Policies and practices to attract, retain, support and reskill health and care workers during the covid-19 pandemic and future workforce development in thailand
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Praboromarajchanok Institute, Ministry of Public Health Thailand
Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Trang, Faculty of Public Health and Allied Health Sciences, Praboromarajchanok Institute
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A447
The low number of COVID-19-positive cases in Thailand indicates the robustness of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health(MoPH) and health-care system in responding to public health responses and emergencies. Its comprehensive duty is to lead the emergency response to prevent, contain, and control health challenges ranging from the national agenda to primary care in the communities. Key elements for tackling burdens include building the health workforce capacity and crafting public health policy that facilitate the capacity to respond to this pandemic. To enhance the capacity of health-care workers to respond to the pandemic, Praboromarajchanok Institute (PI) is a higher educational institution whose main mission is to produce and develop human resources according to the needs of the MoPH. PI has both implemented new policies and strengthened current policies to attract, retain, support and re-and up-skill health care workers during Covid-19 in Thailand. PI promotes community health through its affiliated colleges, which are located in every region of the country. PI also has close relationships with the communities it serves, which are akin to family. PI has been fully integrated at the primary health-care level, through its community and health promoting hospitals that provide first-contact services available to everyone. To make health systems more resilient to disaster preparedness and crises, PI plays a major role in producing health science graduates. These graduates serve as health personnel in rural areas, and make up more than half of the health workforce in the country. The MoPH and PI has greatly contributed to solving the national crisis on COVID-19. It promoted proactive action to prevent and monitor the spread of COVID-19 through village health volunteers (VHVs). VHVs use a smartphone application tool for surveillance of the COVID-19 epidemic. PI also now offers additional instruction for VHVs in nursing assistant and public health assistant program.
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