The NHA Organizing Committee decides to convene the 14th National Health Assembly (NHA 14) from 15th – 16th December 2021 under the theme Active Citizens’ Power Against Health Crises. In the light of COVID-19 pandemic, the assembly is held in a hybrid form both on-site and on-line.
NHA 14 Agenda
The NHA Organizing Committee announces 3 agenda items for NHA 14 based on the criteria of significance and complexity of the issue that requires multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration for solution, severity and impact of a problem, feasibility of policy implementation. The 3 agenda items are listed below.
- Promotion of sustainable healthy environment in COVID-19 crisis
- Protection of equitable access to health services by specific populations in crisis
- Participatory Communication Management in Health Crisis
The Progress of 5 Resolutions to be reported at NHA 14.
- Revision of National Health Assembly Resolution: Thailand ban asbestos measure (NHA 12.1)
- Gender Approach: Family Health Empowerment (NHA 12.2)
- Coalition fight cancer in community (NHA 12.3)
- Community-centered system management for becoming a Rational Drug Use country (NHA 12.4)
- Participatory health crisis management for pandemics (NHA 13.2)
What’s New in NHA
Thailand’s National Health Assembly have transformed itself for better performance. The changes in NHA are summarized herewith.
- Incorporated Assemblies and Processes: Link the National Health Assembly with the provincial health assembly and the issue-based health assembly in order to make the incorporation of an upstream policy process (consulting, drafting and adopting the resolutions) and a downstream policy process (implementing the resolutions).
- Technical Preparation: Make a technical preparation for agenda items in a 2-year period.
- Reporting and Knowledge Exchange: Give more importance to report and exchange the progress of the resolutions.
- Revising Members : Open to an individual to attend the National Health Assembly according to section 44, paragraph 1 of the National Health Act and revise the member of the National Health Assembly in in accordance with agenda items of the Assembly according to section 44, paragraph 2 of the National Health Act.
What’s New in NHA 14
The NHA 14 marks the second year of NHA transformation. The National Health Assembly continues creating new things for this year.
- NHA Literacy: Providing intensive online courses for people who are interested in a participatory healthy public policy process especially for lecturers, students and young generation.
- Youth Engagement: Providing a space for youth to actively engage the National Health Assembly, for example, a youth led consultation process on draft NHA agendas through various online channels.
- NHA Side Events: In the past, the side events were organized on the NHA days. This year, the NHA weeks are initiated and organized throughout the country both on-site and on-line.
- Commitment to NHA Resolutions: Shifting the focus on the NHA day from resolution adoption to resolution commitment and celebration.
Where NHA Resolutions go
After a consensus-based adoption of the resolutions at the assembly, all resolutions are submitted to the National Health Commission which is chaired by the Prime Minister for consideration and action. If necessary, the resolutions are further submitted to the Cabinet. In parallel, the resolutions go to the NHA Resolution Follow-up Committee that has a duty to strategize implementation of the resolutions.