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Promot Educ ; 14(4): 250-3, 2007.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-18372878


A landmark in health promotion in Thailand came in 2001 with the launching of the Universal Health Coverage Scheme at the cost of approximately USD 2 billion a year. Another important event was the establishment of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) as a health promotion funding mechanism that draws upon a 2 percent surcharge levied on alcohol and tobacco excise tax, approximately USD 50-60 million a year. The most significant institutional development is the promulgation of the National Health Act in 2007. The Act embraces the principle of human rights and key principles of the Ottawa Charter in 2005. It is a result of five years of extensive public dialogues on important health issues that enhanced public awareness and nation wide networking on health promotion. ThaiHealth regards itself as a catalyst for health promotion. The organisation collaborates with all sectors of the society, from the national to the grassroots level, and is the most notable organisation for health promotion in Thailand. ThaiHealth funds programs on health risks/issues such as alcohol, tobacco, accidents, exercise, as well as area or setting based programs, for example, school, work place, community, and programs that target specific population groups such as the youth, the elderly, Muslim community. The open grants program invites proposals from all kinds of organizations/groups interested in launching health promotion initiatives. The endeavour has started to bear fruit. Smoking and alcohol consumption rates have dropped and more people have become health conscious and do more exercise. However, much remains to be done as some population groups especially the youth have become susceptible to various kinds of health risks. This remarkable start must be sustained and reinforced by the continuation and expansion of knowledge generation and dissemination, relentless policy advocacy and creative public campaign, with a strong health promotion network as the most critical success factor.

Política de Saúde , Promoção da Saúde/organização & administração , Saúde Pública , Marketing Social , Consumo de Bebidas Alcoólicas , Comportamento Cooperativo , Exercício Físico , Comportamentos Relacionados com a Saúde , Promoção da Saúde/tendências , Humanos , Estilo de Vida , Abandono do Hábito de Fumar , Tailândia , Tabaco
s.l; Thai Health Promotion Foundation; 2002. 95 p.
Monografia em Inglês | CidSaúde - Cidades saudáveis | ID: cid-57271