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Current 'Healthy Cities and Communities' Movements in Thailand

Colloquium with Prof. Adisak Sattam, School of Health Science, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University

Monday, May 14, 2007
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
10367 Bunche Hall (10th floor)
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

With insufficient or inadequate urban planning and inefficient city management, cities can grow haphazardly and create problems with physical environment as well as social and economic problems.  Cooperation by several stakeholders toward addressing negative city aspects has produced "healthy city and community" movements in Thailand.

“Muang Na Yoo”, the Thai version of “Healthy Cities,” was initially introduced as a demonstration project in Thailand based on the World Health Organization’s “Healthy Cities” model with its financial support in 1994 in five cities nationwide.  While the WHO’s “Healthy Cities” model was underway under the leadership of the Thai Ministry of Public Health, the Office of Policy and Plan for Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Environment Quality Promotion with support from SIDA, launched another cooperative project called “Local Agenda 21” (LA 21). This pilot project, covering three cities, was aimed at promoting and supporting local activities for self-environment situation assessment, creating self-awareness in natural resources and environment conservation, along with providing support for civic participation.

The comprehensive drives towards becoming healthy cities and communities have included such areas of development as prioritizing a system of mass transit, reduction of garbage, city beautification, provision of green spaces, promoting good urban nutrition, preservation of a toxin-free environment, provision of housing security, creation of  economic and social defenses, strengthening land use regulations, and ensuring good governance.  

This paper will examine these movements and attempt to tease out lessons including issues regarding needs assessment, resources, structure, management, as well as cooperation and coalition-building (local, national, and international).

Adisak Sattam is Associate Professor of Public Health, School of Health Science, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Nonthaburi, Thailand.  He received his B.Sc. from Mahidol University, his M.P.H. from the University of Hawaii, and his Dr.P.H. from the University of South Carolina.

Parking in UCLA's Lot 3 costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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