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Thailand

  • By: Shaughan A. Keaton & Robert M. McCann
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The Kingdom of Thailand, population 68 million, shares borders with Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia. Infectious disease burden (including years of life lost) is significant, though improving. Major infectious diseases include HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue fever, various types of hepatitis, and tuberculosis (TB). Other public health concerns include smoking, food safety, road safety, cancer, and heart disease. All of these health threats have been targeted for campaigns by Thailand's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and many public and private organizations. Over the past three decades, MoPH has produced numerous disease prevention and intervention strategies that have had major domestic and global outcomes. Subsequently, health communication campaigns and the study of health communication have garnered a significant degree of attention in Thailand.

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