Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) is an independent state agency set up according to the Health Promotion Act 2001 and funded by the 2% surcharge tax of tobacco & alcohol excise taxes.
“To promote initiative, enthusiasm, coordination and mobilisation among individuals as well as various organisations in all sectors so that they have capability to form a society conducive to good health.”
Has a Governing Board chaired by the Prime Minister with half of its members from independent social organizations. ThaiHealth promotes well-being in 4 dimensions: Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social.
Funds over 1,000 projects a year
Spends around $US 100 million on health promoting activities a year
Works with a wide range of multi-sectorial partners
ThaiHealth has employed the “Tri-Power Model” as the key strategy to solve difficult social problems by simultaneously strengthening capacity in three interrelated sectors:
Creation of Relevant Knowledge through Research
Political Involvement and Advocacy
ThaiHealth is a model organization in supporting and advocating for health promotion in various countries, such as Lao PDR, Malaysia, South Korea, Tonga, and Vietnam.
ThaiHealth is now a member and Chair (2010-2012) of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations (INHPF), which aims at enhancing the performance of existing health promotion foundations and to support the establishment of new health promotion foundations using innovative financing mechanisms.
For more information, please visit www.hpfoundations.net
ThaiHealth is on the Board of Trustees of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), and will host the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion on 25-29 August 2013. This will be the first time the event will be held in a developing country in Asia.
For more information, please visit www.iuhpe.org
The World Health Organization (WHO) acclaims ThaiHealth as an example of an outstanding organization working on health promotion, through realistic plans and sustainable funding, and may be a model for other low and middle income countries worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.who.int
ThaiHealths’ partners play a key role in the global advocacy for health promotion, in issues as NCDs, alcohol, tobacco and physical activities at the World Health Assembly and International Conferences.