SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine, Thailand

Fiscal Year 2007/2008

The Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University has been working under various international agencies since 1922. These international collaborations expand and strengthen medical and public health networks including human resource development through various joint training courses and research projects.

Community involvement programme is one of the main joint projects that has been implemented continuously under a unique collaboration between international agencies and SEAMEO TROPMED Thailand in fighting against tropical diseases.

  1. Asian Centre of International Parasite Control: ACIPAC

SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine is appointed as "The Asian Centre of International Parasite Control (ACIPAC)", established as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project under an agreement between the Governments of the Kingdom of Thailand and Japan.

Mosquito Breeding Place Survey by primary school students

Training course on Health Education in Helminthiasis Control for primary school teachers

Activities were to promote the concept of school-based development programme. The programme focused on the malaria and soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH) control, mainly through human resource development, which could be eventually extended to other health promotion program. Participating countries were come from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Kenya, and Timor Leste (East Timor).

Implementation of small-scale pilot project (SSPP) resulted in the establishment of national policies on parasite control and/or school health in some partner countries. It also provided a good opportunity for the formulation of partnerships among health and education sectors and international partners. ACIPAC has now extended its continuing activities for health education and health promotion among school children in Thailand, including school-based approach for infectious disease control and intervention such as avian influenza.

  1. Development of a school-based approach on emerging infectious disease control with emphasis on avian influenza in Thailand

Training on avian influenza prevention by using school and
community-based approach for teachers and community people

It has long been recognized by public-health personnel that health education is an effective strategy for disease prevention. Developing accurate knowledge through health education can prevent infectious diseases among all target groups.

The school health approach is also a widely accepted health education strategy. The school health approach yields good results for the prevention of malaria and intestinal parasitic infections, by using school students as a knowledge base to spread accurate information to their families and communities.

A comprehensive school health approach to emerging infectious disease control in Thailand has been evaluated by the SEAMEO TROPMED Thailand's research study in 2007/2008 in Suphan Buri province.

In the beginning, health education materials, such as teaching manuals and student text books were developed as tools for this school-based approach. Based on teacher manuals, a school-to-community approach has conducted as a method for social mobilization for controlling the diseases in the pilot area. Efficacy of the new module in both health promoting schools and non-health promoting schools was then evaluated.

Exhibition on avian influenza control by primary school students in avian influenza campaign day

SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine is planning to conduct more research studies on communicable disease prevention and control by using school health and community based approach in Suphan Buri province in 2010. Objectives aim to promote school health and community based approach among Suphan Buri's primary schools. This study will be jointly implemented between SEAMEO TROPMED Thailand and the International Medical Center of Japan.