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Capacity building

Sharing and Learning Programme

On the Healthy Public Policy Process

At the National Health Assembly

 

14 – 17 December 2010

United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

I.         Background

 ‘Health Systems’ in the broad sense does not focus merely at health as the absence of diseases and infirmity; instead it means ‘a well-being system that is interrelated in all dimensions - physical, mental, social, and spiritual - holistically in balance’. 

 Enhancing the well-being of individuals and societies requires various strategies. One of them is mainstreaming health into public policies which required meaningful and active participation of stakeholders at all levels. The participatory approach will make public polices efficient, transparent and responsive, or in another word – leading to ‘Healthy Public Policies’ (HPP).

 The National Health Act of Thailand, 2007 gives an importance to the development process of HPP through the health assembly process and health impact assessment. These powerful tools have been developed for 7 years before enacting the Act.

Stipulated in the National Health Act, the National Health Assembly (NHA) is organized annually since 2008. The year-round process of organizing NHA allows a variety of organizations/networks to propose the agenda items. After the NHA Organizing Committee approved the agenda, the technical working groups will develop policy proposals which consist the situation analysis and draft resolution. The policy proposals will be disseminated to the organizations/networks for consultation. The revision of the policy proposals will be made based on  the public opinion and will be brought to  the National Health Assembly to find consensus.

NHA’s resolutions can be translated into action through various channels, e.g., the cabinet, government agencies, local government and civil society organizations. Importantly, there will be a follow-up to the implementation of the resolutions and publicize its progress on a regular basis. 

Through the extensive implementation as stated, the policy formulation process has become inclusive and systematic. Besides, it creates a new set of knowledge on developing healthy public policy to keep pace with the rapid changing world.

In the globalization era, a policy from one country can be an expense of the other countries. If every country can join hand in driving PHPP movement by sharing knowledge and experiences, it is believed that public policies of each country and eventually of the region will take into account the actual needs of the people. For this reason, it will be a good opportunity to invite international participants to observe the National Health Assembly and exchange their knowledge and experience on   PHPP of each country.

 

II.       Objectives

  1. Promote networking among participants and their organizations to enhance HPP in the Asia and Pacific region
  2. Drive HPP movement through exchange of knowledge and experiences among Asia and Pacific countries.

 

III.      Expected Outcome

Since the participants are senior community leaders, NGOs and policy makers, the programme is not designed based on a technical or theoretical knowledge. Primarily, participants will share their ideas and experiences on the public policy process and learn from each other.  By sharing and learning collectively, the programme serves to facilitate self-reflection by the participants.

This will enhance the knowledge and experiences on HPP and motivate the future collaboration among participants on driving PHPP movement together.

IV.     Draft Prgramme

 

DAY 1

14 December 2010                

09.00 – 12.00 hrs        Orientation to the Programme Dialogue on Situation of Public Policy Process in Different Countries                           

13.00 – 16.00 hrs        A Process of National Health Assembly (NHA)

 

DAY 2

15 December 2010

09.00 – 12.00 hrs        Attending NHA Participants are required to attend selected sessions to observe the process and content to be discussed at NHA. English interpretation is available in all sessions.                                 

13.00 – 14.00 hrs        NHA Tour: Exhibition, Press Room, One-Stop Service

14.00 - 17.00 hrs        Attending NHA (Continued)                                

17.00 – 18.00 hrs        Reflection of the day

 

Day 3

16 December 2010

09.00 – 09.10 hrs        Speech by Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region

09.10 – 12.00 hrs        Attending NHA Participants are required to attend selected sessions to observe the process and content to be discussed at NHA. English interpretation is available in all sessions.                                

13.00 – 14.00 hrs        NHA Tour: Exhibition, Press Room, One-Stop Service

14.00 - 17.00 hrs        Attending NHA (Continued)                               

17.00 – 18.00 hrs        Reflection of the day

 

Day 4

17 December 2010

09.00 – 12.00 hrs      Dialogue on How to Strengthen the Learning Network on Public Policy Process

13.00 – 16.00 hrs      NHA Observation

  1. Panel discussion on  “From Health Assembly to National Reform Assembly”
  2. Plenary session to adopt resolutions
  3. Keynote address on “Building Social Justice to Close the Social Gap” by Prof. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economy,  1991 Keynote address
  4. Closing keynote address by Prime Minister Apisith Vejjajiva        

Speakers / Facilitators

  •  Dr. Amphon Jindawatthana, National Health Commission Office 
  •  Dr. Viroj  Tangcharoensathien, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health 
  •  Dr. Jiraporn Limpananont, Foundation For Consumers 
  •  Dr. Chatree Chareonsiri, Independent Consultant

Organizing Structure

Advisors

  • Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert

Senior Advisor on Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

  • Dr. Amphon Jindawatthana

Secretary General, National Health Commission, Thailand

  • Dr. Churnrurtai Karnchanachitra

President, Third Thailand’s National Health Assembly, Thailand

Focal Point

  • Ms. Nanoot Mathurapote  

National Health Commission Office, Thailand

 

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Nanoot Mathurapote

Coordinator, Global Collaboration Development Programme

National Health Commission Office, Thailand
Tel:  (66)-2-590-2310
Fax:  (66)-2-590-2310
Email: nanoot@nationalhealth.or.th
www.nationalhealth.or.th

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