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.
Improved tax measures, stronger law enforcement and enhanced cessation efforts are urgently needed in the WHO South-East Asia Region to protect people against the ill-effects of tobacco.Tobacco kills approximately 6 million people annually, 20% of them in the Region which has 246 million smokers and 290 million smokeless tobacco users.
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.
Thailand confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) disease in a traveler from the Middle East region, the first case in the WHO South-East Asia Region, as World Health Organization urged countries in the region to step up vigil and review preparedness to respond to the disease.
12 May 2015
Thailand has donated US dollar 4 million for Nepal earthquake relief operations. The Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.), on behalf of the Thai public, gave US$ one million each to the Government of Nepal, WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on 4 June 2015 in Bangkok.
20 May 2015
Dr Ritesh Thapaliya, a District Health Office medical officer who helped deliver a newborn in an open field in the midnight hours following the first quake, says that Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Illness Training provided by WHO has given him the knowledge and confidence to provide ongoing care for his district’s new arrivals and their mothers.
13 May 2015
Because of the training before the earthquake, when large number of injured patients began to arrive, the emergency responders could quickly prioritize the injuries and save lives. Though the devastation caused by the earthquakes is enormous, the strength of the retrofitted health facilities and the quick response of the health workers show that investment in preparedness pays off.