ThaiHealth recently announced the launch of “Citizen Resilience Project” by employing the idea of “Order & Deliver” and “Chiang Mai Tuk-Tuk Model” under the concept of Resilience, to draft the new community culture in using the public transport.
ThaiHealth’s Director of Opportunity Promotion Section, Mrs Khempet Lenapan, said that the ongoing CoVid-19 situation is forcing people to make immense adjustment to their lifestyles. To help people cope with fast-paced changes in their lives, the organisation decided to open for project proposals under “Citizen Resilience Project” to present 55 projects under 5 strategies:
1. CoVid-19 Literacy: open easier access to information e.g. CoVid-19 informative videos in ethnic languages, podcast in Lanna language, CoVid-19-related games.
2. Mental Health Relief: online activities to alleviate mental health problems caused by CoVid-19
3. High-Risk Support: a launch of mobile application to educate expectant mothers on suggested lifestyle from prenatal to postnatal periods, and family classroom in preparation of crisis.
4. Social Distancing: Order & Deliver platform, physical distances in public transport codename “You are Safe, Home is Safe”.
5. New Normal: Chiang Mai Tuk-Tuk for CoVid-19 survival, “Sharing Garden” or the adaptation assistance for the poor in big cities amidst CoVid-19 crisis.
Project Manager of Order & Deliver project, Mr Akanat Wanthanasombat, said that the project “Order & Deliver” has been launched with an effort to help restaurant entrepreneurs and “P Win” or motorcycle taxi riders generate extra income amidst CoVid-19 economic recession. The online platform in Official LINE account @tamsang-tamsong has been created to provide another channel with more reasonable service charges for restaurants and P Wins operating within Bangkok’s Ladphrao 101 area and its vicinity to earn extra income.
In the long run, the platform will release its administration to P Win representatives of Ladphrao 101, so that it will become a truly community-based platform, with the website www.ตามสั่ง-ตามส่ง.com running in parallel.
On the public transport issues, Facebook Page “MayDay” administrator, Mr Varinthorn Suksabai, said that office workers are pressured from crammed mass transit stations and public transport vehicles that could pose a risk of spreading. Therefore, Mayday, in collaboration with ThaiHealth, has launched a campaign named “You are Safe, Home is Safe” to educate city dwellers about 3 steps in practising physical distancing while using the public transport. In its pilot phase, the coalition also collaborated with Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) in installing campaign posters on Bus nº 62 as a good example to other types of public transport.
1. Sit only on the designated seats.
2. Stand only on the designated space.
3. Be patient, wait orderly in queue.
Chiang Mai Tuk-Tuk for CoVid-19 Survival project manager, Mr Sophon Khunmangmee, said that his project is collaborating with ThaiHealth in developing the culture of community assistance among Chiang Mai’s local people – especially tuk-tuk drivers that are buried deep in tourism paralysis – in the form of an online platform “Busy Rabbit” providing easy hailing of tuk-tuks as not only a vehicle for transporting passengers, but also for everything.
The project wants tuk-tuks to become a city-wise transport for parcels, food, documents, and many other kinds of ‘errands’ needed be moved or be done such as messenger service, fee payment, and banking – all without charging service fee from shops or from drivers. This is considered a good start in making an ideal community service by humans who clearly see their fellow humans’ hardship for the common goal of getting everyone through the economic crisis rooted from CoVid-19.
Those who are interested in knowing more about these 55 pathfinding projects to fight the CoVid-19 under “Citizen Resilience Project”, please visit “Citizen Resilience Project” Facebook page.