The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced the Thai Health Promotion Foundation is the 2021 Nelson Mandela Award laureate for health promotion.
In recognition to the globally-renown human right icon born in South Africa, the award is given to a person, institution, governmental or nongovernmental organization who or which has/have made a significant contribution to health promotion.
Announced during the 74th World Health Assembly, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation has been instrumental in advancing health promotion in Thailand and globally over the past 20 years.
Pursuant to the Thai Health Promotion Foundation Act (2001), the objectives of the Foundation include: to promote health among Thai people of all ages in accordance with national health policy; to reduce the consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco; to develop community capacity in health promotion; and to carry out studies and research and develop knowledge on health promotion.
Speaking during the live telecast of the World Health Assembly, South Africa’s Minister of Health Zwelini Mkhize praised Thai Health for making a significant contribution to health promotion by staying true to its core mission of being agents of equality in access to health so that all people living in Thailand would have capacity and live in society and environment conducive to good health.
“The Nelson Mandel Award most fits for Thai Health Promotion Foundation to receive this recognition. Our revered Madiba once said quoted “Health cannot be a question of income. It is a fundamental human right.”
“This organisation implements its important work through health promotion in communities and occupational setting. By supporting initiatives, targeted vulnerable population, and through strategic multisectoral collaboration.
Their initiatives have touched millions of lives in Thailand and around the world for over two decades. The principles adopted by Thai Health resonate profoundly with the ideas of universal health coverage and advance the sustainable development goals at target. We together as a global community build resilient health care system,” he said.
Thai Health manager Dr Supreeda Adulyanon said, “This award is a tribute to our health promotion efforts, taking place around the world every single day. It is also a testament of the health promotion movement in Thailand.”
For two decades, ThaiHealth has served as a key innovative enabler of sustainable health and well being. Utilising the surcharge alcohol and tobacco excise tax, ThaiHealth currently support up to 4,000 projects each year.