Rapidly changing social, economic, technological, and environmental conditions imply that communities must prepare themselves to handle risks or crises, including those at the national level and those that are based locally (e.g. disaster management by local communities must cover at-risk areas; communities that depend on external factors for food security; preparation by local communities to enter the ASEAN Economic Community as well as Thailand’s evolution into an aging society.
At present, ThaiHealth has over 2,000 local administrative organizations that are part of its local community network. They account for one out of three total local administrative organizations nationwide. Random opinion surveys from 2,262 community members from ThaiHealth’s Pleasant Local Community Network showed more than 80% of community networks are strong enough to create change agents and promote participation.
In addition, there are a number of local administrative organizations that are strong enough to manage learning processes outside of their networks. Work implementation in the future will be driven under the issue of sustainable agriculture, safe food, systems to care for elderly people, and learning among children and youth.
Focus Areas of Plan
1) Enhancements in capacity within local communities to expand the current level of knowledge to manage health, reduce health problems, and integrate new methods into the work culture, local administrative organizations, village development committees, social institutions, social groups, community organizations, and local networks.
2) Development of information systems to stimulate local communities and evaluate the progress of health management in local communities. National-level public policies are also driven and linked to main driving systems and mechanisms, especially at the Department of Local Administration, Ministry of Interior.
3) Support academic institutions and organizations to become involved in learning about local community practices, researching and evaluating local knowledge and wisdom derived from the actual experiences of each community.
4) Support activities that aim to health risk factors and increase health-promoting factors while also integrating into community management systems through joint implementation with ThaiHealth work plans. Transforming knowledge sets into practice through area-based development in communities and local areas.
5) Integration of sufficiency economy principle into community self-management systems, with support from local administrative organizations to strengthen communities in managing risks and crises.