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:: Preface ::
 
           The 2008 edition of the Thai Health Report Yearbook the 5 th issue released to the public. As for this publication,
the authors have selected the “hot” issue of “global warming” and have included a special article in the current issue,
“Global Warming: A Real Threat from Humans” Thailand has faced global warming as have other parts of the world due to
various human activities that have released greenhouse gases. Global warming is a severe problem which widely affects all
aspects of our lives. If the problem continues to worsen and human beings do not try to limit and reduce greenhouse
gases, there is an approximate probability of 50% that the planet's temperature will increase by more than 5 degree Celsius
within the next ten years. Such a rise in temperature would be catastrophic for certain areas. Although human beings have
started to realize the threat of global warming, the world has not been able so far to reduce activities that have released
greenhouse gases.
 
           The 2008 edition of the Thai Health Report Yearbook the 5 th issue released to the public. As for this publication, the authors have
selected the hot issue of global warming and have included a special article in the current issue, Global Warming: A Real Threat from Humans
Thailand has faced global warming as have other parts of the world due to various human activities that have released greenhouse gases. Global
warming is a severe problem which widely affects all aspects of our lives. If the problem continues to worsen and human beings do not try to limit
and reduce greenhouse gases, there is an approximate probability of 50% that the planet's temperature will increase by more than 5 degree
Celsius within the next ten years. Such a rise in temperature would be catastrophic for certain areas. Although human beings have started to
realize the threat of global warming, the world has not been able so far to reduce activities that have released greenhouse gases.

           Global Warming: A Real Threat from Humans notes that global warming will hopefully drive people in Thai society to acknowledge and
address the problem as well as try to find solutions, guidelines, and energy reduction measures.

           The ten outstanding health situations covered in this issue represent some of the key issues that have garnered public attention over
the past year. For example, it is widely known that the Southern unrest is a problem that has plagued the country for the past four years and thus
requires continued and that constant monitoring. Even though some measures have been launched to decrease the frequency of the violence,
much more needs to be done to develop effective strategies to stem the tide of terrorism.

          The ten critical issues covered here are: 1. New Laws to Protect Victims of Violence: Another Step towards Stopping Violence against
Women 2. Four Years of Fire in the South......More Violence and Brutalities 3. It's Time to Prevent and Effectively Deal with Unsafe Abortion 4.
Dengue Spreads due to Global Warming 5. Computer Crime Act: A Restriction of Freedom in the Cyber World? 6. Mab Ta Put...,Influxes of Misery,
Flowing with Pollution 7. Thailand to Be Flooded with Garbage within the Next 3 Years 8. TV Ratings: Adults' Responsibility toward Young
Viewers 9. Ensuring That the War against Cervical Cancer Goes in the Right Direction 10. Health Center Transfer to Local Administrative
Organizations, Returning Health to People.

          Several beneficial research studies have been included in this report. These studies, all of which were conducted by Thai researchers, have
valuable and significant impacts on Thai health. This year we proudly presented four outstanding health studies, namely: 1. UNESCO rewarded a
young Thai scientist for solutions to plant and animal extinction 2. Health insurance scheme granted patients with kidney disease the right to
kidney dialysis and transplantation free of charge 3. Thai people developed the Strip Test for Alpha Thalassemia Detection, the world's first
successful detection method for thalassemia 4. Thai researchers succeeded in developing a Biosensor, the world's first bird flu detector.

          Health indicators of this year were dedicated to the issue of Preschool Children, which is considered a crucial age for brain and physical
development. This period is the best time to develop children's thinking, writing, and socialization skills in order to become good adults in the
future. This age is really a turning point to be able to memorize, increase their innovative thinking no matter what their economic status, and
create the This is the time when all children, no matter what their economic status, develop their intelligent quotients (IQ), the emotional
quotients (EQ), moral quotients (MQ), and the social quotients (SQ).

          The presentation of this year's Thai health indicators have changed from addressing various indices to selecting the main theme of
Preschool Children consisting of 13 indicators, namely: 1. Growth in the Womb and Delivery 2. Diseases of Preschool Children 3. Breast Milk and
Bottle-Feeding 4. Supplementary Foods 5. Malnutrition 6. Dental Health 7. Emotional Intelligence 8. Development of Intelligence in Different Area
9. Orphans/ HIV Infected Children/ Disabled Children 10. Caregiver 11. Influence of Childcare on Child Development 12. Care Provided by Childcare
centers 13. Today's Media

          We truly hope that every section of this report will help all health-conscious readers gain knowledge and understanding of the problems
described and extensively apply our suggestions to develop our society further.
 

Thai Health Report Team

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