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Building Public Health Policy Expertise: Week-long Training Program for Health Officers from India

15 Mar 2024
School of Environment, Resources and Development

By School of Environment, Resources, and Development

15 March 2024: The Department of Development and Sustainability from the School of Environment, Resources, and Development, in collaboration with The Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute, Meghalaya, India, organized a 7-day training-cum-study visit program titled “Strategies for Effective Public Health Policy Making: Unveiling Thailand’s Insights for Influencing Practice and Shaping Policies,” held from March 9 to 15 March 2024. 30 participants from India actively engaged in this enlightening training initiative.

The primary objective of this program was to provide valuable exposure to healthcare officers, researchers, and practitioners from India in the field of public health. It aimed to cultivate cross-disciplinary and practical policy-making skills essential for influencing policy and practice effectively. Participants were provided with the opportunity to explore and capitalize on potential synergies between the participating institutions.

The program contained a series of lectures and interactive sessions facilitated by experts in various domains. Topics covered included logistics such as the demand and supply system for drugs, equipment, and vaccines, disease surveillance systems for both communicable and non-communicable diseases, health policy, and health finance in Thailand, as well as insights into Thailand’s innovative healthcare system. Moreover, sessions explored human resource policies, placements, transfers, promotions, and the organization of public healthcare delivery, focusing on urban and hard-to-reach areas.

Participants also visited two healthcare facilities, namely Klong 1 and Klong 4 Health Promotion Facilities, to observe firsthand the practices concerning the healthcare system. Furthermore, a half-day visit to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation provided participants with insights into health promotion movements aimed at improving health and well-being. On the concluding day of the program, participants visited the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, where they engaged in an insightful session on the district-level quality of life development system (CPC) about disease prevention and control in Thailand.

This training program is anticipated to serve as a platform for showcasing its outcomes and fostering discussions on potential areas of collaboration between the participating institutions.