The Thai Health Center has held a press conference for the 21st annual IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, which will be taking place in the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall in Chonburi province from August 25th – 29th. The conference, expected to be attended by 2,000 people from 80 different countries, will promote Thailand as a center for health advocacy in the region and boost medical tourism.
According to Dr. Michael Sparks, President of the IUHPE, the 21st international conference will be the first one of its kind to be hosted in a developing country in Asia. However, due to global recession and budgetary predicaments, the agenda of the upcoming conference will focus on improving strategies for better advocacy of health worldwide.
Prof. Dr. Udomsil Srisangnam Co-chair of the Global Organization Committee for the conference, stated that the objectives of the meeting are to address the appropriate investments in health, and discuss the budgeting of various resources that can be used to assist the goal of better wellness. He further said that giving rise to these notions would highlight the obvious idea that in spite of modern technology, and ample medical researches as well as physicians, there are still those in poor health and with preventable illnesses, which were often caused by malnutrition and poor exercise.
Mr. IttipolKhunpleum , the Mayor of Pattaya, said that as Pattaya is a well-known popular vacation spot, several projects have been implemented to improve the city’s ability to facilitate and promote the health of locals and visitors; including a program in which doctors make house calls to treat patients at home, and a 20,000-bed at Pattaya City Hospital. The schemes will help work towards the 10-year strategic plan, implemented in 2008, to make Pattaya a more desirable place to live in besides being a holiday destination.