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GLOCOL BANGKOK Seminar Series 2010 -- #2: "The Prevention of Infectious Diseases: Policy and Practice"

2010-9-20 (Mon) - 2010-9-21 (Tue)

Thailand is one of the most active countries working on measures against infectious diseases. Since the 1990s, both government and civil society have been involved in developing measures aimed at the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. As a result, whereas annual HIV infections in the 1990s were as high as 100,000, as of 2000-2001, the number had dropped to 20,000.
But, as Thailand shares land borders with a number of other countries, the movement of people and goods means that infectious diseases can easily spread. As such, there is a limit to what measures in Thailand alone can achieve, and it is important that such measures are coordinated with those of neighboring countries.
In this seminar, researchers and representatives of the Ministry of Health and the United Nations will offer their perspectives on the issues associated with the prevention of infectious diseases. Participants will also visit and take part in a workshop at a Buddhist temple that is involved in both combating HIV/AIDS through both Buddhist practice and traditional medicine.

Day 1: September 20, 2010, 10:00-17:00

  • "Policies on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Thailand" -- Specialist from Department of the control of the epidemics, Ministry of Public Health.
  • "Noteworthy viral infections in Thailand" -- Naokazu Takeda, Professor,Thailand-Japan research Collaboration Center on Emerging and Re-emerging Infections (RCC-ERI)
  • "HIV/AIDS infections in Thailand" -- Prasert Thongcharoen, Emeritus Professor, a Virologist on SARS, HIV, Bird Flu, etc., ex-Director of WHO Collaborating Centre on AIDS and Member of the WHO Expert Committee Advisory Panel on Virus Diseases
  • "Health promotional activities for the prevention of HIV/AIDS" -- Deputy Director-General, SWING, a NGO for the prevention of AIDS/HIV among sex workers under the support of USAID and the Global Fund

Day 2: September 21, 2010, 8:00 - 17:00

  • Field visit: Traditional herbal medicine and Buddhist practice at Wat Prabat Nampu Temple
  • See cures by traditional herbal medicine and Buddhist practice at temple.
  • Talk with the abbots and monks in charge of their activities. 
For more information or to register, contact: GLOCOL, Bangkok or


Date: 2010-9-20 (Mon) - 2010-9-21 (Tue)
Organizer: Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University
Sponsored: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok; Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Bangkok on September 20 -- Wat Prabat Nampu Temple on September 21
Registration: Registration by email is required. Go to one of the email addresses above to register.

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