Facilitated by Ruth Sanderson
The Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System in Thailand is designed to support the 9th National Health Development Plan (2002-2006). It focuses on cardiovascular risk factors (CVD), a major public health problem in Thailand since 1990. Results of surveys not only showed the increasing prevalence of accessing care for diabetes and hypertension screening, and diabetes and hypertension self-management, and increasing prevalence of obesity, but also documented the prevalence of CVD unhealthy lifestyles (tobacco use, low fruit and vegetable intake, physical inactivity and alcohol use) in the Thai population aged 15 to 74 years. The next step is to target healthy lifestyle modification in the health plan so that the Thai people are prepared to face the risks associated with CVD.
Presenter: Supawan Manosoontorn
Supawan Manosoontorn is the recipient of Public Health Ontario’s speaker scholarship for the 7th global conference of World Alliance for Risk Factor Surveillance. She holds the position of Public Health Technical Officer, Senior Professional Level and is currently the head of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Center of the Bureau of Non-communicable Disease in Thailand. She was an instructor at faculty of nursing, Prince of Songkla University for 10 years and later became involved in the national non-communicable disease prevention and control programs of the Ministry of Public Health.
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