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:: Preface ::
 

The Thai Health Working Group is proud to release the sixth issue of Thai Health. The working group has received positive feedback from many organizations, many occupations, and all age groups. The material has been presented at various forums, and has been used for organizing activities in villages and communities. The feedback we have received encourages us to continue.

First-time readers of Thai Health Report should note that the report brings together information on the annual health situation, the physical, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions of health. For the 2009 report, the working group agreed that the issue of violence has been becoming increasingly prominent in Thai society for many years, and is having increasingly serious effects on the health of Thai people. The violence in the southernmost provinces, political conflict, violent crime, violence against children and women, and violence on television all contribute. The special issue for this years report is Stop Violence for Well-being of Mankind.

 

The hope is to contribute to increased social harmony, so that we turn all our hands from fighting one another to building a healthy society. As with previous issues, the report is divided into 3 parts. Part one Health Indicators examines several dimensions of the health care system:

  1. Health service delivery
  2. Human resources for health
  3. Health information systems
  4. Medical equipments and technologies
  5. Health financing
  6. Access and coverage
  7. Quality and safety
  8. Health equity
  9. Social and financial risk protection
  10. Efficiency

Part two considers Ten Health Issues. The first issue is the political conflicts that have adversely impacted on the health of the people in recent years. The second is the reemergence of narcotic drugs; the third is the fuel price crisis and its impacts on the poor; the fourth is Thais at risk of depression and suicide; the fifth is the governments introduction of compulsory licensing, resulting in improved access to drugs among Thai people; the sixth is sexual harassment in educational institutions; the seventh is melamine in milk; the eighth is the fate of migrant workers from neighbouring countries in Thailand; the ninth is AIDS and Thai youth; and the tenth issue is the National Health Assembly, which will become an important means for advancing social health.

Part three of the report is a special article discussing the many hidden dimensions of violence in Thai social and cultural structures. It looks at the conflict in the southernmost provinces, at the struggle between state and community over resource management, and at physical, verbal, and psychological violence against individuals, family members, and gender, the main victims of which are children, women, and old people. The article suggests ways out of the violence.

The working group hopes that the Thai Health Report has faithfully documented events during the year, and that it will be a valuable source of information. We will be very happy if the report is used as a reference work and as a resource for social change.

The Working Group for Thai Health Report

 
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