Universal health coverage

At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new report from the World Bank and WHO. And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets. Currently, 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or other family member.

In this 70th anniversary year, WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll. Universal health coverage is about ensuring all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics

Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are a precious resource, so it is important to get the right advice before taking them. This not only ensures you and your family get the best treatment, responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Think twice. Seek advice. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed accelerates emergence of antibiotic resistance, one of the biggest threats to global health.

Hypertension in Thailand

Hypertension (HTN) is highly prevalent in Thailand. According to the latest National Health Examination Survey conducted in 2015, one out of four Thais had HTN but less than one out of three had their blood pressure under control. Additionally, almost half of adult Thais with HTN were not even aware that they had high blood pressure. HTN is a silent killer as most people with HTN do not experience any symptoms. Therefore, improving blood pressure diagnosis and treatment will help save lives and reduce disability from heart attacks and strokes, reduce medical costs, and improve national productivity.

Salt Reduction in Thailand

Salt Reduction in Thailand
Low Salt Thailand Network

Overview

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 15 December 2017

    WHO is looking for a part-time consultant/trainer

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking for a part-time consultant/trainer/coach for work to be done between February and December 2018. Please find attached the information regarding the terms of reference. Interested candidates should send their proposal by 12 January 2018.

  • 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: http://www.who.int/malaria/media/drug-resistance-greater-mekong-qa/en/

  • 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
Email: setharegistry@who.int