29 May 2015
Thailand attaches great importance to global health policy and public health as the country recognizes that good health is the fundamental building blocks of society and sustainable development. Thailand has invested heavily both financially and in terms of human resource to achieve this goal. Thailand’s utmost priority is to achieve an extensive and effective health system, or Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC is based on equity and the right to health, and ensures that all people have access to the health services they need. Since its introduction in 2002, Thailand’s UHC success story has set a high bench mark, and we are currently sharing our know-how and experience with other developing countries.
Thailand’s involvement in the work of the World Health Organization covers a wide range of issues. The Thai Government has strived to build our health system, and to achieve health standards stipulated in the International Health Regulations. Further, the government wishes to underline our commitment in the global effort to fight against Anti-Microbial Resistance. In the context of Non-Commutable Diseases, Thailand has pushed forward the issue of maternal, infant and young child nutrition.
Lastly, Thailand has recognized the synergy in linking global health and foreign policy. In this regard, Thailand and six other countries have launched the Foreign Policy in Global Health (FPGH) initiative. As part of its collaborative work, the FPGH Group submits a draft resolution to the United Nations General Assembly each year on a topic which the Group sees as a priority in global health. In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Group’s draft resolution on the issue of the protection of health workers in conflicts and emergency situations.