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Health Institute Unveils 3-Year Plan for Enhanced Public Health and Emergency Response

In a recent milestone, the Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI) has laid out a comprehensive three-year plan, signaling a strategic leap forward in organizational advancement. The aim is to fortify the efficiency of the public health system and establish robust measures for addressing emergency situations effectively. The strategic plan places a significant emphasis on elevating the universal healthcare policy, ensuring broader coverage and equitable services, especially for vulnerable groups.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Kanika Aunjit, in the announcement following the 10th committee meeting of the HSRI, highlighted the strategic alignment with government health policies. The core focus of the plan is to engineer a more effective public health system capable of adeptly responding to emergency situations. The universal healthcare policy, recognized for providing comprehensive coverage at a nominal fee of 30 Baht, is set to play a pivotal role in extending its services to a wider demographic, with special attention to vulnerable communities, thereby fostering a sense of equality in healthcare services.

The institution’s commitment to ‘Frontier Research,’ mandated by the Ministry of Public Health to advance policies in 2024, further underscores its dedication to innovation and staying ahead of evolving health challenges.

The plan, intricately woven into the Quick Win strategy, encompasses a range of initiatives. These include increasing urban service accessibility, focusing on mental health and drug addiction rehabilitation, and comprehensive cancer prevention and treatment. Additionally, there are concerted efforts to boost medical staff morale, enhance primary healthcare, delve into digital health initiatives, and promote fertility awareness.

Spokesperson Kanika elaborated on the HSRI’s pivotal role in generating knowledge to support health policy implementation and national development. The four key strategic areas include creating and managing health research knowledge, developing administrative systems to apply research findings, nurturing research personnel and networks, and evolving organizational management mechanisms to adapt to change.

As the HSRI charts its course for the 2024 fiscal year, the overarching goal is to evolve into an institute that not only achieves improved operation but also contributes to a more robust and efficient health system. The vision is to become an organization adept at effectively supporting work objectives and ensuring the health and well-being of the community.

Rei Rattey
Author: Rei Rattey

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