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FIELD TRIPS




ROUTE 1: Tobacco Cessation & Smoke-Free Hospital (Ramathibodi Hospital)
Trip: Benjamabophit Temple, Bangkok
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Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwannaram."The Marble Temple" was built in 1899 by Prince Narisara Nuvativongse due to the request of H.M.King Chulalongk:on the great. The main ordination hall (Ubosot) consists of Buddha statue namely Phra Buddhajinaraja which is similar to Phra Buddha Chinarat at Wat Mahathat in Phitsanulok: province. The ashes of King Chulalongk:orn the great are buried beneath this Buddha statue. In the gallery surrounding the ubosot. There are 52 Buddha images in various styles-reflecting different mudras (signs).

His Majesty the King Chulalongk:orn the great was the Fifth King of the Chakri dynasty. "Wat Benchamabophit" means the temple of the Fifth King. That is Bencha = five. Benchama = the fifth. and bophitr (Pali - Pavitta) implies the king or prince.

The images of the temple's facade is visible on the reverse side of the Five Baht coin of Thai currency.




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
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Police General Hospital is a government hospital under the Royal Thai Police. Established in 1952 with 600 beds. Police general hospital is committed to providing high quality medical services for the police officer and the people.

In 2007 was declared a smoke - free hospital. According to the Ministry of Health policy. Establish a working group to create a screening and searching system for smokers in all patients. Established Fahsai Clinic to provide treatment to nicotine dependence syndrome. In addition, training for nurses to provide advice, support and encourange on the cancellation of cigarettes. As well as helping medical staffs in hospitals to quit smoking. To provide continuous campaign activity on non – smoking

Police Major General Chantana Withawasiri, who was the first head of working group. Studied the smoking situation of the police in the Royal Thai Police found that 30.9 % of smoker. And 40.3 % as police detective.

Police General Hospital recognizes the importance of quitting smoking. Smoking is the main cause of preventable illness. It causes a wide range of diseases and medical conditions, including cancers, respiratory diseases, coronary heart disease. So The police who quit smoking will has a better health. A positive image of law enforcement. And Smoke – Free Police station will be a model of strict law enforcement. Positive impact on the Royal Thai Police. The success of Thai police were able to quit smoking 41.3%








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
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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.