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The situation and problems for each group differs. For example, infants (newborns- age 5) may experience development that is not age-appropriate, such as, disability at birth, or malnutrition. These problems show a trend of increasing severity, which can affect the quality of life of Thai people in the long term. Despite, school-age children (ages 6-14) having the advantage to an education, they still face problems with unhealthy food consumption and malnutrition. Moreover, an urban society has caused Thai family structures and lifestyles to change. More members of the family are required to earn a living to sustain the family unit, with the proportion of families with two income earners on the rise. As a result, families are facing a decrease in family time and quality of family relationships.
A survey by the National Statistical Office from 2006 to 2012 showed a decreasing trend of children and youth living with their parents due to relocation to other provinces for work or as a result of divorce. A survey of how primary schoolchildren used their time from 2008 to 2012 found that children were more likely to spend time on the internet, at tutoring sessions, or at friend’s home instead of with their parents or senior relatives. The survey also found an increasing number of teenagers and youth (ages15-24), who were experiencing physical, mental, and emotional changes, and some developed inappropriate behaviors such as tobacco use (cigarettes), alcohol consumption, illicit substance use, and unsafe sexual intercourse.

Focus Areas of Plan

1) Emphasis will be placed on family health, and child health in each age group. Directions, targets, and strategies fall under a 10-year timeframe, and are directed toward work implementation according to ThaiHealth’s role in the Healthy Child, Youth, and Family Promotion Plan.

2) Offensive work implementation strategies to create leverage points and sustainability in existing systems, with cooperation from strategic partners and networks. Rapid and meaningful strategic communications are used to create social awareness about urgent and current issues.

3) Increase the value of academic output through analyses and syntheses of various forms, models, manuals, and other tools produced.

4) Support tertiary education institutions to develop research and academic work, and to link partnership networks for the development of children, youth, and families.

5) Setting work mechanisms under the Healthy Child, Youth, and Family Promotion Plan, and linking with networks in other plans and academic projects.

6) Promotion and development of family health, as the family is an important target group and an important institution for developing quality of life of populations in all age groups under existing plans. Joint targets have linked area-based work to ThaiHealth results, directions, and associated 10-year strategies.

The “Seven Dangerous Days” of road safety have passed and the results did not look sufficiently good. This has made us look back to the 2013 report of world road safety where 38.1 per 100,000 died from road accidents. This figure indicates that Thailand’s death rate is on the world’s top three. This signifies that road accident adversely hinders livelihood, economy, and the country’s development. It is, therefore, necessary for serious collaboration among several sectors of the society. The media and the press are an important part of the solution mechanisms.   The 12th national symposium on road safety organised under concept of “Half a decade of Serious Suppression” led by Dr Udomsin Srisaengnam, ThaiHealth advisor, has touched the role of the media on the tackling of road accidents. Dr Udomson said that the media shall spread the words to the general public for the benefit of the society. So this is believed to be the main drive to help reduce Thailand’s road accidents. However, it is noticeable that media activities that involve “investigative journalism” are scarce.   Dr Udomsin reiterated, if the media only report the news about road accidents without investigative portion where culprits and responsible parties are sought, while presenting ways to prevent future events, creating awareness of safety to the public. He also said that we...


1. Role of ThaiHealth in the promotion of Thai people’s good health                     ThaiHealth was established in 2001 in accordance with Health Promotion Foundation Act, which was a derivation of Australian government’s success health promotion effort. As of now, the organisation with more or less the same role exist in 12 countries worldwide.                        ThaiHealth was designed to be a tool for the promotion of good health of Thai people. At present, health problems are considered complex and are not under care of the public health system. For example, Thailand’s effort to address the problems of traffic accidents can be done politically in only 5% of the country’s public health agencies. The problem must be addressed in integrative manner between several ministries, the private, and the public sector. It is, therefore, necessary to have a central working mechanism to realise the collaborative working manner. This idea is in line with the suggestion from the World Health Organisation that encouraged members to establish such a fund, like ThaiHealth, for a country to have a seamless integration of mechanisms to promote good health.   ThaiHealth, after 10 years along the path, has welcomed several delegations of inspectors and auditors – experts from the World...


Two lawmakers have expressed their concern over the proposed amendment of the Health Promotion Act, wanted instead to add transparency issues into the regulation for fearing the organisation would return to the original framework by focusing only on curing patients, while suggesting that ThaiHealth chairpersons not sit in the project approval committee.                         Today (Nov 5) Mr Somchai Swangkarn, member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) commented about the proposed amendment of the Health Promotion Act B.E. 2544 as saying that, after ThaiHealth’s annual audits, he viewed that ThaiHealth is an organisation with beneficial results. However, the law that is currently under public spotlight must be reconsidered. So as ThaiHealth as an organisation, must be ready to be under scrutiny, in condition that the auditing organisation performs such audit under standards. As now, there are concerns about the standards of both the audited and the auditing organisations. As for the issue of conflict of interest, ThaiHealth should reconsider its project approval method. The organisation’s chairpersons should not take second position in the project approval committee. Furthermore, if there is any task that is considered beyond the power of ThaiHealth, the organisation should let other organisations do such task.                       “If the government insists to amend the law, it should be done carefully by avoiding...


by Dr Prakit Watheesathokkij Former Chairperson of the Committee for the Establishment of Health Promotion Public Organisation                         The issue proposed by the Committee for the Establishment of Health Promotion Public Organisation (CEHPPO), to amend three articles of the Health Promotion Act – the definition of health promotion, the issue conflict of interest of the committee members, and the budgeting of ThaiHealth. I have nothing against the first two amendment proposals for better and clearer depiction for the society.                         But I, as one of the first founders of the Health Promotion funds, would like to clarify about the origin of the fund, especially about the special budgeting system – one that is completely beyond the orbit of the conventional budgeting, with serious scrutiny.                         The first ideas of the Health Promotion fund was initiated in 1995, after the birth of two tobacco control laws: Tobacco Product Control Act B.E. 1992, and Non-Smoker’s Health Protection Act B.E. 1992. Later in 1993, a problem was found after the failure of an attempt, by the Ministry of Public Health, to solicit a budget to assist the tobacco control work. At the same...

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