Salt Reduction in Thailand

Salt Reduction in Thailand
Low Salt Thailand Network


Excessive salt consumption kills an estimated 2.5 million people worldwide. WHO recommends consumption of less than 5 grams of salt per day in order to improve population health.

Thais consume an average of 10.8 grams of salt per day (over 4,000 milligrams of sodium). This rate is more than double the recommended daily amount of salt. The main sources of salt derive from salt added during cooking, packaged food, and street food.

WHO Tribute Video to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

For all of us at WHO, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is an inspiration, as he should be for all other leaders. His leadership and strong commitment to public health exemplified the most fundamental principle of Health for All People, and set a high standard to which we all should strive and build upon. His Majesty the late King was a significant role model nationally and globally in addressing the most pressing public health issues of his time.

In improving the public health of Thailand, we will all continue to serve the legacy of His Majesty the late King, who will always be remembered not only as a champion for health, but also as the people’s King.

Thailand’s physical activity drive is improving health

A woman in Thailand swinging hulahoop
Angthong Municipality

6 October 2017 – Globally almost half of all deaths are associated with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The Thai government is working to increase levels of physical activity to curb the threat of heart and other NCDs, which combined are responsible for 7 in 10 deaths in Thailand. Public parks are becoming beacons for health, with tai chi, yoga, dancing and other healthy programmes. This all fits within WHO's efforts to develop a global action plan to promote physical activity.

Thailand progressing on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) prevention and control

A newly released WHO survey shows that Thailand is among the top ten performers for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) prevention and control, globally. Thailand scored 12 points out of 19 (up from 8 points in 2015) for various process indicators being monitored by WHO. Thailand has the highest score in Asia and its achievement on par with Finland and Norway.

Areas of work

Works of WHO in Thailand

Health Information

Thailand health information

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

  • 28 October 2017

    Thailand highest in Asia in NCD indicators

    At the ThaiHealth Board Meeting last week, the Deputy Prime Minister Admiral Narong Pipatanasai acknowledged Thailand’s progress on NCDs published by WHO in 2017 NCD Progress Monitor Report. Out of 19 indicators, THA got 12 marks and ranked among the top 10 globally.

  • 24 October 2017

    Road Safety Journalism Fellowship Program

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking proposals for the implementation of the Road Safety Journalism Fellowship Program as a component of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) program (2015-2019). BIGRS is providing funding in five countries to support legislative improvements and capacity building for journalists, and Thailand is one of these countries. Based on WHO’s previous experience, working with journalists through a systematic approach is a key step to improving coverage around the issue.

  • 24 October 2017

    Legal Development Program

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking proposals for the implementation of the Legal Development Program as a component of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) program (2015-2019). BIGRS is providing funding in five countries to support legislative improvements and Thailand is one of these countries.

  • 29 September 2017

    Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion: How concerned should we be?

    The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published letter on the rapid spread of a “dangerous” malaria parasite that “cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs” – a parasite they describe as “super malaria”. The Global Malaria Programme has developed a public Q&A that articulates our position on this issue:

  • 29 September 2017

    New tools launched to tackle cardiovascular disease, the biggest killer in Thailand

    On the occasion of World Heart Day, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners launched a technical package to tackle cardiovascular disease—the number one killer in Thailand and around the world.

  • 20 September 2017

    WHO releases new resources on dementia

    For World Alzheimer’s Day, on 21 September, WHO is releasing a new set of resources for different audiences on how to contribute to improving the lives of people with dementia, their carers and families. The resources are for policy-makers, health- and social-care providers, civil society organizations and people living with dementia and their carers.

  • 6 September 2017

    Health for all emphasized as WHO South-East Asia Region’s health ministers meet opens

    World Health Organization emphasized the need to make health for all a top priority in WHO South-East Asia Region as health ministers, leaders and officials commenced a five-day meeting.

  • 4 September 2017

    Thailand committed to defeating human rabies by 2020

    Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand visited the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva on Monday 28 August 2017. The Princess is a champion of efforts to make Thailand rabies-free by 2020, in line with the wider initiative to end human rabies deaths by 2030, worldwide.

  • 14 June 2017

    Abuse of older people on the rise – 1 in 6 affected

    Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.

  • 1 April 2017

    World Health Day 2017: Depression Let’s Talk

    World Health Day is observed on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO. It provides us with an opportunity to mobilize actions around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of World Health Day campaign this year is depression. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression seek and receive help.

Contact details

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