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  • Tom 1:46 pm on December 6, 2009 Permalink
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    UNAIDs: Changing the HIV/AIDs situation in Thailand 

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon: Flickr.com

    No Government in this world can protect people from HIV/AIDs, the change must come from the people said Dr Michael Hahn, UNAIDs Country Coordinator for Thailand.

    This means that the Government can only help by providing the environment to facilitate change, especially to the risk groups such as same-sex groups or drug addicts who share infected needles.

    As an international agency for HIV/AIDs, the UNAIDs provide a support system, linking the Government, the civil society and other relevant parties together. It doesn’t reach out to the patients directly but it helps Thailand get the support they need such as technical support, better development policy or training in certain areas such as spreading awareness or prevention methods. (More …)

  • Tom 9:36 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Ko Phraya Petch, , Lop Buri River, natural habitat, , Posing Thai Elephants, Royal Elephant Kraal, ,   

    Ko Phraya Petch: a refuge for ferocious elephants 

    2 elephants bathing, crystal clear sea, white sand, wild jungle

    2 elephants bathing, crystal clear sea, white sand, wild jungle: Flickr.com

    Ferocious killer elephants have been capturing headlines–and public wonder–in Thailand’s local news, but the reasons for the mounting numbers of elephants with an attitude–just why they have become ferocious, is not clear. However, in Thailand’s central Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province, there is an ancient sanctuary founded long ago dedicated solely to provide shelter to calm the spirits of disturbed elephants and to provide them a grounding place to live quietly.

    Not only is this elephant shelter, the so-called ‘Ko Phraya Petch’, for brutal elephants, but next to it is Ayutthaya province’s Royal Elephant Kraal, where others including the most recent killer elephant called ‘Natalie’ are looked after. (More …)

  • Tom 9:28 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
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    ‘Happy Faces’ for jumbos: Move elephants from Bangkok’s mean streets to natural habitats 

    Thailand elephants

    Thailand elephants: photo: Bohdan Szcześniak

    Scenes of hungry, unemployed elephants wandering the crowded streets of Bangkok begging for food and money from tourists and urbanites may soon be a memory after the Thai capital’s municipal government—the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, (the BMA or City Hall)—recently kicked off strict new measures to ban the elephants from the streets and enlist help from the Provincial Administrative Organisation in the northeastern province of Surin, home to large numbers of both pachyderms and their handlers, the mahouts, in an attempt to find a lasting and sustainable solution to the problem.

    Following City Hall’s Elephant Smile Project, the Returning Elephant to its Homeland project was launched to help shelter wandering elephants in the capital. Over 7,000 rai of land (some 2,800 acres) at the Elephant Studies Centre in Surin’s Tha Tum district, is now home to wandering elephants after the centre received a government budget of 22 million baht (US$660,000). (More …)

  • Tom 9:06 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Babie, , , , , Clinic, , , , health care, , , HIV treatments, , , , Red Cross Society, , , , , treatments,   

    HIV Support Programs in Thailand under the Royal Patronage 

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon: Flickr.com

    Thailand has been praised for the success in reducing the number of new diagnosed HIV patients since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981. The hard work of related sections as well as the essential support from the royal family showed the huge amount of HIV infected reduction within the country.

    HRH Princess Soamsawali, the niece of HRH Queen Sirikit was the one who showed strong commitment in the area of HIV/AIDS. Numbers of the Red Cross Society Programs on HIV infection were under her patronage, with the main project being launched to reduce AIDS infection from mother to baby.

    The project “Reducing AIDS Infection from Mother to New-Born Baby” has been operated with cooperation from the HIV Netherlands and Australia as Thailand Research Collaboration (HIV NAT) to establish an internationally accepted HIV clinic and laboratory guideline as well as to conduct other critical studies on HIV. The program aimed at underprivileged patients to be able to access proper HIV treatments. (More …)

  • Tom 8:43 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , dinosaurs, , , , , , , natural tourist attraction, Philippine, , Sattahip, Sattahip bay, Sattahip Beach, , sea turtles, , Thai turtles, , , , , , ,   

    Protected Thai turtles in Sattahip 

    Sattahip bay

    Sattahip bay: Flickr.com

    Despite being hunted as food and medicine in some countries, turtles, the ancient symbols of longevity which outlived the dinosaurs, survive well in Sattahip under the care of the Royal Thai Navy.

    The Royal Thai Navy has a role in the protection of turtles in response to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s concern on the preservation of Thai turtles. A center has been established with an aim to nurture the sea turtles and return as much as possible to the sea.

    The Sea Turtle Conservation Center was set up on the coast of Sattahip bay in 1992 with the help of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to promote the place as a natural tourist attraction. The area is under the responsibility of the Air and Coastal Defense Command of the Royal Thai Navy. (More …)

  • Tom 4:44 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
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    Thailand and US keep cooperating in the fight against HIV 

    Know your HIV status

    Know your HIV status: Flickr.com

    The US government confirmed that cooperative response to HIV/AIDS with Thailand would be sustained to combat the spread of AIDS and to encourage further medical research.

    US Ambassador Eric G. John in Thailand voiced confidence that the two governments would keep on working for better lives of those HIV/AIDS infected patients.

    Thailand and the US have coordinated in public health for over 40 years through many state agencies such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) and US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (More …)

  • Tom 8:13 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Chikungunya, doctor, encephalitis, , , human, , mosquitoes, Nipah virus, , , , viruses, WHO,   

    Global warming will contribute to more outbreaks 

    Global Warming

    Global Warming: Flickr.com

    Global warming will contribute to outbreaks of diseases transmitted by rodents and insects, experts say.

    Director of the Center for Cooperation of World Health Organization, Professor Theerawat Hemachutha, said in a seminar on global warming and diseases that global warming would cause a massive migration of animals, especially rodents and insects. These animals, some of them are parasites of larger animals, will be carriers and will spread viruses to humans. One of the most dangerous diseases is encephalitis.

    The doctor also warned against a spread of Nipah virus which is one of the viruses that can cause encephalitis. Bats are the main carrier of the virus which can be transmitted via contact. A pandemic of Nipah encephalitis has been reported in the neighboring Malaysia. Another disease which the doctor warned of is Chikungunya with mosquitoes as carriers. (More …)

  • Tom 7:59 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
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    Wat Phrabat Nampu, the Sanctuary for HIV Patients 

    Wat Phrabat Nampu

    Wat Phrabat Nampu, the Sanctuary for HIV Patients

    1 December marks World AIDS Day, a day when world wide campaigns are launched to promote awareness in prevention against AIDS/HIV, while trying to reduce the stigma often associated with HIV infected patients. Memorials for those who died of the pandemic are also observed. Apart from reducing the number of HIV patients, many organizations and agencies also try to help those people suffering from the disease, by enabling them to survive and have ordinary lives similar to others. In Thailand, Wat Phrabat Nampu is one of them. (More …)

  • Tom 7:43 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , communities, , , , H1N1 virus, , military camps, Nakhon Ratchasima, , , , second wave, , , ,   

    2nd wave of H1N1 hits Thailand 

    The Ministry of Public Health has reported some signs indicating the second wave of the H1N1 virus pandemic spread in many big cities of Thailand, while all public health offices across the country are assigned to monitor the situation closely.

    According to Permanent Secretary for Public Health, MD Paijit Warachit, the virus is spreading in many big cities such as Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima. High-risk areas include military camps, schools, and communities in all regions of Thailand. He stated that the second phase of the flu spread had started. (More …)

  • Tom 10:57 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , anti-AIDS, , campaig, , Chatuchak Park, HIV positive patients, , , , teenager, , ,   

    Bangkok launches campaign to counter AIDS 

    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and anti-AIDS networks has kicked off a campaign to promote the use of condoms and educate the public about AIDS.

    Deputy Governor of Bangkok MD Malinee Sukhawetworakit yesterday presided over the anti-AIDS campaign at Chatuchak Park after statistics suggested a number of new HIV positive patients in the capital city increased. MD Malinee said there were accumulated 350,000 patients over the past 25 years or 0.4% of the Thai population.

    Currently, 26,000 patients of those infected are still alive. In Bangkok alone, there are 57,000 patients, with 2,400 new cases this year.

    Most HIV positive patients were unaware of their disease and transmitted it to other people, the deputy governor said.

    The campaign stresses on providing knowledge about the disease and creating an understanding, especially among teenagers of age below 24 and other risk groups. (NNT) –

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