and talk to anyone who would listen. And his message was simple: developing a science policy was not only necessary for growing the ranks of Thai scientists, it was vital to the country’s future.