ROUTE 1: Tobacco Cessation & Smoke-Free Hospital (Ramathibodi Hospital)
Trip: Benjamabophit Temple, Bangkok
Wat Benjamabophit Dusitvanaram is a Buddhist temple in the Dusit district of Bangkok, Thailand. Also known as the marble temple, it is one of Bangkok's best-known temples and a major tourist attraction. It typifies Bangkok's ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs and elaborate finials
ROUTE 2: Thai Way-of-Life towards Healthy Smoke-free UniverCITY (Srinakharinwirot University Hospital)
Trip:Thai life, Nakorn Nayok Province
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Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot university & HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn Medical Center (MSMC) were established in 1985 in order to alleviate the shortage of physicians in Thailand, and to produce young generation of physicians with health promotion concerns.
Over the past several years, the faculty & MSMC have developed several community-based health promotion models. Many of them were awarded at the national & international levels. One of the most successful & well-known projects include the smoke-free university & Nakhon Nayok city (“Healthy Smoke-free UniverCITY”).
The“Healthy Smoke-free UniverCITY”has been established since 2015 by the MSMC tobacco-control staff members, in co-operating with local government & health officers, community leaders, along with religious leaders in the city. Strategic & action plans were developed and implemented using local culture & way-of-life of people. Since the project has been initiated, number of smokers in the university & city dropped significantly. Currently, “Healthy Smoke-free UniverCITY”has become one of the landmark projects in both national & international levels.
ROUTE 3: Smoke-Free Workplace & Cessation (Police General Hospital)
Trip: Erawan Shrine, Bangkok
The Erawan Shrine, formally the Thao Maha Phrom Shrine, is a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. A popular worship attraction, it often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes, who are hired by worshippers in return for seeing their prayers at the shrine answered.
ROUTE 4: Tobacco Cessation & Musical Therapy (Bangkok Hospital)
Trip: Bangkok General Hospital (The biggest private hospital) Tour
Bangkok Hospital is a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. It was opened in 1972 by a team of physicians, pharmacists and 30 nurses. It is one of the largest privately-owned hospitals in Southeast Asia. The original hospital became the Bangkok Hospital Group, now Thailand's largest hospital operator with 40 locations in major cities throughout Thailand.
ROUTE 5: Tobacco Cessation in NCD Clinic (Paolo Hospital)
Trip: Chatuchak Market, Bangkok
Chatuchak Weekend Market is very popular shopping centre to Thais and has become a popular place to tourists and foreigners who stay in Bangkok, has over 200,000 visitors each day (SAT-SUN) 30% is foreign. There are almost everything can be found here at a bargaining local price, and most vendors actually come from local factories, like antique wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every parts of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden funitures, handmade decorated flowers, plant, ceramic wares, dools, Thai Bejarong, Chinese wares, garden decorated plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, fluffy dogs and more miscellaneous, etc.
ROUTE 6: Media Creativity in Tobacco Control & Smoke-free hospital (Siriraj Hospital)
Trip: Siriraj Universiry Hospital (The biggest and oldest hospital in Thailand) Tour
The Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital and its medical school constitute the oldest medical institute in Thailand founded by HM King Chulalongkorn on 26 April 1888 and was given the name of “Siriraj Hospital”. “Siriraj Pathayakorn School” was established to be the first medical school in Thailand. The teaching and learning began on 5 September 1890 with the first graduates in 1893 and this medical school was given the title of “Rajapathayalai” by HM King Chulalongkorn in 1900.
The medical school was developed to the Faculty of Medicine and the teaching and learning in bachelor degree was firstly initiated in Thailand. The University of Medicine was established in 1942 and Mahidol University in 1968. Appropriately, the name of Faculty of Medicine and Siriraj Hospital was changed to Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. With the great benevolence of HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the standard of medical studies and the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital was lifted up to the international standard. Today, Siriraj Hospital is the country’s largest tertiary and quaternary-care medical center with more than 2,800,000 outpatient visits and 80,000 inpatient admission each year. The Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital consists of 25 Departments, various specialized centers and centers of excellence.
ROUTE 7: Health Promotion for Tobacco Control and Sustainable Development
Trip: Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth)
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Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) is an autonomous state agency established by Health Promotion Foundation Act (2001). It acts as an innovative enabler with the mission to inspire, motivate, coordinate, and empower individuals and organizations in all sectors for the enhancement of health promotive capability as well as healthy society and environment. Currently, there are 15 master plans that ThaiHealth has endorsed as its strategic plans for health promotion(tobacco control is one of them), which are proactively and strategically executed through its partners nationwide. “Tri-Power Strategy” is employed by ThaiHealth, where strengthening three interconnected angles of the triangle or sectors is necessary to address the multi-pronged public health issues including NCDs. The three angles are 1) Policy Power 2) Knowledge Power and 3) Social Power.
In conclusion, with its catalytic and strategic support of multi-sectoral partners, ThaiHealth has contributed to a significant achievement of tobacco control and NCD prevention in Thailand utilizing innovative financial mechanism (sin-tax from tobacco and alcohol). The ThaiHealth model has been widely recognized by countries in South-East Asia and other regions, particularly its success in supporting movement on health promotion and NCD population-based interventions, such as social marketing campaigns, filling the gap of knowledge-to-policy, coordination for the engagement of multi-sectoral partners and networks. ThaiHealth has also become a learning hub for health promotion and NCD prevention at the international level.