Thailand National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom* and ‘Tai’ Healthy Lifestyle #

  • General Information

On 12 June 2007 the Cabinet approved “National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom, ‘Tai’ Healthy Lifestyle B.E. 2550-2554 (2007-2011)” which determines the directions and the roles of indigenous medicine, Thai traditional medicine and alternative medicine in the national health system and requires the participation from various sectors involved to implement the plan.1 This National Strategic Plan is composed of five strategies related to indigenous medicine, Thai traditional medicine and alternative medicine (IM/TTM/AM), namely: -

  1. Development and management of knowledge of IM/TTM/AM
  2. Development of health system
  3. Development of workforce
  4. Development of Thai traditional medicines and herbal medicines
  5. Protection of Thai traditional knowledge related to indigenous medicine, Thai traditional medicine and Thai herbs.1

“The 2nd National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom, ‘Tai’ Healthy Lifestyle B.E. 2555-2559 (2012-2016)” was prepared by “Subcommittee on the Preparation of the National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom, ‘Tai’ Healthy Lifestyle” and “National Committee on the Development of Local Wisdom on Health” and was approved by the National Health Commission and later by the Cabinet on 20 May 2012.  The strategic plan continues with the development on indigenous medicine, Thai traditional medicine and alternative medicine in the national health system.  It also formed the framework for the participation from various sectors involved to implement the plan in order to help people being self-reliant on health care.  This National Strategic Plan is composed of six strategies related to IM/TTM/AM, namely: -

  1. Knowledge development and management
  2. Development of community health system and health service system
  3. Development of workforce in IM/TTM/AM
  4. Development of herbal medicinal products and herbal products system
  5. Development of the system and mechanism for the protection of Thai traditional medical knowledge  
  6. Public communication in the areas of indigenous medicine, Thai traditional medicine, and alternative medicine2

The Plan set up strategy/measures, key performance indicators, goals for each strategy to achieve at the end of 5-year period, institutes responsible for collaborating or implementing each strategy, and implementation plan.2

  • Contact Details

Subcommittee on the Preparation of the National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom, ‘Tai’ Healthy Lifestyle” and “National Committee on the Development of Local Wisdom on Health
National Health Commission
National Health Commission Office of Thailand
National Health Building, 3rd Floor,
88/39, Tiwanont 14 Rd., Muang District,
Nonthaburi 11000 Thailand.
Tel: +66-2832-9000
Website: http://en.nationalhealth.or.th/

Glossary:

* “Tai’ Wisdom means knowledge, technology, practices and biodiversity existing in Thailand covering the context of Thai traditional medicine, Thai indigenous medicine and alternative medicine.
# “Tai’ Healthy lifestyle means pathways that lead to health and allow people to be free from sickness, unhappiness, and all kinds of stress 

Reference:

  1. Wibulpolprasert S. (ed.). National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom, ‘Tai’ Ways of Health B.E. 2550-2554. Bangkok: War Veterans Administration Printing. 2007.
  2. The Second National Strategic Plan on the Development of ‘Tai’ Wisdom, ‘Tai’ Healthy Lifestyle B.E. 2555-2559 (2012-2016). Nonthaburi: National Committee on the Development of Local Health Wisdom, National Health Commission Office. 2012.