Thai Health Official Calls for Greater Public Health Cooperation Along Border With Myanmar To Control HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria
Increased cooperation of public health services along Thailand's border with Myanmar is needed to control diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, acting Permanent Secretary of Thailand's Ministry of Public Health Prad Boonyawongviroj said recently, the Bangkok Post reports. Speaking at a meeting on the development of health collaboration along the border in Ratchaburi, Thailand, Prad called for prevention measures to address the diseases, as well as increased partnerships between the ministry and international organizations working along the border. According to data from the public health ministry, there were 934 HIV/AIDS cases, 119 TB cases and 10,310 malaria cases recorded in 2005 in nine camps for immigrants in the Thai provinces of Kanchanaburi, Tak and Ratchaburi. The meeting was attended by ministry officials, as well as representatives from the World Health Organization and other international nongovernmental organizations (Apinya, Bangkok Post, 4/28).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.